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Hello,

I have the following problem, i'm running sbs 2008 std. during or just after windows update i had a power failure.
Now windows boots giving message applying computer settings > "Configuring updates: Stage 3 of 3 - 0% complete" > then go's into black screen and then reboots
This process keeps on going. What can i do to repair windows. Already found Article ID: 949358

You have any suggestions?
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There is a file C:\windows\winsxs\pending.xml you should rename it. This will prevent the updates from keeping installing. Tough you should fix the problem. Maybe try repairing windows update.
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I found a nice procedure here:
http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverhyperv/thread/106471aa-cc0e-40c8-b5c1-d863bb8e2aed

1.  Insert the Windows Server installation disc in the disc drive, and then restart the computer.  

2.  When you are prompted to restart from the disc, press any key.  

3.  When you are prompted, configure the Language to install, Time and currency format , and Keyboard or input method options that you want, and then click Next .  

4.  On the Install Windows page, click Repair your computer .  

5.  On the System Recovery Options page, click the version of the Windows Server operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next .  

Use the System Recovery options to rename the Pending.xml file and edit the registry : 1.  On the System Recovery Options page, click Command Prompt .  

2.  Type cd C:\windows\winsxs , and then press ENTER.  

3.  Type ren pending.xml pending.old , and then press ENTER.  

4.  Type regedit , and then press ENTER.  

5.  Select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE .  

6.  On the File menu, click Load Hive .  

7.  Locate the following folder: C:\windows\system32\config\components  

8.  When you are prompted for a name, type Offline_Components .  

9.  In Registry Editor, locate and then delete the following registry subkey:

HLKM\Offline Components\AdvancedInstallersNeedResolving

HKLM\Offline Components\PendingXmlIdentifier  

Exit Registry Editor :

9.1.  At the command prompt, type exit to exit Registry Editor.  

9.2.  Press ENTER.  

9.3.  Click Restart .  
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Yes, found that file in Article ID: 949358 indeed. Are there any downsides to this solution?
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