Fix PC Stuck on “Getting Windows Ready”

By Jonny Lin in Common Errors Tags: Windows 10Windows 8

Many Windows 10 or 8 users have got a troublesome issue on their computer. They have stuck on a screen with a message saying “Getting Windows ready. Don’t turn off your computer.”

The issue occurs when they are trying to turn on, turn off or restart their computer. When they see the “Getting Windows ready” screen, they can’t get around this screen by simply restarting or shutting down the computer. 

In many cases, this issue happens after they upgrade from an older version of Windows or when they are installing the system. But some people get it when they are installing system updates.

If you are facing the same issue, you may be very annoyed trying desperately to find a solution. But don’t worry. This issue is still possible to be fixed. The methods as follows can help you get out of the “Getting Windows ready” screen. You don’t have to try it all; just work your way down until you find the one that works for you.

Here are the methods you can try:

  1. Wait for some long time
  2. Power reset your computer
  3. Run System File Checker
  4. Reinstall your Windows
  5. Pro Tip: Update your drivers


Method 1: Wait for some long time

When your computer shows you the screen of “Getting Windows ready”, your system may be downloading and installing files or dealing with some tasks in the background. It may take some time for your system to finish these jobs. So if you want your computer to boot normally, the first thing you can try is to wait. Wait until the system completes its tasks and you will get out of the screen.

But if you have waited for a reasonable amount of time, say about 2 ~ 3 hours, and you still can’t see the screen disappear, then you should try something else.


Method 2: Power reset your computer

Power resetting can clear all information in your computer memory without damaging your data. It is helpful for fixing those corruption issues on your computer and get you out of the loop of “Getting Windows ready”.

To power reset your computer:

1) Turn off your computer regardless of the getting ready screen.

2) Unplug all peripheral devices (USB flash drive, external hard drive, headphone, etc) from your computer.

3) Unplug the power cable from your computer.

4) Unplug the battery from the battery compartment of your laptop (only if you are using a laptop and your laptop battery is removable).

5) Press and hold the power button on your computer for 30 seconds. (Your computer should stay off afterward.)

6) Plug the power (and the battery) back to your computer.

7) Turn on your computer. You won’t see the screen this time if this method works for you.


Method 3: Run System File Checker

The System File Checker utility is a Windows built-in tool for Windows users to scan for and restore corrupted system files. You may not be able to stop the “Getting Windows ready” screen showing up because there are corrupted files on your computer. You can try running System File Checker and see if this can help you fix these corruption issues.

NOTE: You will need a Windows installation media (USB installation drive or installation DVD) for your system at hand before you can follow the steps below.

1) Put your Windows installation media into your computer and boot from it.

2) Select your language and location. Then click Next.

3) Click Repair your computer.

4) Select Troubleshoot.

5) Select Command Prompt.

6) Type “sfc /scannow” and press Enter on your keyboard.

7) Wait for the process to complete.

8) Close Command Prompt. Then select Turn off your PC.

9) Turn on your computer. Then check to see if the error disappears.


Method 4: Reinstall your Windows

If none of the methods above can help you, your system may have got issues that can’t be fixed. In this case, you may need to reinstall your Windows system. To do so, you can put your Windows installation media into your computer and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the reinstallation. Then you can check to see if you have got rid of the issue. (Note that this will erase your data on the partition where you have put your operating system.)


Pro Tip: Update your drivers

This issue may be caused by wrong or outdated drivers on your computer. After your computer recovers, you can try updating all your device drivers to prevent this issue from happening again and keep your computer healthy. In fact, you can update your drivers automatically and quickly with Driver Easy.

Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 steps (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

1) Download and install Driver Easy.

2) Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

3) Click the Update button next to each driver to automatically download and install the correct version of this driver (you can do this with the FREE version). Or click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

  • Tom

    what installation disk? Everything was preinstalled. I didn’t get a disk!

  • Dennis DiSanto

    I had this probem too. As long the cursor is moving then windows is going thru and setting up. It took mine 3 hrs to finally finish

  • SuNny GuPta

    how i can stop maintenance if the computer is not getting started

  • M Nov

    Can’t get into computer so your response is moot.

  • Bill Rinehart

    How do I access the control panel when I’m still stuck on this screen?

  • Jonny Lin

    Thanks for sharing this.