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Solved: Please Wait While We Install a System Update

If your PC is stuck on the 'Please wait while we install a system update' error, this post will teach you eight workable methods for removing it.

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Updated on Apr 28, 2024

Have you ever seen the "Please wait while we install a system update" error message when your computer is stuck on the Windows updates screen? This message typically appears when your operating system, software, or firmware is updated to fix bugs, improve performance, or enhance security. It is frustrating when your PC can't start up normally. 

Luckily, EaseUS will provide nine solid solutions to help you solve this problem and complete the Windows update.

How to Fix PC Stuck on Please Wait While We Install a System Update - 9 Ways

In this section, you will discover nine solutions to resolve the PC stuck on system updates error. External devices like USB, external hard drives, printers, keyboard, and mice may interfer the Windows updates. Thus, you need to shut down the computer and remove all the connected peripherals on it. 

If this dosen't work. You can try the following tips and share helpful ones with other users:


Fix 1. Wait Patiently Till the Windows Updates End

In cases below, the update process may take longer than expected:

  • It is a significant update.
  • Your computer has a low-speed internet connection.
  • There are underlying system issues when Windows updates go through compatibility checks.

Don't interrupt the update process casually in case you may stop the improvement or corrupt the system filesIt is important to give the system ample time to complete the update installation process before attempting any troubleshooting steps. Leave it overnight and check if the Windows updates installation finishes.

Fix 2. Force to Restart Your PC

If the message "Please wait while we install a system update in Windows" still appears after a long time, you can try forcing to restart the Windows PC.

Note: Forcing a restart should only be considered as a last resort if the system update process appears to be stuck and unresponsive. It is important to exercise caution when interrupting the update process, as it could potentially lead to system errors or incomplete installations.

Step 1. Turn on your computer and hold down the power button for five seconds after you see the Lenovo logo.

Step 2. Repeat steps three to four times until a blue screen appears.

Step 3. Access Startup Settings and press the indicated key to go to the Safe Mode screen.

Step 4. Click the Start > Power menu option when in Safe Mode.

Step 5. While holding down Shift key, select "Restart."

Fix 3. Run Professional Boot Repair

If your PC shows "Please wait while we install a system update" during installing system updates, Windows update may stuck on 0%, 20%, or 100%. EaseUS Partition Master Professional can help you access your computer and repiar the startup issues resulted by various resaons. With this user-friendly tool, beginners can easily prepare bootable media for system recovery or OS installation.

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Follow the step-by-step guide:

Step 1. Start EaseUS Partition Master after connecting the external drive/USB to your computer, go to "Bootable Media," and click "Create bootable media."

create easeus partition master bootable disk

Step 2. Select an available USB Drive or CD/DVD and click "Create." You can also burn the Windows ISO file to the storage media.

create easeus partition master bootable disk

Step 3. Connect the created bootable drive to the new computer and reboot the computer by pressing and holding F2/Del to enter the BIOS. Then, set the WinPE bootable drive as the boot disk and press F10 to exit.

Step 4. Boot the computer again and enter the WinPE interface. Then, open EaseUS Partition Master and click "Boot Repair" under the "Toolkit" option.

open boot repair

Step 5: Select the system you want to repair and click "Repair."

click  repair

Step 6. Wait a moment, and you will receive an alert that the system has been successfully repaired. Click "OK" to complete the boot repair process.

click ok to complete the repair

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Fix 4. Use the Reset Hole on Lenovo PC

If your Lenovo PC is stuck on the "Please wait while we install a system update" screen and forcing a restart does not resolve the issue, you can try using the reset hole on your Lenovo PC. The reset hole is a small hole usually located on the side or back of the laptop that can be used to force a shutdown and restart. Here's how you can use the reset hole to fix the issue:

Step 1. Locate the reset hole on your Lenovo PC. It is typically a small pinhole that may be labeled with a power symbol.

Step 2. Insert a paperclip or a small, pointed object into the reset hole and press and hold the button inside for about 10-15 seconds. This will force a shutdown of the PC.

Step 3. Wait for a few seconds before turning on your Lenovo PC again by pressing the power button.

Step 4. Allow the PC to boot up and check if the system update process resumes or if you are able to access the desktop.

Step 5. If the issue persists, you may need to perform additional troubleshooting steps such as running system diagnostics, performing a system restore, or contacting Lenovo Support for further assistance.

Fix 5. Apply Automatic Startup Repair

Another soloution is using the Automatic Startup Repair feature in Windows. Here is how to troubleshoot the PC stuck on the "Please wait while we install a system update" screen:

Step 1. Press the random key to boot the computer using the Windows installation CD.

