Fix: Getting Windows Ready Stuck

After an update of Windows, the operating system implements the new features and updates upon the next startup and take some time to install the changes. So whenever you boot your computer after an update, Windows displays a message “Getting Windows Ready” and stays there for quite some time.

In some cases, this ‘time’ can extend to more than several hours and this can prove to be a nuisance for several users. You cannot expect a user to stay standstill for so many hours after just an update. That is how it is and we are here to help you with that. Take a look at the solutions down below and start with the first one.

Solution 1: Waiting it out

The easiest and working fix is so simple that you won’t believe your eyes. Yes, you read that right; you have to wait it out. Whenever you see the message “Getting Windows Ready”, it means that Windows is applying the updates to your computer.

This process can take a while depending on the number of programs installed on your computer. Think of it this way; Windows doesn’t only have to implement the update on your operating system but also has to modify all the settings of the applications and modules on your computer.

So let the computer do its thing and wait for hours. If you have time, you can even give it a day or two. Hopefully, you won’t have to resort to the other solutions listed below.

Solution 2 and 3 are targeted when you have done a lot of waiting (i.e. 3-4 hours). These solutions are meant to speed up the process if Windows is bottle necked on some issues. If you have been waiting very long, you can proceed with the other solutions.

Solution 2: Removing all Attached Devices

Before we start following more technical and tedious methods, you should check if there are any type of attached devices on your computer. These attached devices could include storage devices, connection to other devices, to other modules, printers etc.

The focus here is the ‘USB’ devices attached to the system whether they be of any kind. You can further rectify this solution by also plugging out all USB devices including the mouse, keyboard etc. This will make sure that there is no interference of any kind and the update will finish more quickly.

Solution 3: Disconnecting Internet Connection

Whenever you see the ‘getting Windows ready’ dialogue box, it usually means two things; either Windows is installing an already downloaded update package from the internet or Windows is currently downloading additional content from the internet.

Now the question is, how do you disconnect from the internet if you cannot access the settings on the computer? First, if you are using an Ethernet connection, simply plug out the Ethernet cable from the back of your computer. If you are using Wi-Fi, turn off the router.

Basically, turn off anything which your computer might be able to connect to. If you have two routers, it is possible that if you close one off, the computer connects to the second one automatically. After disabling the internet connection, wait for the processing to finish completely. You still might have to wait but not that long as when you are connected to the internet.

Solution 4: Power cycling your Computer

Power cycling is an act of turning off a device completely off and then on again. Reasons for power cycling include having an electronic device reinitialize its set of configurations parameters or recover from an unresponsive state or mode. It is also used to reset all the network configurations as they are all lost when you turn the device completely turned off.

Here are the steps to help you power cycle your computer.

  1. Turn off your computer by pressing the power button for a couple of seconds.
  2. Once the computer is shut down, plug out all the USB cables and peripheral devices.
  3. Now unplug the main power cable from your computer. If you are using a laptop, take out the battery after pressing the buttons or pulling the lever.
  4. Now press and hold the power button of the computer for at least 1 minute. This should drain all the remnant power.
  5. Now connect all the cables back into the computer but still don’t plug any of the USB devices. If this method works for you, either you will not see the screen at all or you will see it finish in very less time.

Solution 5: Performing SFC and then System Restore

If all the above solutions are not working out, you can try performing an SFC scan using recovery options present in the recovery environment. If this still doesn’t work, we can go ahead and do a system restore.

System restore rollbacks your Windows to the last time it was working correctly. The restore mechanism automatically creates backups either periodically or in-time whenever you install a new update.

  1. Insert a bootable media inside your PC and boot from it (you can learn how to create bootable media from our article “How to create bootable DVD or USB”. Either this or you can try entering the recovery environment directly on your computer and skip to step 3.
  2. Now click on “Repair your computer” present at the bottom left of the window after you select the language and time format.

  1. Now click on the option of “Troubleshoot”.

  1. Now click on “Command prompt”.

  1. In the command prompt, execute the following statement:
sfc /scannow

After the process is complete, restart your computer and check if the problem at hand got solved.

  1. If you are still unable to get past the ‘Getting Windows Ready’ screen, you should navigate to the options and select “System Restore”.

Choose the correct restore point and carry on with the process.

Final Solution: Reinstalling a Fresh copy

If all the above methods don’t work out, you should try to wait for more if you have time. Maybe it will work but ifyou want, you can install a fresh copy of Windows onto your computer. You check our article on how to create a bootable media. There are two ways: by using media creation tool by Microsoft and by using Rufus. You can also backup your licenses using the utility Belrac. You should also backup your data before you do a clean install. You should boot into safe mode and backup your files manually from there.

Kevin Arrows
Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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