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Vista will not start after Windows Update

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My Vista Home Premium 64bit on a RAID 0 HD did updates last night now it will not fully boot windows.  It gets past the initial startup and says Configuring 3 of 3 Updates do not shutdown the computer, it says 100% then the computer restarts. It repeats this again and again. It does the same thing when trying to get into Safe Mode.

My vista does not have the option for Startup repair in the boot options or system restore. Last know good configuration boot up option did not work either.

So here is a list of what I have tried:
ERD Commander for Vista 64bit and the Vista Home Premium 64bit CD does not find my Windows install probably because its in RAID 0. I try to load the SATA/Raid Drivers through a CD download from Motherboard Manufacture website and it just sits on the Adding Drivers screen and eventually will error out. Motherboard is Asus P5N-D for Socket 775 with Nvidia Chipset. I then tried downloading the Sata/Raid Drivers from Nvidias Site and did not work either.
Therefore I cant get to the the Startup Repair or other options.

Through ERD Commander I am able to skip loading a windows OS,and go to the system explorer and can actually see all my windows files intact still.

ERD also has CMD Prompt option, using that I switched to C:\ where my windows Dir is installed and have tried running, System Restore but have no backup points, /fixmbr, /fixboot, /rebuildbcd, chkdsk, chkdsk /f, chkdsk /r, sfc /scanow.

I am lost for things to try... and dont understand why ERD or the Vista CD wont recognize my Windows installation or wont load my 64bit Sata/Raid drivers.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Take a look at the System Readiness tool (which may correct the update issue):

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/947821

For Vista, you need to be at SP2 for Vista, and if you are, it may help. ... Thinkpads_User
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How will I run or install this tool?
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Down at the bottom of the link I provided, there are different downloads for different versions of windows. You download the tool, and I expect you can install/run the tool after download. I have not used the tool (not needed it), but it exists for this kind of reason.   ... Thinkpads_User
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You need to be logged into windows to run this tool though. I cannot load windows so have no way to install an msu file to my knowledge?
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Yes, I did some more research after I posted and realized this. I was about to post just as you did. My apologies, because I should have seen this first and posted the proviso.

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I think now, given that you can see your files after starting with ERD, that you probably will have to save your data and reinstall Vista. I do not see what other option would be available to you. Also, in this circumstance, this is what I would do (and have done before, minus the RAID issue). ... Thinkpads_User
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That is great! I am glad you figured it out and thank you for the update. Sorry I could not have been more helpful in this case.  ... Thinkpads_User
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found it myself
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