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I have a snapshot of a server that was broken by some windows updates. I need to boot it up without allowing the updates to install. I need to find a way to trick it into not knowing what day/time it is or similar. Historically it is controlled by a GPO that forces an update at 2 AM Thursday morning. My snapshot is from Wednesday, well before the scheduled time, but anytime I restore the snapshot, it updates as it boots up.
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Unfortunately, the thing is: if it updates on bootup, it means that you created the snapshot while it had already begun these updates. When rebooting, updating is completed.

So you cannot emerge using time cheating. You may try to delete the file pending.xml as shown here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/48d20da9-0535-462f-b177-f30f48992203/how-to-removing-a-pending-update-that-is-preventing-a-successful-boot?forum=w7itprogeneral
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The updates are part of the image, you cannot change. But if it updates because of the GPO then pull it out from the network.
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by:T.J. Couey
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Have you tried to boot the system in to safe mode with F8 on startup?
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The updates had been downloaded but not installed with the snapshot image. If I could somehow keep its clock set to the day before the scheduled update, I would expect it would be fine.

Safe mode didn't help. Changing BIOS time didn't help. Unplugged from network didn't help.

Removing the pending.xml is my best shot. Sadly, I ran out of time and could not do this method before scrapping the test box so I may never know. :(
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