Windows 10: W10 install taking forever, won't complete Solved

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  1.    16 Jun 2018 #1

    W10 install taking forever, won't complete

    Hi guys,

    Got my self another weird one here. Decided to resurrect an old desktop of mine to give to a family member. When I was using it it was running W7, the only reason I stopped using it is because I built another system. I've whacked a brand new HDD in, replaced the heatsink & fan, other than that the system is as it was.

    W10 install (from USB) is taking absolutely forever. Every step of the process is taking an inordinate amount of time. Two hours to install, and it's been on the "Just a moment" screen for over an hour. I've now switched it off. I've tried 3 times and this has happened on every attempt.

    The system far exceeds the requirements for W10 and I know the boot media is good because I've installed from it several times with no issues. Does anyone have any ideas? I know this is a hard one to address in a forum but maybe someone has had this problem before? I've done the googling and found several sources with this problem but they all end up being something like dead HDD or 200 USB sticks plugged in or something.

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  2.    16 Jun 2018 #2

    Try removing and disconnecting anything - esp. any other disks internal or otherwise.

    If you've not had Win 10 on it, check for a BIOS update.

    It's a new HDD, but you could run some diagnostics on it + cabling & hardware using a boot disk such as Kyhi's, from the top of the Software and Apps section here.
    Last edited by dalchina; 16 Jun 2018 at 11:22.
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  3.    16 Jun 2018 #3

    Thanks for the reply, I have nothing non essential connected. Not even the DVD drive, no sound card, no front USB etc. Just power, HDD and FPanel switches (PWR and Reset)

    Even using the on board video rather than the GFX card.

    I'll try slapping another HDD in it in case this one is dodgy, stranger things have happened!
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  4.    16 Jun 2018 #4

    Changed the HDD and data cable. S.M.A.R.T capable and status OK - trying again.
    We're now at "Getting files ready for installation" - currently 7% - proceeding much slower than I would expect from this machine. It's old, but more than capable of handling W10.

    I've erred on the side of caution and opted for 32 bit install, the CPU will support 64 bit but I'm going with 32.

    I can't find an updated BIOS beyond what it already has.
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  5.    16 Jun 2018 #5

    Allow an hour - maybe more... be patient and see how far it gets, unless the time seems absurd.

    Have you elected to install updates at the same time? Could it be a download restriction? You could try without downloading updates, but 1803 can be problematic for some.

    You can check disk performance with the boot disk- e.g. portable Crystal DiskMark. (Maybe there's a utility on the disk anyway- the details of what's included are there too).
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  6.    16 Jun 2018 #6


    I'm used to my laptop which is insanely fast. I know it'll complete the install - I just hope it doesn't hang up on "just a moment" again. It can't install updates as it's not connected to the router and the Wi-Fi dongle is sitting on my desk :)

    I'll be disabling updates anyway as the family member I'm giving this to doesn't have fibre, they get like 2mb downrate and I remember when I had that sort of speed, it jammed up the connection to the point where I couldn't even post extremely important things on facebook from my phone

    Ok since I started typing we've now progressed to the reboot, fingers crossed!
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  7.    16 Jun 2018 #7

    There is a throttling arrangement for updates now, but I quite appreciate the limit precludes updating.
    Limit Bandwidth of Windows Update and Store App Updates in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    However, with 1803, it may well be quite important for some to get the first updates to fix things- and that's an MS work in progress. (Expect these to be big- see below).

    One way to do that is to manually download them on a fast connection, then apply them to that system.
    Links per update are provided in the threads per update per build in the News section.

    Note: test it out thoroughly including audio (stutter), compatibility with drivers for external devices (E.g. Epson perfection scanners are problematic in 1803).

    If it seems to be working, you're lucky; as soon as you can, start creating disk images as a matter of routine- so if sthg goes wrong you can restore your system. (E.g. Macrium Reflect -free- + large enough external disk).

    Note that disabling Windows Updates is likely to stop Defender updates too, if you use that.
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  8.    16 Jun 2018 #8

    Thank you again for your replies. It has completed the installation this time. However, it's running mind bendingly slow, won't even respond to mouse clicks. Connected to Wi-Fi and updates disabled. I don't get it :

    /scratchy head emoticon

    As it stands it's literally unusable and I don't understand why, this machine has ample firepower for W10. It's borderline unresponsive.
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  9.    16 Jun 2018 #9

    Please post system specs including make, model, RAM, disk etc etc (Speccy can help).

    Also post a screenshot of your task manager and resource monitor.
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       16 Jun 2018 #10

    How old is this machine it could be pretty much at the end of life at 8 years or even more or whatever.
    The MOBO may have gone out of spec or some part might not be working. You can of course replace plugin bits but that is just a very small part of the MOBO functionality.
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