Zorin OS 17.1 Pro - Stuck on "Installing new applications"

Was upgrading to Zorin OS 17 Pro, but the problem came when it was stuck on this screen:

Do you have Brave Browser or Google-Chrome browser installed?
Did you check your sources and run

sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade

prior to running the Zorin Upgrader?

Nuh uh.

I did have a deb. package, but never ran it before.

(EDIT: had to reinstall the Zorin system to fix the issue)