Step 2. Select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Automatic Repair from the Repair your computer menu.

advanced option

Step 3. Follow the screen's instructions to fix the Windows Updates stuck error.

Fix 6. Use Windows Troubleshooter

Windows Troubleshooter is a built-in diagnostic tool in Windows operating systems that helps users identify and resolve common system problems. Thus, you can run Windows Troubleshooter to remove the "Please wait while we install a system update" error:

Step 1. Click Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart >F4 to enter Safe Mode after entering WinRE.

Step 2. To access Settings, click the gear symbol on the menu after pressing the Windows and X keys to bring up the Start menu.

Step 3. Select Troubleshoot > Additional Troubleshooters under Update & Security.


Step 4. A list of troubleshooters will then appear. Select the relevant troubleshooter by clicking on it, then select Run the troubleshooter.

Step 5. To finish the process, adhere to the on-screen directions.

Fix 7. Check System Disk for Bad Sectors

In addtion to repair your system boot issues, EaseUS Partition Master Professional allows users to check the hard disks for possible issues and then repair them seamlessly.

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Quick steps here:

Step 1. Open EaseUS Partition Master. Right-click the disk that you want to check, and then click "Surface Test".

Step 2. The operation will be immediately performed and all bad sectors will be marked as red.

You can also try CHKDSK commands or quick test the hard drive without booting into Windows:

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Fix 8. Update Windows in Safe Mode

The system updates may be interfered by some thrird-party programs. In such case, you can updateing your Windows system in Safe Mode. Refer to the guide below to installing Windows updates in Safe Mode:

Step 1. Restart your computer and as it boots up, repeatedly press the F8 key to access the Advanced Boot Options menu.

Step 2. In the Advanced Boot Options menu, use the arrow keys to select "Safe Mode with Networking" and press Enter. This will boot your computer into Safe Mode with networking capabilities.

Step 3. Once in Safe Mode, open the Start menu, type "Windows Update" in the search bar, and select "Windows Update settings" from the search results.

Step 4. In the Windows Update settings, click on "Check for updates" to see if there are any pending updates for your system.

Step 5. If there are updates available, click on "Download" and "Install" to update your system. Make sure to follow the on-screen instructions to complete the update process.

After the updates have been installed, restart your computer to exit Safe Mode and boot up normally.

Fix 9. Recover the BIOS

BIOS(Basic Input/Output System) may get corrupted due to update failure or malware, then you may met your PC did not start correctly error. To ensure normal Windows updates, you can use the following key press combination to recover the BIOS:

Note: Before taking anction, visit the manufacturer's website and find out the specific key combination for your PC.

Step 1. Shut down your computer.

Step 2. Press and hold the combination of keys indicated for BIOS recovery. 

Step 3. Turn on the PC while holding down the key combination.

Step 4. Wait until the BIOS recovers. Then, to complete the process, adhere to the prompts. Your computer should be able to boot normally once the recovery process is finished.

Remember that patience and persistence are key when dealing with system update issues, and reaching out to Microsoft Support for assistance may be necessary if all else fails.


In conclusion, encountering a situation where your PC is stuck on the "Please wait while we install a system update" screen can be frustrating. Don worry. There are steps you can take to try to resolve the issue. From restarting your computer to running system diagnostics and utilizing recovery options, various troubleshooting methods can help you get past this roadblock. However, it's important to approach these solutions cautiously and seek professional help to prevent any potential damage to your computer.

EaseUS Partition Master will be your powerful company when you deal with Windows system update issues. Download and fix the "please wait while we install a system update" error effortlessly:

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FAQs About Please Wait While We Install a System Update

If you want to learn additional information about the "please wait while we install a system update" error. Please follow this part:

1. Why are Windows updates stuck on installing at 20%?

There could be several reasons why Windows updates are stuck during the installation process:

  • Software conflict
  • Insufficient space for the installation
  • Corrupted system file
  • Network issues.
  • Malware
  • Unexpected hardware changes
  • Interference of a third-party program

2. How long does it take to install a system update?

It depends on your Internet connection, and the computer's speed (disk, RAM, CPU speed, and data set) will dictate how long it takes. Though it occasionally takes longer than an hour, the installation process typically takes 45 to 1 hour. If 2020 comes, will Windows 7 still be supported?

3. How do I know if the Windows update is stuck?

An animated loading spiral appears on the Windows 10 update screen. If it stops spinning, the system freezes.

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Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created over 200 posts that help users solve multiple issues and failures on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, and Macs. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interests.

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