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Solved: configuring updates 0% -shutting down

Question: Solved: configuring updates 0% -shutting down

Hi guys, can you help please. My daughters dell laptop is stuck on configure updates. Doesn't update and comp restarts over and over it is groundhog day on the lappy. I cannot get to anything. Any ideas please.

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Last night I was using my computer when it suddenly said "configuring updates, shutting down." I have Vista ultimate. I guess I'm lucky that everything seemed to work and it only tried once and came back, but it still scared me. Luckily I wasn't doing anything important; what if I had been working on some big paper? Also my husband and son had the same problems on their computers too but my husband's computer took all day to finish it.

Please please please I just want to know how to prevent it from ever doing this again! It just shut down with absolutely no warning. That's beyond the pale as far as I'm concerned.

Answer:Solved: configuring updates

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Hello, today I helped my mother with her PC (My old gaming rig) because she had those advertising addons all over her browser .

I successfully uninstalled and disabled all of the programs, then did a defrag and disk cleanup while I was at it .

The PC has a gtx 570 in it so I had a look for updates and decided to remove GeForce Experience. Nvidias GeForce experience wasn't cooperating so I ran the Display Driver uninstall tool (version from "". I ran it and it said it would reboot in safe mode due to registry changes.


Now, the PC fails to boot at all . It gets through the safe mode load screen with all the .sys files, then it says "Failed configuing windows updates. Reverting changes... Do not turn off your computer." I left it for 30 mins, nothing was happening .

I've since tried booting from last known good configuration and start windows normally, but both boot in safe mode and get stuck on the Failed to configure message.

I have also tried using the windows 7 disk, here are screenshots of my step by step attempts. I am absolutely dumbfounded, I don't know what I've done or what to do to fix it..

Answer:[SOLVED] Failed configuring windows updates.

On your first screen shot, what version of windows is on the computer, and what version is your windows CD?

Your recover from image screenshot, is looking for a image file, do you have clone of your hard drive?

To run chkdsk from the Recovery Environment, you need to point to your Windows drive, the command you typed is trying to run chkdsk on the windows CD.
type this chkdsk E: /r

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I have a problem that I think may have been covered in other threads but none of the suggestions have been successful.

After downloading some Vista updates my Dell desktop restarted and tried to load stage 3 of the updates, it moves very quickly from 0% to 100% and then restarts, only to go back into the same loop of trying to configure stage 3 and restarting.

I have tried the following, starting in safe mode, same results the updates try to configure.

Automatic repair, I am told by a message this can not be repaired.

System restore, I only have 2 system restore points shown and they are at the time of the upgrade, if I try and restore to these points I get an error message.

I have tried to reboot from the original installation disk supplied but all I get is "windows is loading files" and then a black screen.

I have tried the neosoft iso boot option but again get the message that windows is loading files and then the black screen.

I am at the stage where I can not think of anything else other than go to a data recovery specialist, grab the most important files (have over 200Gb of assorted stuff on the hard disk) and then reset to factory settings and load up the data and try and find the sources of all the programmes that I had. This sounds like an enormous task and this is the primary computer for my business. If any kind soul has any suggestions as to how I can somehow recover this situation I would be eternally grateful.

Thank you in advance

Answer:Solved: Configuring updates stage 3 of 3 loop

hi use a linux distro ie ubuntu
in live cd mode .to do this dl it burn to disc use imgburn to do this put it in your drive reboot and run in live cd mode this will let you save data to a usb device

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I have had a problem for the past few weeks configuring Windows updates. I've been able to successfully download the updates, but after shutting down the computer and restarting, An error box states Update Not Configured Correctly. Reverting Changes.

I am running Vista Version 6 Build 6002: Service Pack 3.

Any help to rectify problem would be much appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Problems configuring windows updates

That is Service Pack 2

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First some background info;
I'm running Vista home edition on a Fujitsu FMV Biblo NF/D75 laptop. It's a Japanese computer with Japanese installation. However I changed the UI language to English. After about 18 months of use, the battery stopped charging. We haven't bought a new one and just use the computer plugged into the mains.
Yesterday I used the computer fine, did a windows update and restarted, all OK. Later I set the computer to sleep, and then later on unplugged it and put it away. This morning, I switched it on and I got the familiar configuring updates screen. I thought nothing of it, went and made a cup of tea while it did its thing. When I came back I noticed that it was getting to update 3of3, and the computer would restart. This happens continuously if I let it.
I then pressed F8 and tried safe mode - it didn't work.
I then tried f8 and 'Repair your computer'. It's all in Japanese but I managed to get to a diagnostic screen where I received the following report.

Problem Signature:
Problem Event Name: StartupRepairV2
Problem Signature 01: AutoFailover
Problem Signature 02: 6.0.6000.16386.6.0.6001.18000
Problem Signature 03: 0
Problem Signature 04: 65537
Problem Signature 05: unknown
Problem Signature 06: NoRootCause
Problem Signature 07: 0
Problem Signature 08: 2
Problem Signature 09: WrpRepair
Problem Signature 10: 10
OS Version: 6.0.6000.
Locale ID: 1033

I searched around the internet using this report and followed advice t... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Windows Vista stuck in 'configuring updates' cycle

Hello majorbriggs and welcome to TSF!

Sounds like you are getting a BSOD while your computer is updating. Can you get onto your desktop atall? (if you could Go to C > Windows > Minidump > zip up the dump files and upload them with your next post)

How much free disk space did you have?
When was the last time you updated the drivers on your laptop?
Have you installed any new software prior to this happening?


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Note: I can't take any screen shots because my problematic laptop won't even start up fully.

