Stuck at configuring Windows Updates screen? Try these fixes

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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Stuck at configuring Windows Updates screen

Performing regular updates on Windows 10 is crucial for your security and system stability.

However, sometimes there might be problems with certain updates and many users reported being stuck with Configuring Windows Updates 100% complete don’t turn off your computer message on their Windows 10 devices.

According to users, Configuring Windows Updates 100% complete don’t turn off your computer is displayed and they cannot access Windows 10 at all, as if the update process is stuck.

This is a rather big problem since you won’t be able to access Windows 10 at all, but there are few solutions available that can help you fix this problem.

There are many problems that can occur with Windows Updates, and in today’s articles we’re going to show you how to fix the following issues:

  • Configuring Windows Updates stuck, frozen, failed, hang, very slow – According to users, the Windows Update process can often get stuck or frozen. This can be a big problem, but you should be able to fix it with one of our solutions.
  • Configuring Windows Updates won’t finish – This is another common problem with Windows Updates. As users claim, it seems that the update process can’t finish at all.
  • Failure configuring Windows Updates endless loop – Several users reported that they were unable to install a specific update. According to them, they were stuck in an endless loop.
  • Configuring Windows Updates every time I turn on the computer – How do I stop my computer from configuring Windows updates? If that’s your question too, you should be able to fix it with one of our solutions.
  • Configuring Windows Updates restart loop – Sometimes users might get this message whenever they restart their PC. This can be a big problem since you won’t be able to use your PC at all.
  • Configuring Windows Updates reverting changes – This message can appear if a certain update can’t be installed. However, sometimes your PC might get stuck while reverting changes.
  • Configuring Windows Updates taking a long time – Many users reported that this process can take a long time. In most cases, it’s best to wait for the process to finish, but if waiting doesn’t help, you might want to try some of our solutions.

How can I get past the stuck Windows Updates screen?

1. Wait for the update process to complete

update process completed

Configuring Windows Updates 100% complete don’t turn off your computer message is a normal part of every Windows update.

Sometimes it can take a while in order for the update to be installed, so it’s no wonder many users assume that the update process is frozen.

The simplest solution to this problem is to wait for the update to install itself. In most cases, the update process isn’t stuck so you’ll just have to patiently wait for a while before the update is completely installed.


2. Remove any USB peripherals

configuring Windows Updates won't finish

If you’re stuck with Configuring Windows Updates 100% complete don’t turn off your computer, you might want to try removing your USB peripherals such as your external hard drive, printer, even your USB mouse and keyboard.

Users reported that disconnecting USB peripherals successfully fixed their problem, so try removing your USB peripherals and wait for a few minutes for the update to finish.

You can read more about how a USB peripheral can block the latest Windows 10 update in this article. In some cases, it applies to other updates as well.


3. Turn off your device and turn it back on again

failure configuring Windows Updates endless loop

Users reported that this solution works with Surface Pro devices, but you can try it with your Windows 10 PC as well. Just hold the power button for a few seconds until your device turns off.

After the device turns off completely, press the power button again to turn it on. If something doesn’t go as expected or you hear weird noises, it’s possible that you experience some power supply issues.

Don’t know how to fix power supply issues in Windows 10? Check this guide and set things right once again.


4. Try accessing Safe Mode

how to access Safe Mode

  1. After you turn on and turn off your computer a few times, you should see the Advanced Startup screen.
  2. Enter into Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings and click the Restart button.
  3. Once your computer restarts again, you’ll see a list of options. Press F5 to access Safe Mode with Networking.
  4. If you manage to install the update in Safe Mode, you can just restart your computer and access Windows 10 normally.

It’s possible that your update process is frozen due to a bad driver or a third-party application, and that’s why it’s always a good idea to try to access Safe Mode. To access Safe Mode, follow the above steps.


Safe mode is not working on Windows 10? Don’t panic, this guide will help you get past the booting problems.


FAQ: Learn more about configuring Windows Updates

  • Can I close my computer while updating?

We strongly recommend you to keep in mind that laptops usually shut down when you close their lid. Therefore, do not close them while updating.

  • How long does it take to configure Windows Update?

The update process can take a while; users often report that the process takes from 30 minutes up to 2 hours to complete.

  • How can I fix stuck at configuring Windows Updates?

Removing USB peripherals and accessing Safe Mode are confirmed solutions, as described in this guide on how to get past the stuck Windows Updates screen.

Editor’s Note: This post continues on the next page with even more ways to fix the Configuring Windows Updates screen error. Also, free feel to check out our wide collection of Windows Update error guides on similar topics.

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  • Ya know. When someone cant turn their pc on. Not even to safe mode. and these type of websites say “Just turn the update off” Yeah if i could get to the desktop in that situation i wouldnt even need your website to begin with. Such an oximoron

  • I was asked for an estimate on my machine. It took over a half hour to get up to the point I could retrieve the info. Thanks for costing the job MicroSoft. My customer didn’t care you wanted to upload your updates.

  • I have MULTIPLE machines in my shop suffering from this, none of the suggestions worked. Just been crushing the windows directory and importing data until a fix surfaces.