How long should Windows 7 restore process take? (removing temporary files)

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I'm attempting to do a system restore on Windows 7. I believe it (windows) was trying to do an update and it got stuck. I'm attempting to do a system restore thru safe mode and the BLUE screen is stuck on "please wait while your Windows files and settings are being restores System Restore is removing temporary files.... How long should I let it sit here? Now, I'm only able to boot in Safe Mode so i can not download anything in an attempt to restore since I have no internet access. Every solution i see on the internet either has suggestions that don't exist to me (i assume because of the safe mode) or requires internet or the questing is never answered. Can anyone advise me on what to do? Thanks!


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Dell laptop, windows 7
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  • carlosdl
    My advice is to wait!

    Interrupting a restore process can leave your computer totally unbootable.
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  • jturck08
    Well what if it got interrupted because the power was not in?

    Is there anything that can be done?
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  • jturck08
    And now when I boot it is back to where I started with "Preparing to configure Windows. Do not turn off your computer."

    ugh...
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  • jturck08
    And then "Failure configuring Windows updates Reverting changes. Do not turn off your computer."

    This is the place it hangs.
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  • carlosdl
    If it no longer boots, probably the best option would be to restore it with a repair disc (which is only possible if you created a repair disc at some point when your computer was working correctly).
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Or you can try to re-install the OS with your set up disk / USB (whatever you have & also it is legal), but don't format, yes, be careful don't format. Insert disk and start in a normal process to install, point another partition, when asks for install. In this way, at least you can boot the machine and can take necessary backups (if any). If you are successful, there are two boot option with same name as Windows 7. Select the default one, which the cursor belongs. Hope this another way, you can overcome this issue. Erstwhile so many times, I got success in the same way.
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  • ToddN2000
    Have you tried booting in safe mode with networking? Why was the restore needed? Sometime you can get around a sever problem by booting to a restore point. I had an issue a few years back where for some reason my password was no longer valid. Rolled back to the last restore point and I was able to log in.
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