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Can I Turn Off My PC While Upgrading To Windows 10?

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips, Windows 10

Sameer has a question about his Windows 10 upgrade. “While Windows 10 is upgrading in the background, depending on net speed and how long it takes, when I finish with my work on the computer can I switch it off? Will this effect the download? The next time I switch it on, will it resume from the point it stopped downloading?”


Sameer, if you know that the PC is in the process of downloading, I’d just go ahead and leave it on and get the job done. I had some issues with installation that I suspect might be tied to shutting down the PC while the updates were downloading.  By the way, with Windows 10, this is the installation of a whole new operating system and not just big update like Windows 8.1. Don’t start your upgrade unless you have time to let it finish and don’t need your computer right then. I’d block out at least an hour and a half to be safe.

While upgrading to Windows 10 is not a complicated process, it will take some time and requires your PC’s full attention.

~ Cynthia

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34 Responses to “Can I Turn Off My PC While Upgrading To Windows 10?”

  1. Zade says:

    Sat with my laptop on for 12 hours and it was still 60%. Turned off the system to find its getting stated from 0% again. Happy with my Windows 7:)

  2. Brandon says:

    I’m needing help I switched off my laptop while windows 10 was being installed I switched it back on and it keeps saying ” the computer restarted unexpectedly or encountered an unexpected installation cannot install windows click OK to restart the computer, and then restart the installation ” and I did a thousand times and it comes up with the same thing and I’ve tried everything pleas help me

  3. AsherMasher says:

    My computer is stuck on 92% I left it on all night I closed the lid and opened it up again still on 92% please help…..:(

  4. Pedro Leal says:

    So there I was making dinner while my sister was using my windows 8.1 laptop and the Windows 10 upgrade comes up, I didn’t want Windows 10 because 1) I knew it would take a while for it to upgrade and I had to use the laptop 2) I hear it was not as good as 8.1 and unworthy of use. Point is I forced the Windows 10 upgrade not even a quarter way towards completion and the next thin I knew my Px stopped working at all. Tried to turn it on again and nothing. Tried to take out the battery plug in the power turn it on put the battery in turn of on. ( method found from net) and nothing. Tried to leave the Pc in all day-nothing. Tried to let it run out of power and charge it again- nothing. So here I am with a useless piece of expensive Px and I can’t even use it. How can I solve it? And how much money will I have to pay? I didn’t create a recovery disk nor agrees to speak with a dell representative just to pay an outrageous amount of cash for nearly nothing done.

    • Ariss says:

      Hello, you probably won’t find this website again, but on the chance that you do I have a suggestion that worked for me when I had a similar problem.

      1) Turn off the laptop
      2) Take out the battery and plug in charger (or else it won’t turn on :p)
      3) Turn on while holding Shift + F8
      4) If that doesnt work try turning on while holding F8
      5) Once it turns on you can put the battery back in.

      hope this helps!

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