Dealing with Windows Updates that are Stuck

Everyone has at some point seen the following messages during Windows startup:

“Preparing to configure Windows.
Do not turn off your computer.”

“Configuring Windows updates
x% complete
Do not turn off your computer.”

“Please do not power off or unplug your machine.
Installing update x of x…”

“Working on updates
x% complete
Don’t turn off your computer”

“Keep your PC on until this is done
Installing update x of x…”

Sometimes these message get stuck for hours at a time. For the simplest fix always try to press Ctrl-Alt-Del. In some situations, the Windows update(s) may be hung at a very particular part of the installation process and you could be presented with your Windows login screen after executing the Ctrl-Alt-Del keyboard command.

Source: “http://pcsupport.about.com/od/findbysymptom/a/windows-update-frozen.htm

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