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SBS 2008 Updates got stuck, system now won't boot normal.

(Can a MOD please move this thread to the sbs2008 area, I accidenly stuck it in hardware servers)

Fresh OEM install, everything went perfect, left it to apply its recent updates and 7 hours later the
CONFIGURING UPDATES STAGE 3 OF 3: 0%  
Message was still on the screen, Forced reboot and it loaded to a black screen with the mouse cursor(even in safe mode), googled and found this fix, (delete WINDOWS\WINSXS\PENDING.XML)
It seemed to then boot normal, but has stuck on a screen with this message
" updates were not configure correctly. reverting changes. do not turn off your computer."
Its been like that for over an hour.
Not sure what to do next ? pleae advise, don't want to have to reinstall if possible.  

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Novahux
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Novahux
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NovahuxAuthor Commented:
Forced system to shutdown, and rebooted to safe mode, screen is black again with a moveable mouse cursor. might delete the pending.xml file again but it seems Im just going around in circles.
 
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NovahuxAuthor Commented:
Before I got around to rebooting, the screen changed from black with pointer to the " reverting changes. do not turn off your computer " screen again. .

Damn this is so murphys law, I need to deliver the system in under an hour, and don't know wether to persist with trying to fix it or go for a reinstall.  
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NovahuxAuthor Commented:
As per some googled suggestions renamed the "sofwaredistribution" folder, and confirmed that the pending.xml file is deleted.
Still booting to "" updates were not configure correctly. reverting changes. do not turn off your computer." message.

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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
The SBS built-in backup will get you back to the point before by restoring and it may even do it in under an hour.

Philip
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NovahuxAuthor Commented:
Only just installed ,so I had not done a backup,
ended up doing a re-install all is goo, I made sure a backup was done before I allowed any auto updates.
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NovahuxAuthor Commented:
No solutions posted, Self fixed by reinstalling OS.
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
We update in the following order:
 SBS 08 Rollup
 Win2K8 OS
 Exchange
 WSS, WSUS
 .NET
 SQL
If there are reboots required, we do them in between each group of updates. We backup after each step.

Philip
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TelxonCommented:
I know this thread is old; but I had the same thing happen -- right before delivery to the client no less.

Solution was to plug in a network cable; then the updates completed within a few minutes.
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RedITAusCommented:
Telxon, I had the same issue. Your solution resolved it.
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JAStillwellCommented:
Telxon: you are the MAN! Setting up SBS 2008 just as described. 3 of 3 updates stopped. Plugged in network cable to a spare router (not ready to put the server on the network) and voilĂ ! Awesome info!
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Enclave TechnologiesCommented:
SBS is so thick
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PCLANTECHSCommented:
I just ran into the same issue. FYI I resolved by disabling the NIC and booting into safe mode where the updates completed.
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