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Windows 7: Still updating after 6 Hours

13 Mar 2014   #1
l02turner

win 7
 
 
Still updating after 6 Hours

Hello,
My stock Lenova desktop w/ win7 home did not wake up at 6AM from sleep - only my monitor turns off - the HD never turns off (my choice). So I turned it off with the power button and it has been starting very slowly. First it said it was configuring my desktop then when I returned 4 hours later it said "Preparing to configure Windows - Do not turn machine off" That was approx 3 hours ago. Normlly when things stop like this - the little ring is still rotating - I would turn it off but with it saying"Do not turn off' I am not sure I can safely do that.

What should I do?


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13 Mar 2014   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

It seems the OS thinks it's a new install showing those screens.

Disconnect any external USB devices except the mouse and keyboard. Give it some more time to see if it finishes.
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13 Mar 2014   #3
l02turner

win 7
 
 

Thanks for the quick help! I disconnected everything except M and K at 130PM ET (~20+ min ago) and so far no change or different messages. Should I continue to wait?

Thanks!!
;-)
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13 Mar 2014   #4
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by l02turner View Post
Thanks for the quick help! I disconnected everything except M and K at 130PM ET (~20+ min ago) and so far no change or different messages. Should I continue to wait?

Thanks!!
;-)
You may, in this case, be waiting for Gadot, but I would give it about 2 hours total.

HTH
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13 Mar 2014   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

You may have corrupted something with that 1st power off. If nothing happens after a couple of hours, try this:
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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13 Mar 2014   #6
l02turner

win 7
 
 
Still updating after 6 hours

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by l02turner View Post
Thanks for the quick help! I disconnected everything except M and K at 130PM ET (~20+ min ago) and so far no change or different messages. Should I continue to wait?

Thanks!!
;-)
You may, in this case, be waiting for Gadot, but I would give it about 2 hours total.

HTH
After about 2.5 hours I pressed the Power button then restarted in Normal Mode. Now, after another 2 hours it still says updating system but it also has 35% complete.shown - so at least something is happening. I'll see what happens when it reaches 100%. Hopefully it will start up normally.
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13 Mar 2014   #7
techtitan100

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

it should I had this same problem when I was downgrading from IE10 to IE9 because I didn't like IE10 with it loading slow and it got stuck on preparing to configure windows for 10 minutes which is unusual especially if you are un-installing an update for Internet Explorer and I forced the shut off and when it came back on it went to configuring windows updates 35% and all was fine when my system turned back on
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13 Mar 2014   #8
l02turner

win 7
 
 

It finally launched and W7 is trying to run. IE crashed immediately - I launched Task Manager and many services are stopped. It is running very slow. When I have a few minutes I'll try to turn the correct Services on. All this took over 12 hours to get to this point. Does w7 have a built in troubleshooter I should try? I have W7 on CD so I can run it from there. Any suggestions? BTW, I ran the built in memory test but everything tested good. Perhaps a bad MB or do you think it's all software related? I should mention, I bought this machine last Spring. It's been slugglish the whole time we've owned it. Then I became frustrated a month ago and reinstalled W7 - it came alive! Ran very fast and we were happy with it until waking it this morning.
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13 Mar 2014   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

From post #8

Quote:
When I have a few minutes I'll try to turn the correct Services on.
What services are you talking about?
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13 Mar 2014   #10
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Aha, this now sounds more like you have some sort of malware. (Malware=any type of virus, Trojan, exploits, etc.) In my sig are links to some scanners, Malware bytes and Super Anti Spyware, download and run full scans after updating.
You may have unknowingly reinstalled the same crapware as the machine had before.
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