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  • Question

  • over the last week or so, i've had 4 pc's fail to complete windows updates successfully.

    on startup the pc attempts to install windows updates, fails, reverts the changes, reboots, attempts to reinstall updates, fails, reverts changes, reboots, attempts to reinstall updates, fails, reverts changes, reboots and so on.

    booting into safe mode or safe mode with networking works, but there is seemingly no way to halt the forced updates which are causing the pc to boot loop when booting normally.

    i've had one of our users try the microsoft fixit tool for windows update, found here - https://support.microsoft.com/mats/windows_update/en-us?entrypoint=lightbox with no success.

    how can i stop the update process so i can figure out which update is causing the problem? or at the very least, stop the updates from bootlooping our pc's, as the last time i tried to fix this, i ended up having to do a full re-install as stopping the windows update services via msconfig had no affect on the updates installed on boot.

    i've also tried reverting to a last known good configuration - no joy. system restore - no joy.

    help please! 

    Thursday, March 6, 2014 3:39 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    Did you mean that you're unable to enter the system at all? If so, I suggest you perform a startup repair and check if it can make any difference.

    Meanwhile, you can open Command Prompt
    in System Recovery console , then run the following command for a test.

    dism.exe /image:C:\ /cleanup-image /revertpendingactions   (C means your system drive)<o:p></o:p>

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IN/windows7/products/features/startup-repair

    If you can enter the system. then go to control panel\Windows Update\Change settings, then change your settings on automatically download and install updates. check for failed updates in the view windows updates history, find which update cause this issue.


    Yolanda Zhu
    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Roger Lu Tuesday, March 18, 2014 7:59 AM
    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 8:01 AM

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  • TC

    There is a reg edit you can do and it can be found here http://lifehacker.com/stop-windows-from-restarting-your-computer-after-update-509712123


    Wanikiya and Dyami--Team Zigzag

    Thursday, March 6, 2014 4:03 PM
  • TC

    There is a reg edit you can do and it can be found here http://lifehacker.com/stop-windows-from-restarting-your-computer-after-update-509712123


    Wanikiya and Dyami--Team Zigzag

    that seems to be in regard to forcing logoff when a user is logged in

    i need to stop windows installing/configuring updates on reboot, before you have logged in.


    Friday, March 7, 2014 11:06 AM
  • Hi,

    Did you mean that you're unable to enter the system at all? If so, I suggest you perform a startup repair and check if it can make any difference.

    Meanwhile, you can open Command Prompt
    in System Recovery console , then run the following command for a test.

    dism.exe /image:C:\ /cleanup-image /revertpendingactions   (C means your system drive)<o:p></o:p>

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IN/windows7/products/features/startup-repair

    If you can enter the system. then go to control panel\Windows Update\Change settings, then change your settings on automatically download and install updates. check for failed updates in the view windows updates history, find which update cause this issue.


    Yolanda Zhu
    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Roger Lu Tuesday, March 18, 2014 7:59 AM
    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 8:01 AM