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Windows 10 Stuck on Just a Moment Error

Windows 10 Just a moment stuck is not a rare issue and many users reflect they have encountered this issue when updating your Windows operating system or reinstalling Windows without an installation medium. Are you also looking for an effective method to get rid of this issue? You come to the right place. In this article, we will show you two available solutions.

Windows 10 installation being stuck is an unrest thing for every Windows user. And so in this article, I'm looking at possible solutions to the various scenarios where the Windows 10 install could get stuck. However do remember one thing, and as I always advise to others I know, always backup your data before you fresh-install or upgrade. You never know when it’s going to get STUCK!

Windows 10 Just a Moment Stuck Issue

Your computer may boot into a screen saying Just a moment.

Yes, you just wait for centuries but only find Windows 10 Just a moment is stuck. This issue always happens when updating the system or reinstalling Windows 10 without an installation medium.

You are not alone. When you search for this issue on the internet, you will discover that many users are bothered by Windows 10 stuck on Just a moment and the phenomenon are various, such as Windows 10 Just a moment then black screen, Windows 10 Just a moment after update, and so forth.

Reasons behind Windows 10 Stuck on Just a Moment loop

The speed of Windows 10 update and installation relies on the hardware specification, available disk space, hard drive read-write speeds, the speed of internet connection, and more. When the process lasts too long, you may see the following screen:


But, if there is something wrong with the hardware, hard disk, or the internet connection, Windows 10 stuck on Just a moment issue is likely to happen.

We have spent time looking for the available solutions and now we summarize them for you in this article.

Solution 1: Check Whether the PC Is Responding If Your Computer Is Still Responding

You should first check whether your computer is still working. To do this job, you can go to check if the machine is making any noise. It is a clear sign of whether the processor is still at work. Of course, there is the other sigh: a flickering light.

When these two signs show that the processor is still at work, do not tinker with that process in progress. We have mentioned above: the process speed is possible decided by the internet connect condition, free disk space on your computer, etc. Wait and see.

If Your Computer Is Not Responding

If your computer has fallen into silent and stuck on the seemingly infinite loop: Just a moment, you can consider doing these things:

  • Disable network devices, turn off Wi-Fi and unplug network cable if there is any.
  • Remove any USB devices which are connected with the computer, including keyboard, mouse, printer, USB drive, AC adapter, and so on.

After that, reconnect the USB devices to your PC and then check whether the computer can run normally. If yes, you can re-establish the internet connectivity to see whether the update or installation process can run successfully.

However, if the above measure doesn’t work for your situation, you need to perform a hard restart of your computer: press and hold on the power button until your computer shuts down and then reboot it.

If Windows 10 Just a moment issue still persists, you need to try the next solution.

Solution 2: Clean Install Windows 10

When your computer is having performance and other issues, the most effective way to get rid of the issues is to perform a clean installation. This way will remove everything from the hard drive on your machine and start from scratch.

Thus, when you are bothered by Windows 10 stuck on Just a moment issue, you can clean install Windows 10 to have a try.

In the following guide, we will walk through the steps to clean install Windows 10 including these three parts:

  • How to restore data from the unbootable PC before installation
  • How to create a USB bootable media of Windows 10
  • How to perform a clean installation of Windows 10

How to Restore Data from the Unbootable PC before Installation

The clean installation process will delete everything from your computer hard drive. So, we think you’d better restore your data to an external drive in advance. Here, you can use the professional data recovery software: MiniTool Power Data Recovery.

This software is specially designed to recover data from various types of data storage devices, including computer hard drives, USB flash drives, memory cards, SD cards, and more. These data can be both deleted and existing items.

If you want to restore files from a computer which is bothered by Windows 10 Just a moment issue, you need to use MiniTool Power Data Recovery Bootable Edition that should be built by a MiniTool Snap-in WinPE Bootable Builder.

However, only the Deluxe and above editions offer MiniTool Bootable Media Builder. You need to get one of these editions from the MiniTool official storeaccording to your actual situation. If you are a personal user, the Personal Deluxe Edition can fully meet your need.

Get a normal working computer to obtain this software and then refer to the following guide to build a bootable medium and start the unbootable machine from it:

Then, it’s time for you to restore data from the computer with this software:

Step 1: Choose the target partition to scan

Choose the target partition you need to restore data from and click on the Scan button to start the scanning process.


Step 2: Choose the files you want to recover

When the scanning process ends, you can see the scan results which are classified by path. You can open each path to find the files you want to restore.


Usually, there are numerous files on your computer hard drive and it is usually difficult to find out the needed ones quickly. In this situation, you can try the Type and Find features of this software to locate your needed files easily.

Additionally, with the Bootable Edition, you can preview the image files and text files which are no larger than 20MB. That is to say, when you are not sure whether it is the image or text file you need to restore, you can use the Preview feature to identify.

Step 3: Save the selected files to the external drive

Connect an external drive which has enough space to store your needed files to your computer and then check the files you want to restore. After that, press the Save button to choose the inserted external drive to keep the selected items.

Now, your needed data is saved to a safe place. After that, you need to create a USB bootable medium.

How to Perform a Clean Installation of Windows 10

To perform a clean install of Windows 10 with the bootable USB flash drive, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Set your computer to boot from the USB flash drive.
  2. When entering the Windows setup interface, press theNextbutton to start the process.
  3. When entering the following interface, click the Install Now button to continue.
  4. If you're upgrading an old version, you must input a genuine product key. However, if you're reinstalling Windows 10, you can press the I don't have a product key option to continue if your computer has been activated.
  5. Choose a Windows 10 edition that must match your product key and press the Next button to continue.
  6. Check the I accept the license terms option and then press Next to continue.
  7. Choose the Custom: Install Windows only (Advanced) option to continue.
  8. Then you need to choose where to install Windows 10. Usually, it is a partition on Drive 0 that contains the current installation of Windows. Then, press the Delete button to remove it from the hard drive.
  9. Click the OK button on the popup window to confirm the deletion.
  10. Choose the empty partition and click on the Next button to start the installation process.

After the installation, you still need to customize the out-of-box experience to create a new account and set up your environment. Now, you can follow this post to do the job: How to Complete the Out of Box Experience (OOBE) in Windows 10.

After a clean install of Windows 10, we believe that you can use your computer as usual.

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