So as a bit of background, my 6-year-old Toshiba A505-S6005 laptop battery has been horrible for ages (as in my laptop MUST be plugged in at all times or else it will immediately spontaneously turn off without a proper shut-down. It also spontaneously turns off it it overheats or starts working too hard or something), so I don't use it very much - but it's where I keep all my music and movies, and I've been gradually transferring these files to other devices, which is why I still use it occasionally...

Anyway, 2 nights ago, I downloaded and installed updates, and after taking a while to install updates, it stayed on the "shutting down..." screen for a long time... And when I woke up the next morning, it was STILL on the "shutting down" screen - and it had been 8 hours by that point (I was actually very surprised that it hadn't spontaneously turned off overnight). So I did a force-turn-off because I thought it would start up ok.

Today, I turned on the computer figuring it would boot up ok. So we get to the start-up screen - it even spends a mere split second on the usual improper-shut-down-how-would-you-like-to-start-up screen (it usually spends 30 seconds on that screen) and it goes through "configuring updates," and this took a while, and then it went back to the "shutting down..." screen. And it was stuck there for about 20 minutes be... Read more

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Hi, my OS is Vista HP. I have recently upgraded to ESET NOD32 AV Version 3.0 from the previous version. Auto updates worked perfectly with the previous version but they are not working with V 3.0. I need to know how to configure Windows Vista Firewall to allow 3 x ESET program files to access the internet so auto updates will work. I have searched HELP in the firewall but I'm not any nearer to finding out how to configure it. Could anyone assist in this matter? Thanks in advance

Answer:Solved: configuring firewall to allow AV files to access internet so auto updates will work

You should just get a message when they try to access internet and you agree "don't block" is all.
Contgrol Panel, Windows Firewall, "allow a program through firewall" (up on left)and it shouls be listed or you can add it.

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EDIT: Please see my updated information a few posts down.

Hello, I'm having issues on a Windows 7 64 bit system. If the updates install, then upon restart it fails configuration and reverts back. Otherwise the the updates will fail and I get the following when using the windows fix it for windows update tool.

I am running a sfc /scannow currently. The failure code on all the updates is 80200001.

Thanks for any help.

update: the sfc /scannow

"Verification 100% complete.

Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations."

Answer:Windows Updates Fails configuring updates and reverts back

Hi bro,I had the same problem 3 days ago and I have solved the problem so, I think, I can help you,first of all I need to know if you have any antivirus tool intalled on your computer,if it so,[download CLEANER sofware from's important]uninstall them,for this action use safe mode by pressing F8 button,when you boot with safe mod you will not be able to uninstall your antivirus,because you have loaded only the drivers that needs safe mod,that's why you must delete your antivirus manually,for best result go to control panel-->folder options-->mark "show hidden files,folders,archives" apply and ok then go to user folder and open AppData\Local\"antivirus folder" and delete it,after this open AppData\Roaming\"antivirus folder" and delete it as well,at the end,you have to delete the main folder of your antivirus,that is installed on C or another drive.for example:C:\Program Files\ESET.After that open cleaner go to REGISTRY and scan for issues and if you get[I am sure you will get errors] any problem,fix them[delete them,you don't need to save registry settings before deleting] after cleaning registry, you have to run cleaner,so, go to software main window and press RUN CLEANER button[it's the last step] and restart your computer with normal mode.Now you can install updates and configure your windows safely.I hope this will help you

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I have Dell N5010 in which is running on Windows 7 and today after not using the laptop for a few months I clicked it and I found out that there were a lot of updates in which needed to be installed, in which I did. After completeing the updates I wa sinstructed to restart it and when I cut it back on it will only tay on for a few mintues, does anybody have any ideas on what could wrong with it, because the laptop is only 2 years old and I hope I did not mess up with installing the updates!!!!!!!!

Answer:Solved: Dell N5010 Shutting after runnning Updates

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I very stupidly shut down my computer during the "system updates... do not power off or unplug" and now Windows 7 is exceptionally slow to log in or do anything at all.

I system restored it to a point a week before the shutdown incident and I also then installed all the missing updates but it is only marginally better. It still takes about 30 - 60 minutes to log in.

Any ideas on what is wrong would be greatly appreciated thank you! :)

Answer:[SOLVED] Windows v. slow after shutting down during system updates

Hi ariana44,

Is it the same when you boot in to Safe Mode? Tap F8 whilst the computer is first starting up and then choose Safe Mode when prompted. Report back whether this improves it or not.

Was it Service Pack 1 that you were installing? You could also try uninstalling it, then rebooting and then try re-installing it.

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Configuring updates...
I've had this problem for about a couple of months now and cannot get rid of it. Once fully started, my PC runs without issue, however starting up and shutting down are a pain. Every time I shut down the system, I get the regular shut down routine only it says "Configuring updates..." and churns for a while. On start up I get the "Configuring updates..." message for a while and then it says "Shutting down..." and it reboots completely. Shut down and start up both take approximately 5 minutes a piece and that's not an exaggeration. I would much appreciate it if someone can lend a hand. I've pasted a HijackThis log below. Sure would be nice to startup in less than 5 minutes again...

