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

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?

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

• What operating system are you on? – ilian Sep 5 '15 at 17:53
• The operating system is Windows 7. – Nic Sep 5 '15 at 18:42
• Looks like you should ask that in a comment in the Q&A you referred to. – Sjoerd C. de Vries Sep 5 '15 at 21:49

• 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