Microsoft’s Windows 10 might be fluent in many things but its software update system often fails and throws errors. One such common problem with Windows 10 update is getting stuck on “Preparing to install..”.

Windows 10 often gets stuck at “Preparing to install..” after downloading an update. It mostly happens somewhere in between the 80% – 100%. However, to fix this Windows 10 update problem, you have to do nothing but wait for up to 30 minutes (even more in some cases) for Windows to complete what it’s doing while it appears to be stuck.

Once you’re past the “Preparing to install..” status, your PC will probably download more files before installing the update. Once everything is done, you’ll get a prompt to restart your PC.

Tip: If it appears to be taking forever to download and install an update, reboot your PC and leave it to update itself overnight. This is just so you don’t involve yourself when your PC is taking too long to install an update.