5 Ways to Overcome Getting Windows Ready in Windows 10
5 Ways to Overcome Getting Windows Ready in Windows 10
Stuck in the “Getting Windows ready” loop for a while? Here's how to get rid of it forever.
Windows has made great strides over the years and has successfully become the operating system for millions of desktop users worldwide. Windows 11 maintains the pattern with better robustness in security, cleaner UI and better performance. Thus, Microsoft is expected to raise the bar again.
However, for now, Windows 10 computers are still prone to random errors. One of them is when Windows remains stuck in the “Getting Windows Ready” loop. In this article, we will discuss how to fix Getting Windows Ready in Windows 10. But before that, let's discuss the probable direct causes of this error.
Possible Causes of the Getting Windows Ready Error
Remember, like all things Windows, many factors may interfere with the smooth working of your PC. Thus, several factors are more likely to be the cause of the “Getting Windows ready” loop. Here are some factors that might be the cause:
1. Slow internet speed or interference on the network.
2. Slow PC which can't prepare PC quickly.
3. An operating system that hasn't been updated for a long time and needs to download and install a lot of data.
How to Overcome Getting Windows Ready
Whatever is causing the Getting Windows Ready error in Windows 10, we have put together the best methods you can use to solve the problem. Let's start with the first and most basic.
1. Give Windows a Little More Time
Give Windows a Little More Time
This may sound strange. But sometimes the best, tricky thing you do doesn't always solve the problem. If you are not pressed for time, consider leaving the PC as it is, for as long as necessary.
The update process usually takes a while, especially if you haven't updated your PC in a while or your internet connection is slow. Try leaving it to update all day. If there is still no progress, then the problem may lie elsewhere.
2. Check Internet Connection
Check Internet Connection
As we have said above, if something is not right with your own internet connection, then you will obviously face problems updating your PC. Double-check to make sure that's not the case, and try to fix it if it is.
If you are using a wired connection, take a look at your router. Unplug and plug the cable into your router to see if it works. If using Wi-Fi, check again if Wi-Fi is working properly. If you feel something is wrong, try some fixes or use an Ethernet cable.
3. Use Forced Shutdown
Use Forced Shutdown
If you have tried the two methods above and are still stuck with the "Getting Windows ready" screen, I suggest you try shutting down your computer. Admin reiterates, only try this method after you have tried the method above.
While your Windows is updating, a sudden shutdown can cause damage to important system files. You might even end up with a blue screen of death error that bothers Windows users.
Some might say you won't lose any files after a forced shutdown, especially after the new componentization architecture that came with Windows Vista, known as Component-Based Servicing. Nonetheless, we always advise you to act with caution and never take unnecessary risks with your system.
If you have decided that you want to take a chance. Here's how you can perform a forced shutdown: If you're using a laptop, press and hold the power button until the system turns off. Then, restart the system, and you will see the updates downloaded again, or the system will boot normally. If you are using a PC, simply turn it off from the power source.
If all went well, your computer should come back up without any problems.
4. Use Startup Repair Tool
Use the Startup Repair Tool
Startup Repair is a free and handy tool that is included in the System Recovery Options menu of the Windows operating system. It helps its users automatically solve many complex problems related to accidental data loss, startup problems and many more. Follow the steps below to get started:
1. Create Windows installation media on a USB drive. If you need advice on how to do this, follow the admin's guide on how to make a bootbale flashdisk with rufus.
2. Boot your computer with the USB drive and select the Repair your computer option from there.
3. From there, select Troubleshoot.
4. Now, on the Advanced options screen, click on Startup Repair.
The Startup Repair option will start looking for errors and problems on your computer and solve as many of them as possible. When the process is complete, shut down Windows and boot again to see if the problem persists.
5. Do a Factory Reset
Do Factory Reset
Factory Reset, as the name suggests, completely wipes the copy of Windows on your computer. It then installs a fresh copy of the operating system so it's just as new as when you first bought it. This is a handy tool from Microsoft that can save you from all kinds of Windows problems.
Also, it comes with two different reset modes: Keep my files and Remove everything. Keep my files removes Windows and any additional apps and updates you installed on top of it, but it will keep your documents intact. On the other hand, the Remove everything option will delete all existing data on your PC and then reinstall Windows from scratch.
To get started, boot your PC with a bootable USB as you did in the method above, and select the format your PC option. Follow the instructions ahead, and you'll have a brand new Windows 10 in no time.
So that's how to solve Getting Windows ready in Windows 10. Stuck in the “Getting Windows ready” stack is a troublesome problem. Even more so when you have important deadlines to meet. Hopefully, one of the methods listed above solved the problem.
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