If you use Microsoft Windows 7, you are probably familiar with the message “Preparing to Configure Windows. Do not turn off your computer.” This message appears when you turn on your computer. It means that your system is performing the necessary updates, which shouldn’t take more than 20 or 30 minutes.
I recently waited over eight hours with the same message on my screen during one of these routine updates. I wondered if it was due to a particular update, but it didn’t seem to be. I did a hard reboot, which is not a good idea under normal circumstances, but I had no other choice. After restarting the computer, it was stuck in the same setup process.