Windows 10: Installing Windows 10 from USB, stuck on the spinning dots.

Discus and support Installing Windows 10 from USB, stuck on the spinning dots. in Windows 10 Ask Insider to solve the problem; Hi, just downloaded windows 10 onto a USB drive (32 GB), and it’s been about 30 minutes now and it’s still sitting here on a black screen with spinning... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Ask Insider' started by /u/TokyoWhiskey, Aug 8, 2020.

  1. Installing Windows 10 from USB, stuck on the spinning dots.


    Hi, just downloaded windows 10 onto a USB drive (32 GB), and it’s been about 30 minutes now and it’s still sitting here on a black screen with spinning dots. Hasn’t popped up with the installation window or anything yet. Is this normal? If not how do I fix it? Thanks.

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    /u/TokyoWhiskey, Aug 8, 2020
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    Now im stuck at this screen. I got past the spinning dots of death by removing the usb right after the first part of the install (first reboot).
    But now im stuck at this spinning dots instead (it says "förbereder" which means preparing in swedish)
     
    Mannomorth, Aug 8, 2020
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  3. OliverA20 Win User
    Windows stuck on spinning dots

    Hi,

    I i have a desktop, which has been running Windows 10, updated from Windows 7. Yesterday when I tried to start it up, it got stuck at the black screen with the Asus logo and black spinning (usually, but now frozen) dots. In the past it has occasionally been
    slow at this point, taking a few minutes but eventually getting past it, but yesterday it was stuck indefinitely.

    After a few manual restarts (holding down the power button) it tried to start the windows recovery and also got stuck on the spinning dots screen.

    I tried to boot from a USB with the Windows 10 installation media on it. When I booted from this (UEFI) I get stuck at the same screen. When I boot from legacy I get the Windows logo and spinning dots, also stuck.

    I even tried my old Windows 7 install disk - stuck again with the four coloured dots which become the windows logo.

    I could not enter safe mode. I think my solid state drive makes it impossible to do this with Shift + F8.

    I was however able to run Ubuntu from a CD and get the files I wanted from my hard drive (phew!).

    I then realised that when loading from a disk, it's slow enough to start windows in safe mode. For some reason I could only do this with the Windows 7 disk, so I tried that. I tried to install Window 7, reformatting the largest partition of the hard drive.
    There were a few others which I left which used 100s of MB. The installation runs and after unpacking the disk and getting some way through the installation, the PC restarts. I then got to the windows boot menu where it asked if I wanted Windows 10 or 7, I
    chose 7 and an error message appeared. Sorry, I can't remember it exactly, something to do with a system 32 file missing I think.

    I then installed Ubuntu, overriding Windows, in the hope that I could then install Windows afresh. When it came to installing Windows (via CD or USB drive) I once again get the frozen spinning dots screen.

    I've even tried unplugging my graphics card, SSD, DVD drive, and extra USB ports from my motherboard, so that only the CPU and RAM is plugged in. I can use the mobo graphics and boot from the USB stick in the mobo, but I once again get to this screen with
    the frozon spinning dots. I've also tried isolating my RAM, but not improvement there either.

    Sorry for the very long question. If someone can help I will be eternally grateful!

    Many thanks,

    Oliver

    PC specs:

    Motherboard - Asus Z170M-PLUS

    CPU - Intel i5 6600K @ 3.5GHz

    Graphics - AMD Radeon R9390

    RAM - 2x Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4 8GB 2400MHz
     
    OliverA20, Aug 8, 2020
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  4. Alexandru Win User

    Installing Windows 10 from USB, stuck on the spinning dots.

    Windows 10 is always stuck at spinning dots; can't reset and can't recover

    I just upgraded my Alienware Aurora R4 from Windows 8.1 Pro to Windows 10 Pro. Everything seemed to go okay. I was able to log in and everything as per the usual. Then I went to reboot it, and now it stays stuck at the spinning dots (before loading Windows). I am able to get into the BIOS but I cannot do a lot of things I have been trying to do to fix it:

    • Can't boot into Safe Mode (stuck at spinning dots).
    • Tried running the command prompt from the recovery screen and doing chkdsk and sfc scans. Nothing seemed to be wrong.
    • Can't System Reset (also gets stuck at spinning dots).
    • Can't boot into Windows 10 USB recovery media I made for it (tried both legacy and UEFI boot mode options, but this also is stuck at the spinning dots).
    • I unplugged all peripherals besides mouse and keyboard.
    • ePSA boot looks good; no problems found.

    I have researched into this, I know that some people have successfully been able to reset after this, but not I. Similar questions haven't helped. I can't seem to do anything. I don't mind wiping this garbage PC at this point and reinstalling from scratch, but am unsure how. It looks like I may need to run some other boot software to wipe the entire system off the PC. Any suggestions?
     
    Alexandru, Aug 8, 2020
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