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 11:41:40 AM, on 8/9/2008
Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16609)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.6.0_07\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft IntelliPoint\ipoint.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Google Desktop Search\GoogleDesktop.exe
C:\Program Files\Dell Support Center\bin\sprtcmd.exe
C:\Program Files\Kaspersky Lab\Kaspersky Anti-Virus 7.0\avp.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar\sidebar.exe
C:\Program Files\Del... Read more

Answer:Solved: "Configuring Updates" Every Startup & Shutdown {Moved from Malware}

No replies so I found similar issues others had and it led to a complete re-install of WIndows since I had already had KB938371 installed and could not install KB937287-x86.msu even stand-alone. See info here:
Microsoft admits KB937287 & KB938371 problems
Update for Windows Vista (KB938371)
Download standalones KB937287-x86.msu and KB938371-x86.msu
Disable UAC, Anti-virus, Windows firewall and disconnect from internet
Install KB937287 (no reboot required) then KB938371 reboot and it succesfully installs without multi bootups.

Microsoft admits installing KB937287 with other windows updates will not work, and as pulled the patch. Therefore you have to install KB937287 seperately and preferably as a standalone then KB938371 and other patches should install OK. The problem caused many machines to multi-boot with unsuccesful installs, and in some cases failed to system restore.
The standalone patchs can be found at:
Download details: Update for Windows Vista (KB937287) "

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I can use safe mode to post. I cant get system restore to work(checkdisk problem but after running CHDSK a zillion times, i still get a checkdisk problem--and cant get system restore to do its thing).

I went to update Updates one month ago and ever since a normal boot into Windows gives me this message and it will not stop or go anywhere. I have tried leaving my computer on for 4 hours. I have tried Repair my computer a zillion times. I understand this is a major widespread problem with the Vista OS

"Configuring Updates Stage 3 of 3 0%"

Answer:Solved: "Configuring Updates Stage 3 of 3 0%" will not STOP

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Good morning,

I'm sorry to bother you but I am having a problem and have absolutely no experience with Windows 8. The computer in question is my sisters and she has had problems which led to it being restored to factory default.

Since the restore I have reinstalled office 2013 and Norton. Following these I decided to run Windows update in order to receive all of the latest security updates and such for the computer (she isn't very tech savvy so it's left to me to sort the computers in the house out)

I ran the updates and whilst going through the restart process it said 'failed to configure Windows updates'. Admiteddly it was the middle of the night so I had to force shut down and continue the following morning. Having waited until it reached the start screen again I went through the following processes I've found online:

- Ran the windows update troubleshooter, which said that it resolved the issues but from then, when trying to update, it hung on 0%.

- To resolve this I disabled windows update an deleted all data that I possibly could (excluding files that were in use and couldn't be removed) from the c:/Windows/SoftwareDistribution.

From there, I ran a single windows 8 update which downloaded fine. However when it went through the restarting stage I was met with a familiar 'failed to configure Windows updates' screen. Is there any solution, or am I better off formatting the computer once again and restarting as there is nothing on the computer as of yet ot... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] 'Failed configuring Windows updates' - Windows 8

Try with Norton disabled. Make sure you're not combining Windows Defender and Norton in the future.

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Toshiba Satellite laptop running Vista home premiumI have the configuring updates 3 of 3 0% on startup (which it eventually does) and everytime you shutdown it say configuring updates do not power off and freezes - so I hold power off button til it shuts down - I believe I am not supposed to do this but don't know what else to do. I believe it may be a corrupt update ? - but can't check "installed updates" - to delete updates - as when you access it, the green progress bar freezes at about 95 % - other tasks also have the progress bar freeze at 95% - have also tried F8 to use system restore which temporarily works until shutdown etc - then can't power off etc - vicious circle!!! - advice appreciated

Answer:Configuring updates on shutdown and updates 3 of

You might have problems... I googled this and found,click hereOn any PC a forced shutdown can (not always) corrupt the file system. Was this the NVidia optional update that caused this ? No good to you now, but this is where a program such as Acronis TI is so useful.A reinstall may be required to fix this. Laptops usually have a hidden partition that you can access at boot to reinstall to as it was on day one.

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I have  a Samsung small laptop.  There were 47 updates and so I said ok.  When I restarted to configure, I get a message stating FAILURE CONFIGURING WINDOWS UP DATE  REVERTING CHANGES DO NOT SHUT DOWN MACHINE




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I am having trouble with my windows updates. Updates history shows that all updates have successfully been installed. However, when I turn on and off my computer, I get a screen "configuring updates - 3 of 3". The computer takes ages to start or turn off......please helpppppp!!!!!!

Answer:Configuring updates - 3 of 3

Hi Lina, this is a known bug in Vista. We will need to Rename the Pending.xml file, and then edit the registry.
To fix this problem, try these steps:
1: Boot from Windows Vista DVD and on the Install Now screen, click Repair Your Computer.
2: Click Command Prompt.
3: Type cd C:\windows\winsxs and then press ENTER.
4: Type ren pending.xml pending.old and then press ENTER.
5: Type regedit and then press ENTER.
6: Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. Now click on the File menu and then click Load Hive.
7: Locate the following folder:
When you are prompted for a name, type Offline_Components.
8:In Registry Editor, locate and then delete the following registry subkey:
HLKM\Offline Components\AdvancedInstallersNeedResolving
HKLM\Offline Components\PendingXmlIdentifier
9: Type exit and restart your computer.

Full info: The update is not installed successfully, you receive a message, and the computer restarts when you try to install an update in Windows Vista

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From around about three days back I when turning my PC on I get the message configuring update do not switch off your computer 0 % done. Now normally it will go through the process of configuring the updates downloaded however this time it just sits at 0% until it seems to time out and then it boots normally. The next time I turn on the same thing. I am not sure as I have really not taken note but I think I get a similar thing on shutdown

Any ideas on this would be appreciated

Answer:Configuring Updates but it does not

Same thing here, and it is going to start me p*** off a bit. Every morning to wait 5 minutes when it configures the update and then takes it back and starts windows normally.

