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How to fix windows update loop boot?

Some of our users restart their computers when there are windows updates.  The boot process gets stuck in a loop of updates failed, reverting changes, restart, updates failed....
Powering off and going into safe mode is not working.  REmoving "software distribution" after stopping updates service is not working.  Hiding updates that are suspect is not working.  
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I've only ever seen this once and, like you, I struggled with it.  I found an article on the Internet that addressed it, and it was basically reregistering a ton of controls and other files, but even when I got done, I still had issues.  I ended up wiping and reinstalling and from that point forward it was OK.

Perhaps someone has a less drastic approach, but that's all I found that worked for me.
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Try installing the updates during a clean boot

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949358
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did you install KB3033929.?
read here : http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/03/ms-update-3033929-causing-reboot-loop/

it seems you have to wait for a fix
i take it you tried the fixit already?
https://support.microsoft.com/nl-nl/kb/971058?wa=wsignin1.0

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Tried the fixit without fixing it.  Occasionally, turning off windows updates and removing the contents of C:windows\software distribution works.  We do not seem to have a problem with kb3033929.  One user with the problem is working on the computer until March 18.  That is two days from now.  I will try the clean boot then.    Just Friday, a user had the power supply smoke.  With the replacement of the power supply, all updates were installed with no boot loop.  Will let you know on March 19.
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ok - till then

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I have not tried the elaborate solution here since I was limited on time. https://support.microsoft.com/nl-nl/kb/971058?wa=wsignin1.0 
A clean boot did not work.  We have a backup as of March 20. A re-imaging of some of the computers has been necessary.
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ok - if all is running -dn't forget to close this

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Thank you all for your thoughts.  None of these was the solution for all of our PCs that had this problem, but in some cases, your suggestions helped.  I am dividing points between your proposed solutions.  Sadly, a rebuild was necessary in several of these cases.

Thanks very much for your help!
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i'm always glad if i can repair some
there is no general fix for all