Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Installation Process Frozen At "Installing Update"

24 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
Installation Process Frozen At "Installing Update"

I've recently had ubuntu 10.04 installed on my laptop and I wanted to switch back to Windows 7. I have a copy of my windows 7 on my hard drive which I've used to reinstall windows 7 multiple times. For some odd reason when I try now every time I go through the process it freezes at "Installing Updates" and goes no farther. It doesn't have a percentage next to it or anything. I've deleted all the partitions, formatted it multiple times and still the same problem.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jan 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP


How are you booting the installer if it's on your HD?

You'll need to burn it to DVD or write to USB flash stick to boot it, then wipe the HD of all code, since GRUB can corrupt Win7 until it is wiped from the drive: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit

I was booting the installer off an external hard drive. I kept trying and instead of formatting the partition that failed at installing I just retried it and it worked. It's completing the installation right now.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

24 Jan 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


All Linux code must be deleted.As you have had linux on the HD you need do a Clean all & full format.

Try a full clean & full format in command prompt.
1) Boot DVD & Press Shift+F10 (for command prompt)
2) Boot DVD, & Command Prompt at Startup
(for command prompt)

Type in command line

SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Installation Process Frozen At "Installing Update"

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Fresh Installation "Checking for updates" frozen.
Just reinstalled Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) and i am having troubles doing the first windows update. I have googled around and it seems like other people are having this problem as well, here is a list of fixes i have tried. I have tried installing both of the updates listed below, but they...
Windows Updates & Activation
"Error opening process" message in Process Explorer
Hi Everyone I recently did a System Restore on a Windows 7 Pro 64 bit system to correct a strange problem I was having with IE. It seems to have solved the problem, but now Process Explorer is displaying the messages in the screen shot below, and I'm not sure why. The computer is functioning...
Windows 7 Installation frozen at "Expanding Windows Files (0%)"
Hello. This is my first post here; so I hope I am not breaking the rules by posting a help thread immediately after registration. I'll basically describe what has happened today with my PC. I was originally running Vista, but then I decided to upgrade to Windows 7 with a new hard drive. My issue...
Installation & Setup
Windows 7 64B installation stuck on "Installing updates"
I installed an ocz vertex 4 ssd (256g model) into my msi gt70 laptop. A product key came with the laptop, and I've burned windows 7 to a disc. I made sure the ssd has priority in the BIOS too. When I start up the installation, it gets to the "Installing updates" step, but doesn't progress any...
Installation & Setup
STILL confused about "Upgrade" installation process.
Hello everyone. I purchased one of the $49 W7 Home Premium upgrades when they were available. However, It's still unclear to me whether or not I will be able to install this thing without a pre-existing OS installation on my hard drive. Can anyone give me a definitive yes or no? Thanks.
Installation & Setup

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 22:27.
Twitter Facebook Google+