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For the past month, every time I switch on this computer, I get the message "Configuring Updates No.3 of 3-0% complete".
Clearly the configuration is never successful or the message wouldn't keep re-appearing. Can anyone tell me how to successfully complete the configuration OR how to stop the message since it makes access so very, very slow? Thank you.

Answer:Configuring Updates

Can you still boot to windows? Have you tried uninstalling the latest updates?

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I have had a Toshiba Satellite laptop for 6 months and has always run great. I started it up today and it says Configuring updates Stage 3 0f 3 with 0 % complete. Do not turn computer off. During the shut down stage it will allow me to hit F2 and get into cmos update, which I have not done yet. It keeps going thru this cycle. I have Home basic Vista on a Toshiba 135. I could not find where anyone else has posted this, so I am hoping for an answer. I did not catch whether there was a stage 1 or 2 to the configuring. I hope someone has some ideas. Thanks a bunch.

Answer:Configuring Updates

Have you tried booting into Safe Mode (pressing F8 at the time when the system finishes posting)?

Once in, I'd suggest uninstalling the updates that were most recent.

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I've had this problem for about a month now and it's more frustrating than anything. My system still runs completely fine, however it's start up and shut down that are the issue here. Every time I shut down the computer, I get the regular shut down routine only it says "Configuring updates..." every time. On start up I get the "Configuring updates..." message and then it says "Shutting down..." and the screen goes black before starting back up. Shut down and start up both take approximately 5 minutes a piece and that's not an exaggeration. And once the computer has finished starting up, it always tells me that Windows failed to connect to a System Event Log or something like that. Anyways, I don't have a clue what to do and would like to be able to use my laptop without waiting 5 minutes for start up every time. I've done a HijackThis log. Hopefully someone can help me.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 10:06:03 PM, on 4/14/2008
Platform: Windows Vista (WinNT 6.00.1904)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.16609)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Windows Defender\MSASCui.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Intel Matrix Storage Manager\IAAnotif.exe
C:\Program Files\McAfee\MPS\mpsevh.exe
C:\Program Files\Synaptics\SynTP\SynTPEnh.exe
C:\Program Files\Spare Backup\SpareBackup.exe
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I have the message "configuring updates 1 of 3 : 0% complete , do not turn off the computer", for a long time. I have no idea what to do ... please help.
Moderator Note; Please do not duplicate messages as it splinters the discussion. Thread lockedMessage Edited by andyP on 06-17-2008 09:59 PM

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Hi, I have had Vista for a little over a year and so far i've had no complaints, but recently i've been recieveing configuring updates on startup and shut down this lasts for about 40 minutes each how can i stop this any help is useful


Answer:configuring updates

try changing your windows updates settings to "Check for updates but let me choose etc"
then you can allow or not the updates that's causing the problem.
start/right click on my computer/properties/windows update/change setting.

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My Fujitsu Seimens Amilo Li has been stuck for 24 hours trying to configure updates from Windown Vista Home Basic. I cannot use the computer as it tries to configure these updates and warns not to turn off the computer. I need to override this and make it go away.

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I have Vista Home Premium edition on my new laptop. It takes about 10-15 minutes to configure updates and sometimes it shuts down automatically and starts configuring again. What can I do so I can stop this feature and manually install updates. I'm getting frustrated waiting for all this to complete.
Olivia's Mom

Answer:Configuring Updates

HI pmnastasi,
Everything you have stated above is by design. You can tell windows not to automaticaly install the updates if you like so you can install the updates when you want. Here is how:
Click Start (windows orb) > Control Panel > At the top left corner click Classic View > Click Windows Update icon> Click Change Settings at top left corner and adjust the Windows updates as you like. Hope this helps!

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I received 4 updates today and all 4 installed however one update KB961371 showed error 800703F9. While configuring updates it would show Stage 1 of 3-0%complete. Then it would show updates not configured propertly. I tried this several time, same results. I did a system restore and then tried installing only the security update, same results. After this I reinstalled the other 3 update with no problem. This is the first time I have had a update not to install. I am using AVG Internet Security 8.5 version, however I don't think this is the problem as I have received over 130 windows updates inthe past. I do have windows set to install updates automatically every day. I have contacted MS with this information but have not received a answer. To tell the truth I trust the forum more. I look up some information and this update applies to 2008 windows server Itanium-based system. I have a HP Pavilion s3120n with AMD 64 live processor. Comments welcome.

Answer:Configuring windows updates

Try install this hotfix manually
if you can't install it in normal mode try install it in safe mode

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Every single time i try to start up my vaio laptop, it starts up but i can never get to my desktop. It also goes to please wait, configuring updates, and then it shuts down. This continuously goes on for hours at a time so i honestly do not think it is actually updating my laptop. someone please help me!!! I need it for school work!

Answer:Configuring updates error

I think that the Windows Vista/7 installation disc might fix this. I am not 100% sure but it's worth a shot.

Go to this link:

click on how do I use startup repair and follow those steps. It is the same for Vista and Seven.

To boot your computer using the CD: when you turn your computer on there should be a F_: Boot options text somewhere on the first screen, hit that key on your keyboard to boot from CD.

Another thing you could try is starting the computer in safe mode. This may or may not work. When your computer is booting up, hit F8 repeatedly.

Let us know what worked and what didnt work here

Hope this helps!

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Here is new thread with cab and screenshots. It should be noted that the update seemed to work after applying suggestions from NoelDP.
original post;
Asus All in One ET2410IUT Windows 7 64bit home premium. 9 security updates error message, "failed configuring windows updates - reverting changes" after installing and reboot. Tried several times with same result. Installed the updates one at a time and 8 of them worked. The "Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2962872)" is causing this problem. On shut down and reboot the computer goes threw this same loop each time.
ps. also ran the win repair tool.

