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Hi

I'm trying to fix a windows Vista computer that is stuck in an update loop

It boots up and displays the following:

Configuring updates: Stage 1 of 3 - 0% Complete. Do not turn off your computer.


It climbs to 25%, then after a while it gives up and displays the following:

"Updates were not configured correctly. Reverting changes. Do not turn off your computer."

This second phase lasts forever and then the system boots and the whole process starts again with the initial message.

I have deleted pending .xml from [winsxs], removed blf files from [System32\SMI\Store\Machine] but nothing manages to break this infinite loop, although I did notice that the initial percentage climbs up higher now

The system doesn't boot into safemode, even if selected at startup, the same  configuring updates screen returns.

The majority of reported issues concern configuring updates being stuck in its third stage.

Quite baffling...and time consuming

any ideas ?

thanks
yann
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by:aadih
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One thing to try (may or may not work but will take only a few minutes):

Boot up in safe mode with command prompt and type rstrui.exe to restore your computer to an earlier time.

If it's a software problem, the probability is high for this to solve your problem.

If not, you could try a repair install of Vista.
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Unfortunately I could get into safe mode
I get booting back into the update mode

Finally, I'm not sure why, but I did get into safe mode
I ran sfc /scannow and rebooted

I'm back in the machine, solved.
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by:aadih
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Great. You fixed the bad file. :-)
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by:Yann Shukor
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I solved my issue
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