Updates are useful for our computers, but applying them could be annoying and boring sometimes. Especially if some error occurs and you end up stuck with installing just one update for hours.
Unfortunately, your computer may sometimes freeze while configuring updates. This issue may trigger various error messages, such as ‘Please do not power off or unplug your machine‘ or ‘Keep Your PC on Until This is Done‘. Of course, taking hours to install an update is not a normal thing, but luckily, this issue can be fixed.
You downloaded your updates as usual, but when you restarted the computer, you noticed that Windows is taking much longer than usual to configure an update, and it keeps you stuck there for hours. Obviously, there’s an error in configuring updates, and to solve this do the following.
Keep your PC on until this is done while installing update
Solution 1: Restart your computer
Press and hold the power button for a couple of settings, until your computer shuts down. After that, turn on your computer and check if you’re able to boot normally.
Solution 2: Use System Restore
If you’re able to boot normally, you’re good to go, otherwise try to start your system in Safe Mode and perform System Restore. To do that, perform the following steps:
- Boot your PC and press F8 while it boots
- You’ll get a simple, text based menu called Advanced Boot Options. In Advanced Boot Options select Safe Mode
- The system will boot
- While you’re in Safe Mode, go to Search, type system restore and open System Restore
- Follow the wizard ans select the latest check point that worked
- Complete the installation, let the system restart and wait a couple of minutes
Your system should be restored to the latest working configuration now.
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Solution 3: Use the Windows install disc
If even restoring the system didn’t work, try to repair your system files with the Windows installation disc. Insert the disc, reboot your system, but instead of installing a new, fresh copy of Windows, choose Upgrade and it should repair your system files, without deleting your data.
Solution 4: Disable your antivirus
Sometimes, your antivirus and firewall tools may block your updates. Try turning these tools off and check if this method solved your problem.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2015 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.Editor's Note: This article was originally published in June 2015 and was revamped and updated in June 2019 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.