SOVLED! Windows 10 Stuck On Making Sure You’re Ready To Install

Corruption in system files could make Windows 10 stuck on “Making sure you’re ready to install” and to fix that, you must perform SFC and DISM scans. Other solutions include disconnecting external attachments, turning off antivirus software and firewalls, resetting Windows update components, rebuilding BCD, clean installing Windows, … You don’t know your way around Windows and need help carrying out the solutions? In that case, you have come to the right place.

A List Of Possibilities

All in all, people could come across a number of issues during the installation/reinstallation of Windows 10. If you notice that your Windows 10 PC is stuck on “Making sure you’re ready to install”, it’s strongly recommended that you give these suspects some thought. 

  • Corruption.
  • External attachments. 
  • Antivirus software and firewalls.
  • Windows update components. 
  • BCD.
  • Windows.

What Must Be Done 

Note: Usually, if something makes Windows 10 stuck on “Making sure you’re ready to install”, you no longer have access to other computer settings. To be able to implement fixes, you must boot into Safe Mode by going through the steps down below:

  • Step 1: Press and hold the power button to shut down your computer.
  • Step 2: Turn on your computer then as Windows begins to load, press and hold the power button to shut it down again.
  • Step 3: Repeat the process until you get to Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE).
  • Step 4: In Choose an options screen, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  • Step 5: Press either 4 (F4) to boot into Safe Mode or 5 (F5) to boot into Safe Mode with Networking.

Perform SFC And DISM Scans

  • Step 1: Go to Search bar, type cmd and hit Run as administrator. 
  • Step 2: In Command Prompt (Admin), type the command sfc /scannow and hit Enter to perform the SFC scan. 
  • Step 3: As soon as the SFC scan completes, type the following commands in Command Prompt (Admin) and hit Enter every time you complete one to perform the DISM scan:
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /CheckHealth
    • DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
  • Step 4: Close Command Prompt then restart your computer.
  • Step 5: When the screen comes back on, install/reinstall Windows 10. 

Disconnect External Attachments

You have a habit of leaving multiple external attachments connected to your computer? Then it’s strongly recommended that you proceed to disconnect non-essential attachments. After you finish, restart your computer and install/reinstall Windows 10. 

Turn Off Antivirus Software And Firewalls

  • Step 1: Open Start menu, click the cog icon to open Settings and pick Update & Security.
  • Step 2: Select Virus & threat protection in Windows Security, choose Manage Settings under Virus & threat protection settings then toggle off the Real-time protection switch.
  • Step 3: Go to Search bar, type Control Panel and hit Enter.
  • Step 4: Change View by to Category, click System and Security then pick Windows Defender Firewall.
  • Step 5: Hit Turn Windows Firewall on or off and tick the Turn off Windows Firewall (not recommended) circle in Private network settings as well as Public network settings. Last but not least, hit OK, restart your computer and install/reinstall Windows 10. 

 Reset Windows Update Components

  • Step 1: Open Command Prompt (Admin) then run the commands down below:
    • net stop wuauserv
    • net stop cryptSvc
    • net stop bits
    • net stop msiserver
    • ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
    • ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old
    • net start wuauserv
    • net start cryptSvc
    • net start bits
    • net start msiserver
  • Step 2: Restart your computer. 
  • Step 3: Install/reinstall Windows 10. 

Rebuild BCD

  • Step 1: Open Command Prompt (Admin) then run the commands down below:
    • bootrec /fixmbr
    • bootrec /fixboot
    • bootrec /scanos
    • bootrec /rebuildbcd
  • Step 2: Restart your computer. 
  • Step 3: Install/reinstall Windows 10. 

Clean Install

  • Step 1: Launch your web browser.
  • Step 2: Visit the Microsoft’s official website, go to the Software Download page and download the Media Creation Tool.
  • Step 3: The moment the download wraps up, the tool is going to prompt you to run it so hit Run.
  • Step 4: Read the terms and conditions, check the checkbox next to I accept the license terms, and hit Next.
  • Step 5: Select Upgrade this PC now, choose Next then uncheck the Keep personal apps and files checkbox. Afterward, hit Install then create a new user account following the conclusion of the installation. Finally, sign into your account. 

Windows 10 Upgrade Questions And Answers

What precautions should I take prior to a Windows 10 upgrade?

To ensure a smooth transition, you should do something before upgrading your OS to Windows 10. First, determine whether your system supports the version you want to upgrade to. Second, see to it that your disk possesses enough space for Windows 10 and back up your data in case things go wrong. Third, remove all third-party software to minimize the odds of software conflicts. 

Is Software Distribution important?

Software Distribution is a folder in Windows 10 where files needed for Windows updates are temporarily stored. Every time you delete the files in this folder, Windows will redownload new files when it checks for updates.


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