Windows 10 Frozen at spinning dots and windows icon - USB and HDD

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  1. Posts : 6
    windows 7
       #1

    Windows 10 Frozen at spinning dots and windows icon - USB and HDD


    Hi All,


    First time here but I have been unable to solve this issue today and I can not find any info on google. MY sister was unable to boot her laptop (Dell P55F) today. The bot process gets to the large blue windows 10 icon and there are usually spinning dots below it. In this case the dots spin for about 1/4 of a second, then become frozen in place and nothing happens for many hours after that if the computer is left on. Here are all the things I tried:

    -switching bios options. Secure boot on/off, legacy and uefi, processor features disabled, other hardware disabled, etc.
    -memtest86 - passed
    -all dell diagnostics - passed
    -swapped in different RAM - no difference
    -booting to USB created using windows media creation tool - also gets to the same place (spinning dots) and freezes. Tried this after removing hard drive and still does not boot. I tried three times with 3 different USB flash drives.
    -booting to Linux/Ubuntu USB, works successfully, able to open and browse hard drive and all files.

    The part about booting into USB windows not working, but also all of the hardware tests I can think of passing, is really baffling to me! Does anyone else have any other idea I have not thought of?

    Appreciate you reading!
    Thanks
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  2. Posts : 108
    Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    sona1111 said:
    Does anyone else have any other idea I have not thought of?

    Is it possible to run Windows in Safe Mode?
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  3. Posts : 6
    windows 7
    Thread Starter
       #3

    F8 during startup does not present any options and I cant boot into any windows 10 so far, so how may I try to access safe mode?
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  4. Posts : 325
    Windows 10 Pro
       #4
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  5. Posts : 6
    windows 7
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Hi TrustMe,

    The only option in that list without being able to boot into win10 is the "powering off and on to get the advanced option screen" (option 6 here Boot to Advanced Startup Options in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials ) I was never able to bring up that screen.

    Besides this, I have only ever tried USBs created with the media creation tool (installation USB) not recovery USB, but I do not have another windows 10 to create recovery USB, is it possible to download it somewhere?

    Thanks!
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  6. Posts : 325
    Windows 10 Pro
       #6

    You can get into Advanced Startup Optiions with your media creation USB drive. Just use option 5 in the guide you linked.

    Boot from your Win 10 installation USB flash drive
    Click next on the first screen to appear
    On the bottom left of the next screen, click Repair your Computer
    Click on Troubleshoot
    Click on Advanced Options.
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  7. Posts : 6
    windows 7
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Hi TrustMe,

    As I mentioned in my first post, I can not boot with the Media creation drive. I get to the same screen (Large Blue windows 10 logo with rotating dots) and it freezes the same way. I am not able to have any options before this freeze, unless you know of some special keys I can press to access extra options.

    Thank you
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  8. Posts : 16,278
    W10Prox64
       #8

    sona1111 said:
    Hi TrustMe,

    As I mentioned in my first post, I can not boot with the Media creation drive. I get to the same screen (Large Blue windows 10 logo with rotating dots) and it freezes the same way. I am not able to have any options before this freeze, unless you know of some special keys I can press to access extra options.

    Thank you
    Hi. Any progress on this?
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  9. Posts : 6
    windows 7
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Hi simrick,

    I have received no further suggestions, and have thus not been able to make any additional progress.

    Thank you
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  10. Posts : 16,278
    W10Prox64
       #10

    sona1111 said:
    Hi simrick,

    I have received no further suggestions, and have thus not been able to make any additional progress.

    Thank you

    Okay, maybe we can get something working here....

    How do you get to the one-time boot menu? F12?
    And to the BIOS settings? F2?

    Do you have an empty spare flash drive we can use?
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