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Windows 7: Configure windows

20 Aug 2014   #1

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Configure windows

I have just tried to shut down my computer for the first time in a while and it says preparing to configure windows please don't shut down computer. This happened before the computer even turned off and it's been stuck for a while now. What do I do?

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20 Aug 2014   #2
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Kimba, and welcome to Seven Forums.

How long is a while?

Sometimes it may seem like the computer is hung, but as long as there is hard drive activity it'll be best to let it sit and finish installing the update(s).
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20 Aug 2014   #3

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)

If it's a recent install, and the original installation disk was the original version rather than SP1, then it may be installing the Service Pack - which can take a couple of hours.

Only start worrying if there is no HD activity at all for more than 5 minutes (there is almost certainly an indicator somewhere - check your manuals for details).

I've had 'normal' shutdowns take 15 minutes after a long run - and was about to hit the panic button when suddenly the HD light started flashing again, and the system moved to the next stage.
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