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My HP pavilion was stuck at Please wait while we update your system for over 33 hours

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ANSWER FIGURED OUT!!!! I went to HP website, I tried HP virtual assistant,I googled videos -NO information on how to do a hard reboot on the pavilion with a non-removable battery! Videos for every hp envy on earth but not the pavilion.

Finally I combined a couple of different tips into one. I turned off the power. Made sure there was nothing plugged into it. Then I held down the power button and F 11 at the same time-VOILA! Rebooted, saved information, no issues further issues. Hallelujah my faith in hp has been temporarily restored

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Hi@JON771,Welcome to the HP Support Community!


We'll be with you until it's all sorted & beyond!


Have you attempted to install all available updates using the HP Support Assistant?

(Click here to find and install the same, if you haven't done that yet)


If the issue persists, try the below steps:


1. Turn off the laptop.
2. Turn off your WiFi, or take the laptop to an area where there isn't any WiFi. (If connected via Ethernet, unplug it.)
3. Turn on the laptop.
4. Once it fully loads, then turn on your WiFi again.

It should work now. Sometimes (especially in 10) updates, including those that come after a reset, can get the computer stuck. It happens when an update fails, for whatever reason, and the device continually tries to get it to install over and over. Leaving you 'stuck'. Until you take away its ability to continue trying the update, hence the no WiFi, then it should load. 


If the above doesn't help, try the below steps:


1. Power off the laptop.
2. Power on the laptop.
3. As soon as you see the rotating loading circle, press and hold the Power Button until the computer shuts off.
4. Repeat this process a few times until you see the "Preparing Automatic Repair" screen.
5. Now you want to let the laptop boot to the "Automatic Repair" screen.
6. Click "Advanced Options" and then select "Troubleshoot".
7. Here you want to select "Refresh your PC", if you do not wish to erase data, or "Reset your PC" to erase all data and restore your system.
8. From here just follow the screen instructions until the recovery is completed.

NOTE: You will need to get into the "Advanced Options" in order to get the "Refresh Option". This choice will keep your data, but any programs installed will be lost. 
Do not do a "Reset" as that will wipe all data you have on the laptop unless you've got the data stored/backed up into an external storage device.



(By the end of this article all the issues should be resolved)

Keep me posted. Happy to help!


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