I remember that when I installed Windows 8 on my laptop, it stuck at 10% for quite a while. My Windows 8 copy was a genuine one (albeit I didn’t pay for it, since I got it for free in the university program) so, naturally, I was afraid that it would fail to install.
I then called some friends of mine and asked how the Windows 8 install performed for them. Interestingly enough, none of them were quite happy with their Windows 8 install process. If you think you can’t resolve this issue with your Windows 8 installation being stuck, then maybe you should try and contact the Windows 8 customer support.
Windows 8 install gets stuck at different stages
I only had the issue at the beginning of the install, when it showed only 10%. But I was surprised to discover different versions. You might find your own issue amongst them:
- Windows 8 install stuck at 10%
- Windows 8 install stuck at 90%
- Windows 8 install stuck at “getting system ready”
- Windows 8 install stuck at Windows logo
- Windows 8 install stuck at “please wait”
- Windows 8 install stuck at black screen
- Windows 8 install stuck at “getting devices ready”
The solutions are common sense
1. Install the final version - most of these issues will happen with versions of Windows 8 that are not final. I tried my install with a final version of Windows 8, so I managed to overcome the issues just by … waiting. But, if you’re getting your Windows 8 install stuck at different stages and your not using a final version (or a pirated, illegal one), I strongly advise you to pick a final, legal version.
2. Unplug all external devices – I remember that a few years back, when I was installing Windows 7, I got the same issue. My mouse was plugged in, my printer, my usb cable to my smartphone. As soon as I unplugged all that, my install resumed and finished very quickly. Try doing that too and it should get past that stuck point.
3. Just wait – I know, one doesn’t have to be a techie to do this one, but you feel different when people tell you it’s only natural that it is happening. So, don’t worry, you’ll be able to finalize your Windows 8 install. Grab a book, open your TV and let it do its job.
4. Update your BIOS – this has been reported by our reader, Charan. He tried the basic advices we’ve given and they didn’t work. Check to see whether your BIOS is outdated and if it is, then update it. Thanks again, Charan!
Sometimes, you might want to check again if your PC is compatible with Windows 8, but unless you’re installing it on something very old, you should not have this issue. Also, this is a non-advice because I’m not sure 100% if it’s genuine. Before installing Windows 8, be sure you have a little more space than just what is required. So, if you need 16 GB for Windows 8, make sure you have at least 25, for example.
If you’re installing Windows 8 from a DVD, don’t forget to eject your DVD if you no longer need it or when it says you to. If you forget to do it, it might start the install process all over again. Try the above solutions and if they don’t work, let us know in the comments section and we’ll try to work out a solution together, but, usually, this is nothing to be worried about.