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Windows cannot restart - Windows updates

adam2112 asked
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
I logged into someone's server today and got a message that the c: drive was full. Sure enough, there was only 1.5mb of space on C:. The spooler and pagefile are already on the d: drive. I tried uninstalling some programs but it says there is already a program being installed. I checked task manager and didn't see msiexec, setup,exe or anything else that looked like it might be an install. I tried stopping/restarting windows installer service but it was grayed out. I was able to free around 110MB and thought if I rebooted it would free up the windows installer service so I could uninstall some programs. When I restarted, I got the lovely message that Windows was installing 12 updates. It got to update 10 of 12 and now won't finish shutting down. Obviously it probably ran out of space before it could finish installing updates. Is there a way out of this mess?

The server is Windows Server 2003.
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