Thank you for your help, joe jitzu

Answer:Help with win7 updates not configuring

We need the other data requested in Windows Update Posting Instructions as well - although I doubt that it will show too much in this instance

However, the SFC scan you ran was in the uploaded file - and showed that it had found and fixed one problem.

Line 8491: 2014-07-12 23:15:48, Info CSI 00000305 [SR] Repairing 1 components
Line 8492: 2014-07-12 23:15:48, Info CSI 00000306 [SR] Beginning Verify and Repair transaction
Line 8495: 2014-07-12 23:15:48, Info CSI 00000308 [SR] Repairing corrupted file [ml:520{260},l:72{36}]"\??\C:\Windows\Web\Wallpaper\Windows"\[l:16{8}]"img0.jpg" from store
Line 8508: 2014-07-12 23:15:48, Info CSI 0000030b [SR] Repair complete
... not exactly a critical problem .

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Hi, Booted my ACER notebook up this afternoon, and a message appeared for a few seconds (like a BIOS ? thing, white text on black screen). Only saw it for a couple of secs out of corner of eye and I don't know what it said. Carried on with the start up and the green Vista screen "configuring updates 3 of 3 etc" appeared for about 5 secs and then it went on to start normally. Apart from last weeks big update, which went through this configuring updates rigmarole I dont know why that message came up. All updates correct and the last one was just a normal "defender" update, and the PC has seen several boot sequencies since that was installed. Any ideas -- it all seems fine.

Answer:Configuring updates -- What just happened.

It's auto updated and all is well.

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My laptop is windows 7 pro

After downloading some updates, it tried to install them.

The machine tries to reboot. It gets to 35% and then says failure configuring updates, reverting changes and the shuts down to restart. This cycle continues endlessly.

Any help is appreciated

Answer:failure configuring updates

Try booting to Safe Mode, or using the Startup repair option.
Once you manage to get back into windows, start with following the Windows Update Posting Instructions and post the results.

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Last night, I shut down Windows and it installed some updates (3 I think). When my mum started the computer today, it gave the message stated in the topic title; three hours later and it was still doing so.

I booted into the Recovery Console, intending to run System Restore, but was told there wasn't enough disk space (The recovery console was installed by Fujitsu Siemens on a 2GB partition; my system partion has ~30GB free), so I tried the Repair Your Computer option, which told me that there were no problems (I suppose that, as far as it is concerned, the OS boots, so nothing is wrong). As a last resort, I went to the Command Prompt and tried sfc /scannow, but was informed that Windows couldn't complete the action.

At this point, I booted from the Fujitsu Siemens recovery disk (which gave me the option to Install or Repair), so I picked Repair and went through all of the steps above with the same responses.

Is there anything else I can try? I am reluctant to reinstall Windows, as I didn't have a chance to burn the Drivers DVD, so would need to manually find them after installation, but I will do it as a last resort.

My OS is Vista Home Basic

Answer:Configuring Updates: Stage 3 of 3: 0%

Doesn't matter, I just went ahead and did an install.

I unpacked the Drivers iso that was still on my machine (under Windows.old), and I now have Ethernet and Wi-Fi, just need to sort out my resolution (in the process of that now) and then install my software, and, of course, install the multitude of updates that have been released since Vista was first released.

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My computer came with windows vista home premium. It prompted me to restart to finish installing updates, so I did. It has been showing the screen "configuring updates: stage 3 of 3 - 100% complete" for HOURS now...I thought the computer simply froze so I force restarted it, but it led me to the same exact screen of "configuring updates". I then tried starting in safe mode, and that also led to the same screen....

There is no cancel option, I unfortunately don't have a CD/DVD for re-installation... It is still configuring as I type this thread from my netbook, and I really need my computer to work today...Can anyone please help?!?!?!?!

I thank you ahead of time!

Answer:Problem with Configuring Updates!

and now it's reverting changes???

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Every time my computer starts I get this error message that says configuring updates stage 3 of 3 0% and it goes to blue screen and reboots itself. I can start in safe mode but it will not let me restore to an earlier date. I have also tried rebooting from disk and repairing computer that way, no help either. What else can I do?

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How the **** do i opt out of these stupid updates that render my computer unusable when i start it back up? I don't care about the updates and i don't care about updating my soon to be replaced O.S. but it seems to be stuck on 15% and its just a damn blue screen. Picture attached. I am a gamer and my job is on a game and i am being held back from work right now to give you an idea of the importance, so i urgently require assistance!

Answer:Windows 8 Configuring Updates

Change Windows update settings to notify you of when updates are available and for you to manually install them..

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Hi all. I am having the same problem with vista stuck on configuring updates stage 3 of 3 0% then restarts. but when i start up and try to goto recovery it won't do anything. Like it doen't even recognize i'm hitting f11. Is there any other way to get the command prompt to open? I've tried making a vista boot disk and it won't even recognize it. please help. thanks

Answer:same problem with configuring updates

Hi and welcome to TSF you need to enter the bios and make the cd\dvd drive the first boot device, put the disc in and restart your computer and it should boot from it,try F2 on boot to get to the bios

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since yesterday, everytime I start windows, I get the message "Configuring Windows Updates 0% complete". I have to wait like 15 minutes then it says something like "Failure applying changes .. reverting".

What could be the problem ?


Answer:Configuring Windows updates 0%

hmm now it seems to work again ...

