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Windows 7:  Cancel Enforced Windows Update Restart that is going to take place in 10 minutes?

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Hi,

We have a contractor on site for 2 days.  We gave him an old laptop.  It installed 250 Windows updates (taking four hours).  Today it tried to install a load more taking over an hour, these rolled back saying "Failure configuring Windows updates Reverting changes.  Do not turn off you computer".

As he's not here for long I asked him just to leave his PC on.

Unfortunately Windows is now installing more updates and it says the PC will be rebooted in 10 minutes.  There is no option to delay or cancel.

I can't have the laptop offline for hours again.  Is there a way to cancel the enforce reboot that has been already initiated?


Many thanks
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To do so on a Windows system, follow these steps:
1. Insert the appropriate Windows 7 media to boot from it.
2. Click Repair your computer or press R.
3. Select Troubleshoot.
4. Select Advanced options.
5. Select Command Prompt.
6. Type these commands and press Enter :
del C:\Windows\WinSxS\cleanup.xml 
del C:\Windows\WinSxS\pending.xml.

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Another method:
1. Find C:\Windows\winsxs\pending.xml on your system.
2. Get rights to it (takeown, whatever)
3. Nuke it.
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Another method:
 if you find yourself in the position to be unable to remove the file.

1. Log off your current user
2. the shutdown widget's submenu in the login screen will have a plain Shut Down option
    (in addition to "Update and Shut Down.")
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Use whichever works best in YOUR situation!
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Thanks for the suggestion.  I had to bite the bullet and let it restart.

I'll bookmark the info for next time.  :-)
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