I currently have an issue that I was hoping some of you could help me out with. After an update to my Windows 10 HP Pavilion desktop last evening, my computer will no longer enter Windows startup. Instead, it gets stuck on a black screen with a blinking underscore in the top left-hand corner. I am able to access my UEFI BIOS. From there, I ran the S.M.A.R.T. test and all the tests passed. It seems that my hard drive is still functioning and connected but the Windows patch is causing issues. I am currently unable to boot into safe mode because the computer gets stuck before the Windows boot page. I have not performed a system backup recently, so I likely won't be able to restore the PC to an earlier state.
Many important files are stored on my computer and I don't want to lose them by re-performing a full Windows install. I am thinking about running the system repair tool from the "System Recovery" portion of the BIOS. Would this be a safe solution to try? Is there a way I can repair this issue without deleting all the data stored on the computer?
Any other ideas? I'd appreciate any help as soon as possible!