The Windows stuck on please wait issue often happens on Windows 11 and 10. If your computer is also stuck on the please wait screen, what should you do? From this MiniTool post, you can find some useful methods to help you get out of trouble.

Windows 11/10 Stuck on Please Wait Screen

Windows operating system is used by many people since it is reliable, secure, and easy-to-use. When using Windows 10/11, you may run into some common system issues, for example, Windows 11 freezes randomly , Windows 10 stuck on loading screen , blue screen errors, and more.

Today, we will show you another common issue in this post. When booting your Windows 11/10 PC, you may find the machine gets stuck on the please wait screen for several minutes. Sometimes you get an error asking you to restart. After a restart, the PC gets stuck on the same screen again. Many users reported that they still saw the screen after 15 minutes.

This is not a normal situation and it indicates something goes wrong. Sometimes you encounter Windows 10 upgrade stuck on please wait. So, how to fix the issue? Take it easy and some troubleshooting tips are worth trying.

Solutions to Stuck on Please Wait Windows 10/11

According to many forums like Reddit and Microsoft's official forum, we find some useful means recommended by some users. If you also run into the issue - Windows update stuck on please wait or Windows 11/Windows 10 stuck on please wait, you can also have a shot. Let’s look over them one by one.

Remove Peripheral Devices

Your PC may get Windows 10 stuck on please wait due to peripheral devices. Trying to remove them could be a good solution. Just remove all external devices other than your mouse or keyboard. Then, restart the PC to check if it still gets stuck on the please wait screen. If yes, go on the following workarounds.

2Boot PC to Safe Mode for Some Fixes

Since the system is stuck on please wait screen, you cannot normally boot the PC to Desktop for an issue fix. In this case, try to boot the machine to its Safe Mode to fix it.

How to Enter Safe Mode Windows 11/10

When the OS fails to boot, you can restart the PC several times when seeing the Windows logo to let it force enter WinRE. Then, click Advanced options to go on. Then, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced Options > Startup Settings > Restart . Next, press F4 / F5 / F6 to enter Safe Mode. Here, we recommend enabling Safe Mode with Networking.

enable Safe Mode Windows 11

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According to some users on Reddit, they cannot enter Safe Mode since the computer gets stuck on this screen before restarting completely. In this case, you can prepare an ISO of Windows 11/10, burn it to a USB flash drive, change the boot order and start up the PC from the drive. Then, click Repair your computer to enter WinRE and then go to Safe Mode.

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Next, start some fixes to fix Windows stuck on please wait.

Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

If you meet this situation – Windows 10 upgrade stuck on please wait, you can choose to run a troubleshooter in the system for troubleshooting.

Step 1: Open the Settings app via the key combination – Win & I and click Update & Security .

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Step 2: Under the Troubleshoot tab, locate Windows Update and click on the Run the troubleshooter button. This troubleshooter starts detecting problems and if some are found, follow the on-screen instructions to fix them.

run Windows Update troubleshooter

Install Windows Updates

If Windows updates are not completed normally, the issue of Windows stuck on please wait after update may happen. To fix this issue, you should finish installing updates. In Safe Mode, go to Settings > Update & Security and check for updates under the Windows Update section. Once some available updates are found, download and install them.

Disable Windows Services

In Safe Mode, you can try to turn off some Windows services like Windows Error Reporting Service, Network List Service, and Network Location Awareness. See how to do the task:

Step 1: Right-click on the Windows icon and choose Run .

Step 2: Type services.msc into the text box and press Enter to open the Services window.

Step 3: Locate the services mentioned above one by one and double-click on one to open the Properties window. If the service is running, stop it and then change Startup type to Disabled .

disable Windows Error Reporting Service

Step 5: Save the changes by clicking Apply and then OK . Then, restart your PC to see if the issue of Windows stuck on please wait is resolved. If not, go on troubleshooting.

Run SFC, DISM, and CHKDSK Scan

Corrupted or damaged Windows system files could get Windows 10 stuck on please wait. To get rid of the stuck screen from Windows 10/11, you can perform some scans like SFC and DISM in Safe Mode.

Step 1: Type cmd into the search box, locate Command Prompt , and right-click on it to choose Run as administrator .

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Step 2: In the CMD window, input sfc /scannow and press Enter .

sfc scannow

When performing the SFC scan, you may run into a situation: beginning verification gets stuck and the scan cannot finish. Take it easy and you can find some fixes from our previous post - Windows 10 SFC /Scannow Stuck at 4/5/30/40/73, etc.? Try 7 Ways .