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when switching laptop off message saying configuring updates but does not do anything just hangs there any help with this would be great as it is doing my head in

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Does anyone know how to stop configuring updates because i am tired of my stupid anti virus saying that the program is broken after each update and when the update happens it stays at 3of3 0% then i have to go to safe mode restart computer then it doesent do the updates which i am tired of this..and i do not have the disk of the vista it came with my computer when i bought it.

Answer:Stop configuring updates

MS about it The update is not installed successfully, you receive a message, and the computer restarts when you try to install an update in Windows Vista and Windows 7

instead Vista DVD you can use special recovery disk Create a Recovery Disc

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Hi all. Hoping someone can
Dell laptop XPS M1210 running vista(crap) home premium edition. I've had it running well since disabling windows update. Only because I would always get a message that update failed. Then(since about June 15) while in Internet Explorer, I would get error messages.(can't remember what they were something like B79.exe...can't really remember or T84.exe) but I would close the box and continue using IE. Again error would show. A message would come up to check for a solution for the problem and I occasionally would click for a solution. It then would say no solution available. And it would suggest for me to try windows update. And so I did. And now the SOB seems to keep looping when I start up.(configuring updates please wait) When it first started, it said installing update 47 of 50. As mentioned, I had a better working laptop not using windows update because I always would get the message that update failed. Well after 5 hrs of trying all I know, still no luck. I've tried all the options available when pressing F8 at the right time. Still no luck.
This whole mess started after shutting my laptop off and trying to restart. Note: I do remember when looking at details of error that it had something like appcrash around the first line. Also, I was still able to navigate through IE.
Also, I do have the vista installation disk, but if I remember correctly, whenever I ran it, the only option was to reins... Read more

Answer:Configuring updates till no end

Thanks for your reply.
No, I don't have Sp1 installed. I've had it for about 2 years. It needed a new motherboard just after the first year.
Are you saying that the software experts designed such a crap system? What the hell were they thinking? This shouldn't happen even with a first release. Wake up Windows people!
Any other ideas or suggestions?
Sorry, it just bugs me and thanks.

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when ever i turn th computer on today, it says CONFIGURING UPDATES before it wil eventually go to th start sign in/log in screen. Why is this? It hasnt done it until today... will it keep doing it?? when i turn th desktop off it says its installing the updates, im confused... can i fix it?
Yes Im new to windows 7... & not very computa savvy LOL

Answer:confused... configuring updates

A lot of the updates require a reboot before the updates can be applied... Dont worry, this is normal...

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We download the above update on 2/14 and have been without a computer ever since. After several calls to tech support we were told that we had to go out and buy a new Vista disc as our original one is back home and we are in vacation in FL. We are seniors and living on a limited income and cannot afford to put all this time and money into something that Micro Soft caused.
After many, many calls to support with wait times up to 30 minutes (We only have a cell phone here and almost all our minutes are used up waiting for someone to come on the line, we were told that we were "high priority" and that they would call us on 2/17 between 11-2PM. We are on vacation and were suppose to go to Sea World (which we cancelled) and support never called. We called them back, got some represenative (who gave me a fake name and ID#) and told me that the wait time would be from 3-5 minutes. After waiting for 39 minutes I hung up and called back and was told that it was closed.

We are so frustrated and upset by the treatment that we are recieving we are cutting our vacation short to get back home to resolve this issue. If anyone knows of anyone that we can call and talk to or even an office that we can drive to and hand them our computer to fix it we would really appreciate the help.

Answer:Configuring updates 3 of 3 and support

Looks like you're going to have to do a complete Reformat/Reinstall, thats what i had to do after these updates. There are some guides in the tutorial section of how to do that.

Edit: You will need the original disk, or even just a disk.

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I just installed Vista 3 days ago, and It was working great! I then went to install some updates. I got all 60 or so at once and went from there. The system went to restart and sat at "configuring updates" for about 30 min, then "Shutting down" for another 30 before I decided to force reboot and system restore. Then I went back and started installing the updates at about 10 at a time. This worked, until I got to the last couple updates, and the same thing happened. On another computer I looked up the problem and Microsoft said to just let it sit until it's done, as it has to "uninstall language packs" or something. So I let it sit over night, and during school, and it had been about 16 hours. I decided it just needed help shutting down so i force rebooted and then it got stuck on "Configuring updates" after loading Windows. What am I supposed to do? I can't keep system restoring every time i install an update?!

My system: Vista Home Premium 32-bit; Intel Core 2 Quad E6600; nVidia GeForce 8800gt; ASUS P5N-E SLI Mobo; 4 gb Corsair Ram; Seagate 200 gb hdd; second 620 gb hard drive used for docs

Answer:Configuring updates 16+ hours?

You can use the Windows Installer CleanUp Utility in Safe Mode, to remove any specific Security update
Until you work out which one is causing the issue

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Hi, I recently purchased the Z580 and when I try to install updates it gets to 15% and then tells me "unable to configure updates, reverting back to previous settings". I was wondering if anyone else has had the same problem? I checked on the Lenovo website and there seemed to be a similar problem but with windows 7 not 8. Any help would be much appreciated.


Go to Solution.

Answer:Configuring updates for windows 8

Hi camverde and welcome to the forum!!Please take a look at this knowledgebase article, seems, nitro pdf is the culprit this helps!

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I run Vista Home Premium; virtually every time I turn on the pc I get a message saying 'configuring updates stage 1 of 3 do not turn off the computer' then shortly aftr 'updates were not configured properly, reverting changes'.

