Fortunately it had done it's work and a hard shutdown by holding the power button turned it off and it booted.
You bring up a good point. Do you expect PCs today to be without such annoying issues?
I'm updating BIOS on my Toshiba NB205-311/w PLL20U, and it's stuck on the blue Windows XP shut down screen with the message "Windows is shutting down." It's been this way for 3 hours now! What do I do? Have I bricked my computer?!?!?!? The update seemed to be working fine up to this point.