Samsung Smart Switch update getting stuck at checking downloaded update files

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SUMMARY OF PROBLEM (details after & below)
—> 1 hr & 45 minutes hanging stuck in "Checking the downloaded update files. DO NOT DISCONNECT THE CABLE FROM THE PC "

++ Phone = Samsung Note 10+ 5G
++ Model = N976V (a US compatibility model)
++ Android Model = Android 10 (current)
++ Phone UI Version = ONE 2.0 (current)

++ PC Operating System = Windows 7 Ultimate

++ PC-to-Phone Connection Cable = USB 3.0 (pc usb port) -to- USB-C (phone usb port)

++ Carrier type = Verizon (service not activated yet)

++ Purchase = "Open Box" (Ebay)

\\\\___ Background to PROBLEM ___\\\\\
Before taking the phone to Verizon to subscribe/activate live service I planned on using Samsung Smart Switch to update Android to version 11 & update the phone GUI interface ONE UI 2.0 to version 3.0 or 3.1.

[ + ] The setup and connection of phone to PC = NO PROBLEM

[ + ] The Samsung Smart Switch onscreen UI = NO PROBLEM (startup OK & easy to understand/user-friendly )

[ + ] The UPDATE DOWNLOAD = 100% Success (onscreen notification memo in Smart Switch)

…. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. …. ….

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[ – ] After Download Update is COMPLETE the following message is displayed in an onscreen notification system dialogue box ::

""
SOFTWARE UPDATE IN PROGRESS…..

Checking the downloaded update files…..
Please do not disconnect the cable from the PC."

[[[[ a full green progress bar here ]]]] 100%

[[[ small empty gray box the size of a submit or enter or cancel button here ]]] <—- located at right margin edge of dialogue box —

""
Important Notes :::

1. The download took 2:45 (2 hrs & 45 minutes)

2. As of this message it’s been 1 hr
& 45 MORE minutes still in the ABOVE
STATUS about "checking the downloaded
update files"

3. Task Manager shows CPU usage fluctuating mildly between 11%-13%. 2 other apps are active = 1 instance of notepad & 1 instance of windows explorer containing the installation directory of Samsung Smart Switch. Considered minor and probably inconsequential, they were not closed before beginning this activity.

I don’t want to brick my phone. I’m not sure if it’s safe to disconnect and reboot manually & see if the update actually completed (not just the file download & file transfer from pc to phone partition table)

I WANT to cross my fingers and reboot and HOPE that this extended elapsed time is just a harmless "hang" glitch with no serious harm, but I DON’T REALLY KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT.

Any helpful info/feedback is welcome, thanks

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