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What Happens if You Turn Off Computer During Update?

We’ve all seen that little warning “Don’t turn off your PC” during updates. But, what if we did it accidentally? What will be the consequences? Well, your computer will not explode or be useless. But the problem can lead to concerning scenarios.

What Happens If You turn off Pc During Update?

Before we learn what happens if you turn off computer during update, we must be familiar with its stages. The first is the Download stage and the next is the Installation stage

  1. If you shut down your PC while it’s downloading the new software update files, expect little to no harm. Either all the new data will be backed up, or your download progress will continue after restarting the PC. In some cases, the data can get corrupted and the update will restart. 
  1. If you shut down your PC during the installation stage, your Windows process might get shut down. Your installation process might restart. You might experience some glitches, but nothing too extreme. 
    Normally, people tend to restart their computer when the update is stuck, hoping the process will be smoother. Although this isn’t advised, it won’t affect your PC to a huge extent. The update may not be complete after restarting, but your PC will be normal shortly.
  2. In scenarios where the update is under progress but the PC gets shut down forcibly, your PC might experience a malfunction. Your PC’s Operating System can get corrupted, you might notice strange crashes and some data might get lost.
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