FIX: Stuck at making sure you’re ready to install Windows 10

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Get rid of the ‘Ready to install Windows 10’ prompt

  1. Preliminary fixes
  2. Run SFC
  3. Run CHKDSK
  4. Run Disk Cleanup
  5. Turn off Windows Defender and firewall
  6. Turn off automatic updates
  7. Rebuild BCD
  8. Clean install Windows 10

Are you Stuck with ready to install Windows 10 prompt while upgrading your Windows OS? Don’t worry, Windows Report will show you how to workaround this problem.

Microsoft has made transitioning from old Windows versions to Windows 10 easier. However, some Windows users experience problems when upgrading to Windows 10.

This could be attributed to many causes. Sometimes this upgrade problems could be caused by antivirus software and bloated software. Therefore, we have come up with applicable workarounds to fix the ready to install Windows 10 upgrade problem.

How to fix ready to install Windows 10 prompt

Solution 1: Preliminary fixes

  • Disconnect any unnecessary peripherals such as external hard drive, SSD, etc.
  • Ensure that drivers for Printer, Ethernet/Wireless webcam, SATA/RAID controller, Chipset, and sound chip are fully updated. You can use TweakBit Driver Updater.
  • Don’t only disable your antivirus but uninstall it.
  • Uninstall any motherboard or OC utilities such as MSI Afterburner, Speedfan, Motherboard Overclocking tools, etc.
  • Uninstall software for peripherals such as mouse, keyboard, USB drives, webcam, etc if you have any.
  • Ensure you have at least 20GB free space on your local disk.

Some Windows users reported quick success by try out any of the preliminary fixes we mentioned above. On the other hand, you can proceed to other solutions for ready to install Windows 10 problem.

Solution 2: Run SFC

Sometimes, important system files might be corrupted or modified due to several reasons such as malware infection, program uninstall, old Windows updates, and many more. The corruption to the system files damages the Windows Registry.

Therefore, you need to run System File Checker (SFC). This built-in tool checks for and repair corrupt system file violations.

Here’s how to run SFC scan in lower Windows 10 OS:

  • Go to Start > Type ‘command prompt’ > Click on ‘Command Prompt run as administrator’
  • In the command line type sfc /scannow.ready to install windows 10
  • Wait for the process to be completed.
  • Afterwards, close the Command Prompt

Alternatively, you can use proactive tools such as CCleaner or other PC cleaning tools to repair your PC registry.

Meanwhile, if SFC scan did not fix the ‘ready to install Windows 10’ problem, you might want to proceed to the next method.

Solution 3: Run CHKDSK

Another way of fixing ready to install Windows 10 error as reported by some Windows users is to perform CHKDSK on your hard drive. CHKDSK verifies the file system integrity of a drive and fixes detected system errors.

Here’s how to run CHKDSK:

  • Go to Start > Type “command prompt” >Right-click on it, and select “Run as administrator”.
  • Now, type “CHKDSK C: /F”.
  • Hence, type CHKDSK C: /R without quotes in the Command Prompt and hit “Enter” key.
  • After CHKDSK process, restart your PC afterwards.

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Solution 4: Run Disk Cleanup

In addition, you can also fix the ready to install Windows 10 error problem by running Disk Cleanup on your Windows PC. Disk Cleanup is a Windows utility program that removes temporary files or unwanted system files so as to free your disk space and make it ready for Windows 10 installation.

Follow these steps to run Disk Cleanup:

  • Go to Start > Type Disk Cleanup and hit “Enter”.ready to install windows 10
  • Wait for Disk cleanup to scan your drive(s).ready to install windows 10
  • After the scanning, check the files boxes, and then click on “OK” to delete.ready to install windows 10
  • Select “Delete files” to proceed.ready to install windows 10

Solution 5: Turn off Windows Defender and firewall

As mentioned in ‘Solution 1’, antivirus program can prevent Windows upgrade to Windows 10 resulting in the ready to install Windows 10 problem. In addition, multiple antivirus programs can also prevent upgrade to Windows 10. So, you have to disable the antivirus protection, uninstall it, and then proceed to upgrade your Windows PC to Windows 10.

