One of the most annoying problems with Windows 10/11 is freezing for a long time on the “Windows is preparing – do not turn off your computer” screen.
During the installation of important updates, the message “Windows is preparing” appears, and in most cases the message disappears after 4-5 minutes, the computer will restart and you can continue working. But in some cases, the message remains for a long time, and users do not know how long they have to wait until Windows is ready.
In this article, you will find detailed instructions on how to solve the problem of “infinite” Windows readiness in Windows 10/11. 🙂
How to fix: Windows is getting ready, don’t turn off your computer in Windows 10/11,
- Wait again.
- Force close.
- Restore startup.
- Uninstall the latest updates.
- Reset the computer.
- Restore Windows 10/11.
- Clean installation of Windows 10/11.
Method 1. Wait for extended time.
If the computer is stuck on the “Ready for Windows” screen for a long time, do not despair and wait for the process to complete. I’ve personally had to wait anywhere from 1 to 4 hours (yes, you read that right) for an old computer to exit the “Ready for Windows” screen.
Some users even reported that their PC was stuck on the “Preparing Windows” page for about 8 hours before it successfully booted into Windows. Therefore, it is recommended to leave your computer for a longer period of time, especially if there are many updates that need to be installed. Also, in this case, I suggest replacing your hard drive with an SSD.
Method 2. Hard shutdown.
If you have waited too long or are in a hurry to resume work and the message still appears on the screen, a forced shutdown of the computer may solve the problem. For this:
1. press and hold down the power button at least 10 seconds to shut down your computer completely.
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3. Disconnect the power cord from the computer, and also if it is a laptop and it is removable, disconnect the battery.
4. After 5 minutes connect the power cable. (If you have a laptop, reconnect the battery first).
5. Turn on; launch set up your computer and see if it starts normally without getting stuck on the “Preparing Windows” message.
Method 3. Fix startup problems.
If the above methods do not solve the problem, the next step is to try to solve it using the options in Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE).
Step 1. Force Windows to boot in Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE).
1. press and hold down the power button At least 10 seconds to shut down your computer completely.
2. Turn on; launch your computer and when the manufacturer’s logo appears (or you see spinning dots), press and hold the power button for 10 seconds to turn off your computer again.
3. Repeat the above process 2 more times and then leave your computer to boot.
4. When the Auto Repair screen appears, click Advanced options, and go to the next step. *
*Note: If your PC won’t boot into WinRE, create a Windows 10/11 USB installation media from another functional PC and then boot the affected PC from the installation media.** Then click. The next one on the first screen and then click Repair your computer > Troubleshoot.
** To boot your computer from the installation media, turn on the computer and press one of these keys (F9, F8, ESC, Del) repeatedly to access the boot options depending on the computer manufacturer and select the USB installation media as the boot device. .
Step 2: Run Startup Repair.
1. Choose from the Windows recovery environment Troubleshooting > Advanced options.
2. click on Startup repair option and then select the target operating system (eg Windows 10)
3. Allow Windows to repair startup components and then restart.
4. Load Windows normally and continue to reinstall updates.
Method 4: Uninstall the latest update.
Since this issue usually occurs during a failed update installation, proceed to uninstall the latest update from WinRE.
1. Upload to WINRE Follow the instructions in Step 1 of Method 3 above.
2. inside Advanced options choose Disable updates.
3. Select an account with administrative privileges, enter the password and click Keep going.
4. Choose first Remove the last quality update and follow the on-screen instructions to remove it. *
* Note. If the problem persists after uninstalling the last quality update, repeat the same steps but this time Remove the latest feature update and check if this solves the problem.
Method 5: Perform a system restore.
Your next option to prevent Windows from getting stuck in “Ready for Windows” is to restore your computer to a pre-WinRE operating state.
1. Upload to WINRE Follow the instructions in Step 1 of Method 3 above.
2. in WinRE Advanced Options –> System Restore.
3. If prompted, select an account with administrative privileges, enter the password for that account, and click Keep going.
4. On the System Restore screen, click The next one. *
*Note: If you get a message like this”no restore points have been created on your computer…“Go to the next method.
5. Choose Show more restore points and select a date when you know your computer is working properly and then click The next one.
6. press Termination and Yes to start the recovery process.
7. Now wait for the recovery process to complete. Your computer will restart a few times during the recovery process, and when it’s done, you should be able to log into Windows without any problems.
Method 6. Restore Windows to its default state by saving your files.
Another way to restore Windows 10 is to reinstall Windows using the “Restore this PC” option in WinRE if your computer won’t start normally. *
* Important: The “Reset this PC” option will save your files, BUT deletes all your apps and settings. If the above methods do not solve the problem, use this option.
1. Follow the instructions in step 1 above to access WinRE.
2. press Reset this computer On the Troubleshooting screen. *
*Note: Keep in mind that If you started from USB Windows installation media, there is no option to restore this computer. In this case, proceed to the next method.
3. Select on the next screen Save my files. *
* Please note: If you continue, all apps and settings will be deleted and you will have to reinstall the programs when the process is finished.
4. If prompted, select an account with administrative privileges, enter the password for that account, and click Keep going.
5. Select if your computer is connected to the Internet cloud download, otherwise select Local reset. *
*Note: If your PC has a reliable internet connection, choose cloud download; otherwise, select Local reset – it does not require internet connection.
6. Finally, allow the Reset This PC tool to reinstall Windows.
Method 7. Clean Install Windows 10 and Check Hardware.
If none of the above methods solve your problem, your last option is to backup your files and perform a clean install of Windows 10.
That’s it! Which method worked for you?
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