How to Fix Getting Windows Ready Stuck in Windows 10

This article will provide a guide in how to fix getting Windows-ready stuck issue.

Hanging the Windows10 operating system

Any freezes of the computer in terms of the operation of its operating system, regardless of their duration, always cause a reasonable negative reaction from users and many questions regarding options for eliminating this problem. In this article, we will focus on a rather problematic situation in which the user, when installing/updating the Windows operating system, encounters a freeze in the operating system at the step labeled “Getting Windows ready”.


So, as many probably know, the inscription “Getting Windows ready” speaks of the final stage of preparing the functioning of the installed/updated operating system. Accordingly, it should be understood that this process can really take a lot of time, especially if the installation itself took more than a dozen minutes. Getting Windows ready with an active workflow indicator can take an hour, or two, or three, so the first option is trivial to wait.

The main reasons for the hang-up of the preparatory process can be the following points:

  • bootloader malfunction;
  • malfunction of the used operating system image;
  • problems in the cable connection, including unstable power supply;
  • active network processes;
  • malfunction of computer components.


Based on the reasons given, the following algorithm of actions can be distinguished, which, under certain circumstances, will solve the problem with freezing.

In the first situation you need to follow the next steps:

  • shut down the computer, but keep in mind that an emergency shutdown may lead to additional errors in the operation of the operating system;
  • disconnect all external input/output devices, third-party drives, speakers/headphones, etc .;
  • disconnect the power cable of the system unit or remove the laptop battery;
  • leave a de-energized computer for a while, literally 1-2 minutes;
  • reconnect the power cable / insert the battery and return, if necessary, external peripherals, except for the internet connection cable.

In the second variant you need:

  • Disable Update Center. So, we assume that the system has booted in safe mode. The first step is to deactivate the Update Center service. In the OS below the tenth modification, you can disable it directly in the corresponding section “Control Panel”. In Windows 10, this procedure is performed exclusively through the services section. We will start from this section since this solution is universal for all Windows systems. First, you need to enter the editor, using the Run console and the services.MSc command, find the Update Center there, open the parameter editing window via RMB or double-click, stop the service, set its startup type to disabled, and then restart systems.
  • Remove updates. However, it happens that, for example, the corresponding message in Windows 10 (“Preparing Windows. Do not turn off the computer”) appears again only because the updates have already been downloaded, but the system is persistently trying to configure them. To correct the situation, they must be completely removed.