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"Preparing Windows" - for what?

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by Christer, 2017/06/08.

  1. 2017/06/08
    Christer

    Christer Geek Member Staff Thread Starter

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    Today, Windows 10 pi**ed me off again. I checked that no updates were available and no demand for a restart. When shutting down I was greeted by the notification "preparing Windows - don't shut down" or whatever it says in english. It took 10 minutes to shut down. Nothing was installed so - what was it doing and why did it have to delay my departure by 10 minutes? I couldn't just leave because it was my LapTop that I needed and closing the lid would shut it down, I think. I mean, I had checked that it should be a normal shutdown without any fuss but still got scre*ed.
     
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    My guess is when you checked, it had already downloaded some updates and was in the process of updating the computer. So when you check it reported to you that no [new or additional] update were available.

    10 minutes is a very long time. That would concern me too. But with notebooks (which tend to be very proprietary) it is hard to say what happens. If you have not done so already, you might want to tell Windows Update to worry about Windows only, and not device drivers too. My guess is it was updating drivers.

    See How to Stop Windows 10 From Automatically Updating Hardware Drivers. Note for most users, letting Windows 10 update drivers too causes no problems, and most importantly, keeps the computers current. So if you disable this, you will need to get into the habit it checking manually.
     
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    Do driver updates not get listed? According to the update history, nothing had been installed , NOTHING!
     
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    Scroll down to the bottom of the Update history. There are separate update sections for "Driver Updates" and "Other updates".
     
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    The update history gets reset when upgrading to a new version. I run 1703. The first update (KB4015583) to 1703 was on April 18 and the most recent (KB4020102) on May 31. There are two updates (both KB890830) under "other updates", both installed in May, nothing else.
     
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    Hmmm, I guess that explains why my oldest date is 4/11/2017.

    I don't know what to say here. For 100s of millions of W10 users, Windows Update works flawlessly. But of course, that does not matter if one of the rare problems happens to you.
     
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    Thanks Neil. I'm going try that to.
     
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    Hi Neil,

    I'm not in the "insider lane" and am not sure that update (for Windows 10 1607) would work on version 1703. Also, it is stated to "fix issues with the install of KB3194496" which has not been installed on my system.
     
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    One of the many great mysteries of Windows universe.;)
     
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    The link didn't help with my Insider comp not installing the last 2 updates. Something was/is corrupt in the OS. It had downloaded and installed at least 51 updates without problem prior to its refusal to install 16199 and 16215.o_O:mad:
    I fixed it by downloading the MCT W10 Pro 64bit Insider Preview to USB and installed on a new SSD. New Insider OS works like a dream and has updated ALL necessary MS updates and Asrock motherboard drivers.
    I'll work on the problem build when I feel like it. I don't need the stress :eek: at my age and I've copied and pasted (via USB drive) any data I wanted from the problem OS drive. ;)
     
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    Retiredlearner, I downloaded this script and ran it. Is my next step to try to update windows or just wait and see if it work by itself?
     
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    LJ tried it and I tried it and I think it only pertains to KB3194496 (Cumulative Update 14393.222). Sorry. My Post above is the drastic measure I took which gave me a fresh start.
     
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    Nothing new here. I tried to install windows from the ISO file on a flash drive. It got to 20% and quit. I went to the MS site and tried the new Creator version. It made it to 89% and quit. On the Creator program, it start out installing and seems to be doing OK. When it get to about 70%, it starts slowing down and when it gets to the mid 80's percentage wise, it slows to a crawl. From 86% to 87% took almost 10 minutes. I have upgraded to 16 gig ram, turned off my virus program. I also had run scan now and chkdsk and Malware Bytes before trying each one.
    Back to the drawing board.
     
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    Reduce your RAM to 4GB's and see if that helps.
     

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