Windows 10 Install Stuck at Just a moment Loop [Fixed]

By Sophie Luo in Technical Tips
Just a moment loop
If your Windows 10 Upgrade or Install hangs or failed during the installation, and you’re seeing circle saying Just a moment but you’ve waited for centuries, you’re not alone. Many Windows users are reporting this problem as well. But no worries, it’s possible to fix. 
The speed of your upgrade is related to your hardware specification, disk space, hard disk read-write speeds and the speed of your Internet connection etc. If the process is taking you too much time, like extraordinarily long time, you might even see the notification below: 

Before you begin to do anything, please pay attention to the status of your machine: is it making any noise? Is the device’s light flickering or flashing? If the answers are yes, then you should wait for some longer time. 

If you are sure that there is nothing going on with your computer at the moment, you should consider doing the following things: 

  • Disable network devices, turn off Wi-Fi and unplug network cable if there is any. 
  • Remove any USB devices plugged in, including keyboard, mouse, printer, USB drive, AC adapter etc. 

Then see if the problem is solved. Once you are able to log into your desktop, plug in or turn on Wi-Fi, or have USB device to have the system to identify the devices. Once theses devices are up and running, restart your computer. The problem should be gone now. 


When you’re able to log in, you may need to check if you have the right drivers for your devices. You should verify this, and update those that don’t. 

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can do it automatically 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 clicks (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 all flagged devices to automatically download and install the correct version of their drivers (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). 

  • Sean Bednarz

    You do realize before you wrote this article about your software that you’d first need to get into the system right? DER.

  • Coco Aldea

    hey my acer cloud book. keeps on saying just a moment. its been 6 hours now. i cant even turn it of. it has built in battery. i tried altf10, shiftf10. but nothing seems to be working. what should i do. please help me

    • ap olson

      Did you ever get an answer? I am stuck in the same place with a HP Pvilion g6 after just replacing the hard drive.

    • Cliff Chism

      Hold down the power button until it shuts down, if this ever happens again. It should shut off after about 10-15 seconds.

  • Petr

    Hi everyone,
    I really recommend these steps if you have an issue to finish installing your windows 10.
    Installation of Windows 8 was with no problem, so I was pretty sure that there is no hardware problem. Also, I used to do this for living.

    First, the laptop turned off on the first screen “just a moment”. So I follow one of the steps – unplug AC adapter.
    The second time, it turned off after connecting to wifi. I disconnected wifi from the mainboard (no switch).
    Then finally installation has been finally finished.

    Does anyone have an idea why this happens?

    Good luck.

    • pete

      If you are installing onto a laptop, then Win10 will pause at a certain stage due to an overheat trigger.

      This can be caused by constant AC input and occours through net handshake.

      I fixed mine by putting the laptop in the fridge – it installed fine after this.

  • Pacey

    Would just turning off the Wi-Fi work

  • iEthan

    Should i unplug the AC adapter?

    • Sophie Luo

      Yes, you should.