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I am aware now that Mathematica 10.0 is having difficulty with freezing during its startup while displaying the message "Initializing kernels..."

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Mathematica 10.0.x freezes in Initializing kernels

Unfortunately, I'm just a grad student in my university's math department, and I have very little knowledge about programming in general. Can somebody please explain to me the steps that I would have to take to start a standalone kernel, and what exactly a paclet is, and how to evaluate it?

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marked as duplicate by MarcoB, Sjoerd C. de Vries, C. E., Öskå, Jens Sep 6 '15 at 17:00

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  • $\begingroup$ What operating system are you on? $\endgroup$ – ilian Sep 5 '15 at 17:53
  • $\begingroup$ The operating system is Windows 7. $\endgroup$ – Nic Sep 5 '15 at 18:42
  • $\begingroup$ Looks like you should ask that in a comment in the Q&A you referred to. $\endgroup$ – Sjoerd C. de Vries Sep 5 '15 at 21:49
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These are the same steps as in (92931) with a little bit of added detail for Windows.

  • Make sure any running (or hanging) copies of Mathematica are closed
  • Navigate to the installation directory, this is typically some location like C:\Program Files\Wolfram Research\Mathematica\10.0.2
  • Double-click WolframKernel.exe to start a standalone kernel
  • At the In[1]:= prompt, type PacletUpdate["CloudObject"] and press Enter

         
  • Close the kernel window and launch the main program (Mathematica.exe) as usual
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