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

Discus and support Windows 10 stuck "preparing windows" for 35 minutes and counting in Windows 10 Support to solve the problem; 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... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Support' started by Ornithophilia, Oct 9, 2019.

  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?

    :)
     
    Ornithophilia, Oct 9, 2019
    #1
  2. Ahhzz Win User

    Windows 10 Tweaks

    Pressing “Windows+Pause Break” (it’s up there next to scroll lock) opens the “System” Window.

    Windows 10: In the new version of Windows, Explorer has a section called Quick Access. This includes your frequent folders and recent files. Explorer defaults to opening this page when you open a new window. If you’d rather open the usual This PC, with links to your drives and library folders, follow these steps:

    • Open a new Explorer window.
    • Click View in the ribbon.
    • Click Options.
    • Under General, next to “Open File Explorer to:” choose “This PC.”
    • Click OK


    credit to Lifehacker.
     
    Ahhzz, Oct 9, 2019
    #2
  3. Windows 10 Update stuck at 35% completed

    Hi Johanson,

    Thank you for posting in Microsoft Community, we appreciate your interest in Windows 10.

    As per the description I understand that your device is stuck at 35% of installation of Windows Updates, we will help you with this issue.

    Do let us know the following to assist you better with this issue:

    • Are you using wired/ wireless internet connection?
    • Have you installed any anti-virus software on your device?
    • Were you able to see any error code/ error message with this issue?

    This issue might be due to the anti-virus software or corrupted Windows Update Components.

    I suggest you to remove all the external devices except mouse and keyboard, hard reboot the computer and perform the below troubleshooting steps.

    Method 1:

    Step 1: I suggest you to switch to wired connection (Connected the internet cable to your device) and try if you are able to install the Windows Updates. Also, try to uninstall the anti-virus
    software installed on your device.

    If the issue still persists,

    Step 2: I suggest you to
    run the Windows Update troubleshooter and check.

    Windows Update Troubleshooter resolves problems that prevents you from updating windows.

    Steps:

    • Press Windows key and type
      Troubleshooting.
    • Click on Troubleshooting and click on
      View all in the left pane.
    • Select Windows Update to run theWindows Update Troubleshooter
      and follow the on-screen instructions.

    If the issue still persists then,

    Method 2: I suggest you to try the steps mentioned in
    Reset Windows Update components
    and check if you are able to find the Windows Updates.

    Registry disclaimer: Important this section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that
    you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs.

    Refer to the below article to backup and restore the registry in Windows:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/

    Note: The above links applies to Windows 10 as well.

    Hope it helps. Reply to the post with an updated status of this issue, we will be happy to assist you further.
     
    Deepika Gowda, Oct 9, 2019
    #3
  4. P4-630 Win User

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

    Microsoft claims I signed up for Windows 10...

    Click to expand... This is my list of hidden updates:

    Windows 10 stuck "preparing windows" for 35 minutes and counting hidden-updates-jpg.jpg
     
    P4-630, Oct 9, 2019
    #4
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