Vista fails to boot after Auto Update Restart

Posted on 2009-02-12
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
After an auto update, it said it needed to restart.  Now all it will do it boot straight to the Startup Repair, which fails.  

I have tried to boot with logging, but no ntbtlog.txt file is created in c:\windows.  

I have attached the windows update log.  (I removed all before 2/10/09)

Any idea's?
Question by:Xetroximyn
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    Assisted Solution

    Have you already tried to login with Safe mode once? and reboot back into normal mode? you need to press F8 at the start up before the windows loading screen comes up.

    Accepted Solution

    Yea -- tried safe mode, and last known good config, and same results.  

    Ended up trying a myriad of things that helped people who had this problem with the SP1 update a little more than a year ago.  Nothing got it booting.  

    I ended up reinstalling from scratch.  

    Expert Comment

    I'm guessing you're getting stuck in the 3 of 3 screen?

    Boot using your Vista DVD. Head over to system repair and choose commandprompt. Open notepad by typing notepad in the commandprompt. In notepad browse to c:\windows\winsxs (using 'open' in notepad) there should be a file called pending.xml. Delete this file and reboot, you should get the 3 of 3 screen again, after a few seconds it should boot normally. Hope this helps.

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