Solved

windows vista update loop

Posted on 2013-12-21
4
555 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-26
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
0
Comment
Question by:Yann Shukor
  • 2
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 24

Expert Comment

by:aadih
ID: 39733608
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.
0
 

Accepted Solution

by:
Yann Shukor earned 0 total points
ID: 39733613
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.
0
 
LVL 24

Expert Comment

by:aadih
ID: 39733615
Great. You fixed the bad file. :-)
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:Yann Shukor
ID: 39739801
I solved my issue
0

Featured Post

U.S. Department of Agriculture and Acronis Access

With the new era of mobile computing, smartphones and tablets, wireless communications and cloud services, the USDA sought to take advantage of a mobilized workforce and the blurring lines between personal and corporate computing resources.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

If you get continual lockouts after changing your Active Directory password, there are several possible reasons.  Two of the most common are using other devices to access your email and stored passwords in the credential manager of windows.
When you try to extract and to view the contents of a Microsoft Update Standalone Package (MSU) for Windows Vista, you cannot extract the files from the MSU. Here we are going to explain how to extract those hotfix details without using any third pa…
With the advent of Windows 10, Microsoft is pushing a Get Windows 10 icon into the notification area (system tray) of qualifying computers. There are many reasons for wanting to remove this icon. This two-part Experts Exchange video Micro Tutorial s…
This is used to tweak the memory usage for your computer, it is used for servers more so than workstations but just be careful editing registry settings as it may cause irreversible results. I hold no responsibility for anything you do to the regist…

825 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question