This whole process can take up to 10 minutes before the pc can be used.
Any advice - is ther a update which is causing the problem. i ahve abot 28 updates which have failed to load.


Answer:Configuring updates problems

Please run this small program then copy and paste the results here for the Tech's. This will help them help you better

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Hi, all

I run Windows Xp on my A200. How can I configure the Automatic Updates feature to prompt you before you download updates?


Answer:Re: Configuring the Automatic Updates


*To configure the Automatic Updates feature:*

1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
2. Click the Automatic Updates tab, and then click Notify me before downloading any updates and notify me again before installing them on my computer.

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I have a Lenovo H520s which would not configure windows 8 updates. Solution: Uninstall Nitro pdf software which is preinstalled as a trial. You can download Adobe which is free. Also my Lenovo would not run my office word 2007 CD. Solution: Uninstall the preinstalled trial software ( which is only entitled 'office' in the prpgramme list). Once you have got rid of this trial programme (I think it's office 2010) you can run the office word you already have.

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I don't know if anyone can help me or not. I've got an older 3000J, recently received a Adobe reader update and now my computer is looping on configurin updates 3 of 3 0% and shutting down. I don't know if this is a problem with Vista, Adobe, or Microsoft. All I know is that it has prevented me from booting up my computer Is there anything I can do short of buying a new computer or using Rescue and Recovery and restoring my computer to factory status. It won't let me start in Safe Mode or going to the las known good configuration. Any help would be appreciated.Thanks 

Answer:Looping on configuring updates 3 of 3 0%

Factory Restore Should help
Cheers !!!

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When booting up my lap top it gets to the window where it says "configuring updates 3 of 3 progress 0% do not shut off computer" then its says shutting down and the computer restarts its self and goes through the same thing over and over and over. How do I get past this? I have tried starting in safe mode as a well as booting from a disc, same thing still happens.

Answer:cant get past configuring updates

Press F8 before it starts to boot.
See if one of the options (other than safe mode) is "Last Known Good Configuration".
Try that.

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every time i boot my laptop with windows vista on says configuring updates for HOURS. it will never boot nor let me log in. even in safe mode i cant get it passed configuring updates. I try and restore the pc using the repair disc but it says no restore points have been made on this computer. I CANT reinstall windows i have way too many important files and programs on this laptop. ugh any fixes?

Answer:stuck on configuring updates

Have you tried the last known good configuration ?

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I have a desktop which I use strictly for gaming. It has Windows Vista Ultimate x64 SP 1. I decided today to put some updates on it, and unfortunately got the awesome "Configuring Updates: 3 of 3" issue where there is no progress, and it just reboots over and over.

First step I tried was to run in Safe Mode and use System Recovery. However, all three Safe Modes (Safe Mode, Safe Mode w/ Networking, and Safe Mode w/ Command Prompt) all still encounter the Configuring Updates issue (actually, it just skips right over saying "Configuring Updates" and just says "Shutting Down").

Next, I tried to download a Vista System Recovery Disk .iso, since before I started modding my desktop, it was a premade Dell. After successfully burning the .iso to a DVD-R, I put it in the tray and proceeded to start up the computer. I selected to boot up from my disk drive. It starts off fine, saying that Windows is loading files, but then it just goes to a light blue screen (the same screen that you get when asked to select the user and is not a blue error screen). I can move my mouse around, but there are no system recovery options or anything like that to choose from.

I do not have a Vista installation disk. Thanks Dell. Any tips?

Answer:(New/Maybe Different) Configuring Updates Problem

You may want to try these solutions
They usually work

How do I reset Windows Update components?
Description of the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista, for Windows Server 2008, for Windows 7, and for Windows Server 2008 R2
Cannot Update Windows using Windows Update

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I reformatted my PC as below
1-formatted and installed fresh vista ultimate 64bit
2-installed SP1 with standalone installer
3-installed SP2 with standalone installer
4-then went online and updated with windows update
but problem occured and freezes while configuring updates at stage 2
Any ideas to solve this problem please, greatly appreciated

Answer:Freezes during configuring updates,please help!

I'm not sure what the problem is with that. You should contact microsoft. Crashes like that are expected in Vista since a lot of people say it sucks.

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Hi, well yesterday in our area we were having storm issues and had a lot of brownouts, one the comp picked up as a surge issue and the motherboard shutdown to protect itself and had to go through the bios screen before rebooting where i also had the message that windows didn't shut down normally. A little while later the lights flickered again and the monitor briefly went off and back on so i decided to abandon comp work for the day until the winds died down, so I shut the system down and it decided to install 18 updates as it was shutting down. It managed to get to shut down without anymore brown outs occuring. I started up my comp this morning and it got up to configuring the updates reached 30% then the comp restarted itself then continued configuring the rest.
I checked my event log and it listed a few things, one being a kernal power shutdown which occurred a few seconds after something saying trustedinstaller had requested a restart for reason upgrade, which seemed odd. It also said that ie10 security update had failed, not sure i even have ie10 on my comp as i never use ie.
Is this something worrying or do some updates just do this while configuring?

Answer:Odd behaviour when configuring updates

Hi if you do not use internet explorer but have been running your updates regularly check which version you have if it is prior to IE 10 then the update would fail if it is ie 10 and you do not wish to use it you can turn it off How to turn Internet Explorer off - Microsoft Windows.
and yes some updated require a reboot

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My sons laptop
is currently stuck at the screen "Configuring updates: Stage 3 of 3 - 0% complete. Do not turn off your computer."
It has been like this over that last several hours or so. It keeps rebooting to the same screen like its in a loop.
I have turned it off and tried safe mode but it goes back to the same screen. Ran the diagnostics that came with the laptop and everything passed, no problems noted.
I have the reinstallation dvd for this laptop.
What do I need to do to attempt recovery of the OS and will any data he has be kept or will it be lost?
His computer is a Dell Inspiron 1525, 3 GB RAM, Windows Vista Home Premium, SP1 (maybe SP2), 32 bit.

