You have just downloaded thelast Windows 11/10 update, but when you restart your PC something tragic happens: it remains stuck installing the latest update. What to do in this case?
Unfortunately it can happen, especially when updates are continuous and non-stop. We have already seen what to do when problems arise with the Windows 11/10 update. But there are also cases in which files fail to come into operation during the update, and this blocks completely the PC. So let’s see what they are solutions that we can implement even in this critical situation.
Before you begin: Be aware that certain updates take a long time to complete. Always check if even after an hour the Hard Disk has never written anything or if the percentage has not progressed. Depending on the speed of your PC, the time taken for any update can be from a few minutes up to a full hour, it depends on many factors…
Why does my PC crash after an update?
A new Windows update is the most common cause behind the Windows stuck on restart screen issue. When your PC updates, it may crash due to incompatibilities, incomplete updates, or other reasons. Possible reasons behind PC stuck during or after update issue are:
- Incomplete or incorrect update
- Corrupt or damaged system files
- Outdated drivers
- A malicious program or virus
- Secure boot disabled
- Incompatible or malfunctioning software
What to Do if PC Stuck During Update?
Solution #1: Use FixUWin software
FixUWin can fix the problem of Windows stuck during an update or stuck on the welcome screen. This great tool was created to repair your Windows computer in the easiest way possible. You can use it to fix black/blue/green screen and other PC crash issues. Here is how you can use this program to repair Windows 11/10.
To start click here to download and install FixUWin on a working Windows PC (we need it to create a recovery disk to use on the blocked computer)
click on Create startup disk and connect a USB drive, select it from the list and click After you.
Once the “recovery” key has been created, we go to the faulty PC. Reboot this computer and access the BOOT Menu by continuously pressing the F2 key (or F9 on HP) and setting your USB to priority.
Once the stick is read as a startup disk, the FixUWin software screen will open and you will be able to access the “Automatic Repair” function
Choose the disk partition and click Start now to initiate a resolution. Finally click Restart when the screen indicating that the problems were repaired appears. Once your PC restarts, the freeze should be resolved and you will be able to use your computer again.
Solution #2: Force restart your PC
That’s right: even if you are told not to turn off your PC, you still have to try this little maneuver. In many cases, Windows 11/10 has many means to restore files that have been mistakenly modified, sometimes even performing a system restore completely automatically.
You can do this action by holding down the power button for a few seconds. Wait a few seconds and then turn it back on. Windows 11/10 will notify you about the update was not completed: Along with this event, it can also restore a saved image of the system.
Once the reboot has been forced, it will be possible to try to install the updates again to unlock Windows 11/10 from some problem that was holding it back in the previous attempt. In addition, you can also try uninstalling some programs that hindered the update or performing some maintenance operations before trying again.
What to do if “PC freeze during update” repeats?
There are many solutions, and not all of them can definitively fix the problem. Save your most important files before continuing.
- Start your PC in Advanced Restart to perform a restore. Open the start menu and go through the restart functions (such as Shut down, suspend and so on) and hold Shift while you click on Restart. Windows 11/10 will take you directly to Advanced Reboot (if so, you can also find this function under the settings. Once the PC is in Advanced Restart, you can select the Startup Repair. This function allows you to repair various problems that prevent the PC from starting or restarting, also using a previously saved system image. If you cannot enter Advanced Restart from within Windows 11/10, note that it usually opens on its own after a few failed startups.
- If you are unable to enter Advanced Reboot with these ways, you can create one USB stick (or a DVD) with theinstalling Windows 11/10. Microsoft provides a tool for downloading the latest existing ISO and provides the means to prepare the flash drive. You can find everything here (https://www.microsoft.com/it-it/software-download/windows10).
- If you can access Windows 11/10 and all these solutions have had no effect, you can try one scan system files. Open Command Prompt by right-clicking on Start and navigating to “Command Prompt (Administrator)”. Inside, write “SFC /scannow”. If you see a message explaining that errors were found but not fixed, type the command “DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth”.
- If the previous solution doesn’t work or leaves you with an error message, all you have to do is perform a system restore. Enter Settings and look for options to perform a reset (you can simply search for it with the bar at the top). Choose the option for reset Windows 11/10 without touching your personal files
If everything fails, create a Windows 11/10 installation pen and start from scratch, installing all the latest updates before the programs. Always remember to save your files! If something goes wrong and some files are deleted, use a program like Data Recovery that he is capable of recover deleted files from PC even in extreme cases.