Saturday, October 8, 2011


Preparing To Configure Windows Please Do Not Turn Off Your Computer | Fix

Some time when you shut down your computer, you will see this message that Windows have some number of Windows Updates to download or to Install and after your restart of during your next system boot, you will be stuck at a screen that will say "Preparing To Configure Windows. Please Do Not Turn Off Your Computer."

Normally, when there were more updates to be done, it might take long time to install the updates on the computer, it also depends on the file size of the update that had to be downloaded on the computer if it is yet to be downloaded.

If you decide to wait.. you will some time see the installation is over. Or in case if you close or break down the installation, you will again be asked to download and update the same. Is there any way we can prevent this update glitch from happening again?

For me, this is what worked:

  • Hold down the power button and switch of your machine
  • Restart your computer and just before windows boots hit the F8 button
  • Boot into safe mode
  • Login (if nessecary)
  • Make sure that any virus scanners at this point are disabled before continuing
  • Click "Start" > "Accessories" > "System Restore"
  • Click "Next"
  • Pick an earlier restore point and then click next, (its best to pick the 1 just before you had problems)
  • Click next and follow the prompts and it will start a system restore
  • Wait till your computer does this System Restore process
  • Regardless of whether the system restore process fails or passes it should now get you out being stuck at "Preparing To Configure Windows. Please Do Not Turn Off Your Computer."
  • Now... login if required
  • Disable Virus Scanner before moving on
  • Run windows update
  • Now it should run without any problems
  • If you do have problems and run into a loop Call your Computer Manufacturer or the company that you purchased it off and see if they can help you,

To be on safer side, I suggest that you create a restore point manually before performing Windows Updates on the computer.

  • Open System by clicking the Start, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking System.
  • In the left pane, click System Protection, If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
  • Click the System Protection tab, and then click Create.
  • In the System Protection dialog box, type a description, and then click Create.

There would be no damage to the Laptop. This is not a glitch about updates; it depends on the download time as well as the internet speed.


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