Configuring Updates Stage 3 of 3 0% - Infinite Reboot Loop - Vista - Automatic Updates

Hello,
I've googled this and I now I am not alone in the problem.  It just happened yesterday.  Its not my machine but I assume its Vista Service Pack 1 issue.

I've tried to reboot in safe mode, last known good configuration, Start up Repair, with this Windows recovery disc (http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windows-vista-recovery-disc-download/).  All that happens it that it either continues to the Update Screen and enter infinite loop or it stalls on the Windows Screen (the one right before the welcome screen).  I have since removed the hard drive places in a USB dock and am using my Windows 7 machine to access it.  I've tried renaming the "pending.xml" file, but get the whole ""You require permission from SYSTEM to make changes to this file".  I then tried following instructions at http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7performance/thread/800326ee-5d55-4ef9-ac67-b5e1669989a5 but now I can't change stuff because I don't have permission from myself (not my admin, my only user).

Um... what to do now? I don't have a vista disc. Its on the partition. But I don't know even now how to reinstall everything to factory standard if I can't get past either of the screens mentioned above.  I've saved what I need via the USB dock.

Your help is appreciated,
Cheers,
JE

viewed this among others:
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Get-Vista-Out-of-the-Infinite-Reboot-Loop-Configuring-Updates-Stage-3-of-3-0-with-Vista-SP1-78933.shtml
justearthAsked:
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MaestroDTCommented:
Did you replace the owner on the file, and THEN try to change the permission setting?
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justearthAuthor Commented:
I am now the owner of the file, but it says I need permission from myself, the owner.  I am unsure what to do.  

Please advise,
Cheers,
JE
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MaestroDTCommented:
You take ownership, apply, then you go back to the permissions window, add permission for "everyone" and "full control" ...

you may be the owner, but owner can be denied permission too. the difference is, the owner of a file can CHANGE permissions and then give themself access.
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justearthAuthor Commented:
MaestroDT:

Could you provide a little more guidance on how to do this in Windows 7? I am not familiar with the process? Also, will this gunk stuff up when I put the HD back in the original machine.

Cheers,
JE
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MaestroDTCommented:
Shouldn't gunk anything up -- if you give the Everyone group the Full Control permission, that means everyone can edit.

And certainly I can provide more information.

SPECIFIC TO WIN 7

To Take Ownership:
Right-click file, Properties. Security tab. Advanced button. Owner tab. Edit button. Select your username from the list. If your username is not listed, click Other Users and Groups button, type your username in the box, and click check names - it should underline your username if you typed it right, then click OK. Check the box for Replace Owner on Subcontainers if it is a folder. Hit Apply, then OK.

Congratulations, you are now the proud owner of this file!

To Change Permission:
Right-click file, Properties. Security tab. Edit button. Add button. If "Everyone" group is not in the list - Type "Everyone" without quotes, click check names, then OK. Select Everyone group from list. Under Permissions, check the box for Full Control, and ensure no Deny permissions are selected... every permission should check itself when you select Full Control. Hit Apply, then OK. Hit Apply, then OK again on the next window.

Congrats, you now have permission to edit your file!

=)
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acl-puzzCommented:

cacls  filename /p Everyone:w


Now all have write permission on it! now try

Cheers
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justearthAuthor Commented:
Thanks.
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