Windows 10 stuck "preparing windows" for 35 minutes and counting

  1. Ornithophilia's Avatar
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    Windows 10 32 bit
       #1

    Windows 10 stuck "preparing windows" for 35 minutes and counting


    Two weeks ago, I shut down my Windows 10 laptop the normal way and today I booted it up. Now it is stuck at a light blue screen and it says "Preparing Windows" with spinning dots and refuses to move onto the login screen! It has sat there for 35 minutes now and counting!

    How do I get the ball rolling?
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  2. Samuria's Avatar
    Posts : 6,212
    windows 10
       #2

    If it's done a major update and a low spec PC it may take longer than that give it more times
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  3. spunk's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit 20H2
       #3

    I have run into this lately, once it gets to 20-30 minutes without changing, then hold the power button till the computer turns off, then restart it. Usually, this will continue on with the install when it comes back up.
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  4. EdTittel's Avatar
    Posts : 4,157
    Windows 10
       #4

    Good observation, that @spunk. I'm probably running about 80% "completes OK, even with user-initiated hard reset" in this kind of situation. I only go into troubleshooting mode if the next reboot doesn't result in a desktop or some other reasonable facsimile.
    Thanks,
    --Ed--
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  5. Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       #5

    1 year later he's still stuck, and counting.
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