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(24,853 posts)
Sun Apr 18, 2021, 12:43 PM Apr 2021

Laptop says "getting Windows ready" for

Half hour plus.

Any suggestions?

Our internet is way throttled down right now because we are rural, outside broadband, use satellite, and they throttle us after we use up our "unlimited" bandwidth.we pay a ridiculous amount for. Could be why so slow?

Thought I might take out battery for a minute but can't figure out how to?

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Laptop says "getting Windows ready" for (Original Post) cilla4progress Apr 2021 OP
I'd like to help but my 6 month old HP crapped out yesterday. dem4decades Apr 2021 #1
You can try forcing the PC to shut down ramblin_dave Apr 2021 #2
Yes, Windows is such fun. I've had mine do that twice. Biophilic Apr 2021 #3
Thanks, friends! cilla4progress Apr 2021 #4
That depends jrandom421 Apr 2021 #5
Awesome - cilla4progress Apr 2021 #6
The big key jrandom421 Apr 2021 #7


(1,549 posts)
2. You can try forcing the PC to shut down
Sun Apr 18, 2021, 01:23 PM
Apr 2021

If you press and hold down the power button, the PC should shut down. Some say hold it down for 10-15 seconds.

Then restart it.


(3,770 posts)
3. Yes, Windows is such fun. I've had mine do that twice.
Sun Apr 18, 2021, 01:46 PM
Apr 2021

I eventually just shut it down for a couple of minutes and then started it up again. Frustrating to have to take the time to do that. In comparison my old Windows (6 or 7?) worked much better for my needs. Had to upgrade this winter. Good luck. It must be very frustrating with your other limitations. Good luck.


(24,853 posts)
4. Thanks, friends!
Sun Apr 18, 2021, 02:37 PM
Apr 2021

It finally "caught" and worked.

How long do you think a midrange laptop should work?

I have a Dell I bought for about $600 about 4 years ago. It is my lifeblood for my business. Wondering if I need a new one? It looks like LG is well rated right now.

And WTF do I do with all my old technology? Laptops, tablets, phones. I hate planned obsolescence!


(1,007 posts)
5. That depends
Sun Apr 25, 2021, 11:40 AM
Apr 2021

Most businesses are on a 4 year replacement cycle, depending on the system's useage. I've got an 11 year old Dell running the Latest version of Windows 10 and Office 365 just fine.

As for older tech, I refurbish what still works and give it away to kids and families that need it. The rest I sell to hobbyists who like old tech, and then I recycle the rest.


(1,007 posts)
7. The big key
Fri Apr 30, 2021, 02:26 PM
Apr 2021

is how comfortable you are with the inner workings of computer hardware and software. If you are comfortable, you can fis/replace hardware and reinstall software to your hearts/budgets content. If not, you'll probably be happier passing the items off to a knowledgeable techie who can refurbish ithem.

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