Meanwhile, Windows Defender cannot be uninstalled because it is a built-in software by Windows. However, you can turn off Windows Defender completely and prevent it from flopping your Windows upgrade.

Here’s how to turn off Windows Defender from the Settings app

  • Go to Start > Open Windows Defender.
  • Now select Virus & threat protection.ready to install windows 10
  • Navigate to Virus & threat protection settings.ready to install windows 10
  • Now locate Real-time protection and disable it.ready to install windows 10

In addition, you can also switch off Windows Defender Firewall as well. Follow these steps to do that:

  • Open Run with the Windows key + R.
  • Enter ‘Control Panel’ in Run’s text box, and click the OK button.
  • Then enter ‘firewall’ in the Control Panel’s search box, and click Windows Defender Firewall to open further options.
  • Click Turn Windows Defender Firewall on or off to open the options shown directly below.Turn off Windows firewall
  • Select both the ‘Turn off Windows Defender Firewall’ options, and press the OK button.

— READ ALSOWindows Defender SmartScreen prevented an unrecognized app from starting

Solution 6: Turn off automatic updates

Another way of solving ready to install Windows 10 problem is by turning off automatic updates. This prevents your Windows PC (running older Windows 10 versions) from downloading and installing updates meant for newer Windows 10 versions.

If you don’t know how to do that in Windows 7, just follow these steps:

  • Go to Start, and open Control Panel
  • Go to System and security > Windows Update
  • Choose Change settings
  • Make sure Recommended updates checkbox is unchecked

Solution 7: Rebuild BCD

The BCD (Boot Configuration Data) is rarely affected, but it still can get corrupted. Incomplete OS installation, incompatible OS updates, malware, ransomware, and many more might affect the BCD getting you stuck at making sure you’re ready to install Windows 10 screen.

In order to fix this, you need to rebuild the BCD/MBR. Here’s how to do it:

  • Insert the Windows 7 bootable media (USB stick or DVD) and restart your PC.
  • Set USB/DVD as the primary boot device. Either by entering the Boot menu (F10, F11, or F12) or from the BIOS settings.
  • The loading process of the installation file should commence.
  • Select the language, time/format, and keyboard input of choice and click the “Next” button.
  • Choose “Repair your computer” from the bottom left corner.
  • Open the Troubleshoot option.ready to install windows 10
  • Select Advanced Options.
  • Open Command Prompt. Select your account and enter the password if asked.
  • Copy-paste the following commands and press Enter after each:
    • bootrec /FixMbr
    • bootrec /FixBoot
    • bootrec /ScanOs
    • bootrec /RebuildBcd
  • Wait for the process to be completed.

Note: After rebuilding BCD using Windows 7 installation disk, you can proceed to the next solution in order to clean install Windows 10 OS just as intended.

— READ ALSOFIX: Failure Configuring Windows Updates, Reverting Changes

Solution 8: Clean install Windows 10

Clean installing Windows 10 prevents you from being stuck while upgrading to Windows 10 with the ‘making sure you’re ready to install’ prompt.

Before you proceed, you should ensure that you backup all your important files on an external drive or USB flash drive. Also, you should create an ISO file with the ‘media creation tool’, and burn it on DVD or create a bootable USB drive with it.

Note: The proposed USB drive for the Windows 10 installation must be at least 6GB and it’s preferable to be a 2.0 instead of 3.0 or 3.1.

Here’s how to clean install Windows 10:

  • Download the Media Creation Tool from here.
  • Plug in the USB flash drive with at least 4 GB.
  • Run Media Creation Tool and accept the License Terms.ready to install windows 10
  • Select the “Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC” option.ready to install windows 10
  • Pick the preferred language, architecture, and edition and click Next.
  • Choose USB flash drive and then click Next.ready to install windows 10
  • Media Creation Tool will download the setup and copy the installation files onto the USB flash drive.
  • Finally, restart your PC.
  • Plug in USB and start the Setup.

Conclusively, any of the aforementioned solutions should be able to prevent you from being stuck at ‘making sure you’re ready to install’ Windows 10 prompt.

Did you try any of our fixes above? We do appreciate it if you share your experience with us. Let us know in the comment section below.


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