If when you are upgrading your Windows 10 computer or laptop to a newer version, it is stuck on Getting Windows ready, Don’t turn off your computer screen, then this post is sure to interest you.
Getting Windows ready, Don’t turn off your computer
I recently encountered this screen while upgrading my Windows 10 v 1607 to Windows v1703. While my other laptops did not face any issues, my Dell XPS laptop was stuck at this screen for over 2 hours! But there have been reports that it even takes 7 hours!
Well, what can or should you do in this case? Actually nothing much. You just need to wait till the upgrade process is over.
Never make the mistake of shutting down your laptop, else you never know, the PC might just not boot!
What did I do? After patiently waiting for over 2 hours, I decided to go to sleep. But I had ensured that my laptop would never go to sleep.
Before I start any upgrade process I always ensure that my laptop will not Sleep when plugged in. In Windows 10, you will get the setting under Setting > System > Power & Sleep. You will see a drop-down for When plugged in, turn off after setting. I select Never before upgrading my PC.
I ensured that the laptop was connected to the Mains power supply and things were all working fine.
Then I went to sleep.
The next morning I found that the laptop had successfully upgraded and when I logged in I saw the following screen.
So the takeaway from this small post?
As long as the circle animation is moving, don’t do anything. Just wait. 🙂
What if the animation itself is frozen? Well, I’d say still wait for a day. If you think its a lost cause, well you might have shutdown Windows using the power switch on the laptop.
If it does not boot, well, you may have to reinstall Windows 10, using Media Creation Tool or Windows Upgrade Assistant, ensuring that the ‘Keep personal files & data’ option is selected during installation.
All the best!