Has your PC frozen during an update? Here’s how to get it running again

Keeping your Windows 10 installation up to date is incredibly important; it patches security holes, adds new features and generally keeps your machine running smoothly.

It can often be something of an irritation, however. Windows 10, in particular, has an annoying habit of deciding to apply updates at inconvenient times, and if its gets stuck during the process, it can take some serious time out of your workday. If your Windows 10 update gets stuck, here’s how to fix it.

First, though, a note: make sure your PC is genuinely frozen before you attempt any of these. If you were in the middle of doing something when the update hit, you’ll likely be impatient to get back to whatever it was, but remember that jumping the gun can cause more problems than it fixes. If there’s been no on-screen activity for a couple of hours, you can be pretty sure that something’s wrong.

How to fix a stuck Windows 10 update

Step 1. Try pressing Ctrl-Alt-Del. In some cases, the update will get stuck on a particular point which will allow you to access the login screen by using the trusty ‘three-finger salute’. If it works, simply sign in as normal. If not, move on to the next step.
Step 2. Restart your PC. Resetting your PC mid-installation is a cardinal sin and expressly warned against by manufacturers, but if your update is genuinely stuck then you haven’t got a lot of options. Use your computer’s physical power or reset button, and remember than you may have to hold it down.
Step 3. Boot into Safe Mode. Accessible from the Startup Settings menu, this mode disables everything but the absolute essentials Windows needs to run, ensuring that any software conflicts that could be interfering with the update are removed. After the update installs, you can restart Windows to exit Safe Mode.
Step 4. Perform a System Restore. In order to safeguard against this type of thing, Windows will usually create a restore point just before applying an update, so you can roll it back if there are any problems. You can access the System Restore function from Safe Mode, or from the Advanced Startup Options if that doesn’t work.
Step 5. Try a Startup Repair. A more in-depth fix than just doing a System Restore, the Startup Repair tool (also accessible from the Advanced Startup Options screen) can sometimes fix underlying issues that may be hampering the update process.
Step 6. Perform a clean Windows installation. This is pretty much the ‘nuclear option’, but if all else fails, you may be forced to simply erase your previous copy of Windows and simply start from scratch. Be warned, though, that this will erase your entire hard drive, so make sure that any vital data is as thoroughly backed up as possible beforehand.


[Source:- ITPRO]