Fix: Game install taking forever
The sheer size of modern games can certainly prolong the installation process. But, nonetheless, we can conclude that even the likes of Gears of War 4, enormous in size and with an abundance of DLC’s, will eventually install after a few hours or so.
But, what to do when the game install is so long that you’re not even sure if the progress bar is advancing forward?
There are many possible reasons for this and we made sure to cover them in this article. Sometimes the problem lies in the setup files and additional programs, and that’s easily determined by trying to install an alternative game.
On the other hand, if you’re running in the same obstacle with various installation tries, it’s worth checking your HDD using these HDD health check software.
So, we advise you to run through all of the steps and, hopefully, we’ll be in the clear.
How to resolve the game stuck into installing process for eternity
- Quit and try again
- Run installer in the compatibility mode w/ administrative permission
- Restart Steam and try again
- Defragment the HDD and check its health
- Check your internet connection
Solution 1 – Quit and try again
A simple but nonetheless viable step when something like this occurs. Especially if you’re installing digital copies with the Steam client or its peers. Furthermore, make sure that you have enough storage space. Free up some space if necessary.
Contemporary games come with a lot of additional patches and updates that can, sometimes, take up to 10, 20, or more gigabytes. Basically, in order for the installation process to finish completely, occasionally you’ll need to install available updates, too. And that will additionally prolong the installation process.
Therefore, make sure to stop the installation process, clean everything, check all included variables (storage space, permissions, etc.) and start from a scratch. Furthermore, if there’s a way, you can start the setup directly and avoid the Steam/Battle.net/Origin client.
Solution 2 – Run installer in the compatibility mode w/ administrative permission
While we’re at it, it’s worth mentioning that sometimes the incompatibility with the current system version can stall or even prevent the installer from completing the installation.
In order to avoid this, we advise you to run the game in the compatibility mode to an initially predicted system version. Meaning that, if your game is older, make sure to run it in the compatibility mode for Windows 7 or 8. Furthermore, the administrative permission is also important in order for the installer to make changes to your system.
- READ ALSO: Fix: Unable to run Steam games in Windows 10
If you’re unaware of this, the steps below should show you how to do it:
- Navigate to the folder where the game setup (Setup.exe, most of the time) is located. It’s either on the installation disk or in the PC storage.
- Right-click on ”Setup.exe” and open Properties.
- Choose the Compatibility tab.
- Check the ”Run this program in compatibility mode for” box.
- From the drop-down menu, select Windows 7 or Windows 8.
- Now, check the ”Run this program as an administrator” box.
- Click OK to confirm changes.
After that, try installing the game again and the installing process should speed up substantially. On the contrary, if you’re still waiting for ages and the progress bar is moving as slow as a snail, make sure to check the additional steps below.
Solution 3 – Restart Steam and try again
While the digital distribution spurs access to a certain game, it also has issues on its own. More than few users found the Steam client culpable for more than slow installation.
In order to address this, it’s best to restart Steam and move from there. Additionally, you can run the dedicated command in the Run elevated command line. This command will restore the Steam to default values and it’s a good way to avoid the reinstallation.
Follow the steps below to flush the Steam‘s configuration:
- Close the Steam desktop client.
- Right-click on the taskbar and open Task Manager.
- Open Details and kill all active Steam-related processes.
- Press Windows key + R to summon the Run elevated command line.
- Copy and paste the following command on the command line and press Enter:
- Wait for some time and restart your PC.
We explained the whole procedure in this article so make sure to check it out.
Solution 4 – Defragment the HDD and check its health
The previous steps should have dealt with the lesser evils but we finally have reached the worst case scenario. And that’s the HDD failure. The first symptoms of HDD health issues or corruption are substantially decreased reading speeds, thus the installation or copying of files for that matter can take more time than usual.
Once your HDD reaches this stadium, it’s too late to fix it most of the time. However, maybe the fragmentation levels are too high or there are some repairable errors.
In order to address these, you can either turn to a third-party tool or use the built-in system tools. Here’s how to do it within Windows 10:
- Open This PC or File Explorer.
- Right-click on the system partition (most of the time C:) and open Properties.
- Select the Tools tab.
- Under the Error Checking section, click on the Check button.
- Click Scan drive. This should find and fix all drive errors.
- Now, get back to Tools tab and, under the ”Optimize and defragment drive” click Optimize.
- Highlight the system partition drive and click Optimize.
- The defragmentation process will take some time, depending on the HDD size and the fragmentation levels.
If after this you’re still stuck with the same old overlong installation, we advise you to take a more thorough approach. You can do so by running the Check Disk command in order to confirm the integrity of the disk. Here’s how to do it:
- In the Windows Search bar, type Command prompt.
- Right-click on Command Prompt and run it as an administrator.
- In the command line, type the following command and press Enter:
- chkdsk /f C:
- Wait for the tool to analyze the disk and resolve possible errors.
If even after that you’re stuck with the same issue, you can:
- Prolong the troubleshooting by using one of the third-party tools provided in this article.
- Replace the HDD with a new one.
That should do it. In case you have additional solutions or questions regarding the ones we presented above, by all means, feel free to tell us in the comments section below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2017 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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