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Server 2008 continual reboot loop after attempting to apply updates

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I have deleted pending.xml from winsxs directory to no avail.
Would like to avoid doing a fresh install.
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by:noxcho
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Is it crashing when trying to start? Have you used last known good configuration?
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It stalls on update 3 of 3. have tried last known, safe mode, command prompt etc.
Have deleted pending.xml as per microsoft instructions.
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i mean it stalls and then reboots continuously
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So it gets to the stage where it tries to configure an installed update at startup and then restarts, right?
It is crashing for sure.
When you get to recovery interface there must be restore points. Windows Updates services always initiates restore point creation before starting update installation. Try to restore from a restore point which was taken before update.
For this you could need a Windows 2008 Installation DVD.
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ok i will search for restore point. I have the DellServer CDs.
Will get back to you in a few days.
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You dont need Dell CDs for this. The restore points are created by Windows. You need a DVD with your version of Windows.
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realised I deleted a copy of pending.xml.
Deleted the real pending.xml

It worked.
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:) well in panic we oversee some import things
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Sorry to waste time
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