Answer:Configuring Updates Fails

Try it a few more times. Only, once it gets stuck, just reboot it. Wait just a little bit when it does maybe 3-5 minutes. Eventually it will stop trying and load to original without the update.

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My sons laptop is currently stuck at the screen "Configuring updates: Stage 3 of 3 - 0% complete. Do not turn off your computer."
It has been like this over that last hour or so. It keeps rebooting to the same screen.
I have turned it off and tried safe mode, goes to the same screen.
I have the reinstallation dvd for this laptop.
What do I need to do to attempt recovery of the OS and will any data he has be kept or will it be lost?

Answer:Configuring Updates Fails

MS about it The update is not installed successfully, you receive a message, and the computer restarts when you try to install an update in Windows Vista and Windows 7 -METHOD I

because it is laptop and don't you have Vista DVD instead use Vista Recovery Disk
Create a Recovery Disc

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Hope somone can help me, my dell laptop with Vista OS is stuck on "Configuring updates stage 3 of 3 0% complete. It keeps restarting and coming back to this. I have left it for 2 days doing this then I have tried system repair and using my Vista Cd to repair with no luck. I tried to do a system restore but That was no help. Can I restore without lossing all my data and programs. Please Help

Answer:Vista stuck on configuring updates

Hi, try this open a command prompt by right click and choose run as administrator for Vista.

Updates are not installed successfully from Windows Update, from Microsoft Update, or by using Automatic Updates.

Open a command prompt and follow the instuctions:
Method 1: Register the Wups2.dll file in Windows
To register the Wups2.dll file in Windows, follow these steps:
Stop the Automatic Updates service. To do this, follow these steps:
Click Start, click Run, type cmd, and then click OK.
At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
net stop wuauserv
Register the Wups2.dll file. To do this, follow these steps:
At the command prompt, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
regsvr32 %windir%\system32\wups2.dll
Note For a computer that is running Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, type the following command, and then press ENTER:
regsvr32 %windir%\syswow64\wups2.dll
Click OK on each verification message that you receive.
Start the Automatic Updates service. To do this, type the following command at the command prompt, and then press ENTER:
net start wuauserv
Exit the command prompt. To do this type exit, and then press ENTER.

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Computer keeps restarting itself and every time there`s a message "Configuring updates 3 of 3 0% complete. Do not turn off your computer".
It will restart itself a few times with the same message and then after a few restarts nothing happens. The computer is on but windows will not start up.

It`s windows vista home.

Answer:windows stuck on configuring updates

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Here is what is going on:I am running a triple boot system and have just completed installing XP, all updates, and applications. Now I am in the midst of getting Vista Ultimate installed but initally was getting a Code 52 error, when I installed Office 2007 the error disappeared and I was able to update Vista and Office with the exception of these three update which would initally say they were downloaded and installed and then on the reboot configuring after rebooting it would say that these updates were not configured properly and would revert them. I have tried to download them earliest to lastest still same problem occuring. Have deleted all temp files and cookies still nothing.

These are the three update that will not configure correctly.

A software update is available for the Windows Vista installation components
A June 2008 update is available for the Windows Vista Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)
An October 2008 update is available for the Windows Vista Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP)

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I have been watching Windows updates loop through stage 3 for the nth time, it never ends. I have also tried to do a system restore but it also hung at 'finalizing file restore' as well. I am using Vista Home Premium 32 Bit. Any suggestions?

Answer:Configuring updates Hangs at Stage 3 of 3

There are several things you could try. If you have a Windows Vista install disk you could try a System Repair which is different to a system restore that you have already tried. The instructions for carrying out different procedures in an attempt to solve your problem are here enter link description here

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Configuring updates: Stage 3 of 3 -0% complete.
Do not turn off your computer.

Answer:Configuring updates stage 3 of 3 -0% complete.

Hello tammywoolhouse and welcome to the forums

Can you boot into safe mode with networking for me please:

Advanced Boot Options

Then from safe mode, can you copy and paste the contents of the following logs for me please:

C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CheckSUR.persist.log (If it isn't there, then don't worry about it)

This will give us a little more information on these problematic updates


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I have already succesfully downloaded the updates and my computer turned itself off last night. This morning i turn it on and seems to be taking longer than usual. (it has even frozen before.) So i turned it off right as i saw it was not frozen, cuz the vista sign was coming up, but it was to late. So I booted up the computer right away and every thing was working fine. I started it in normal mode rather than safe or the other options because, i usually put it in normal mode and it works fine. Now it is configuring updates and is at 3 of 3 100% and has been like that for a while. Like at least an hour now prob. It also says "Do not turn off your computer". But maybe that would help and restart it in safe mode? IDK Someone please help! PLEASE!

Answer:Windows Vista configuring updates

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It started March 29th (last Sunday)

After logging out I got a message, "Configuring Updates Stage 3 of 3 - DO NOT TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER"
So I set my laptop aside for the night. The next morning I realized it was in a continual loop: Configuring updates stage 3 of 3 - 0% complete. Do not turn off your computer. After 10 secs. it was 100% complete and then it would shut down. After 30 seconds it was the blue screen giving me the choice of safemode / safemode command prompt/ safemode w/ networking / Launch Start-up Repair (recommended) or start windows normally. I tried all 5 (several times) to no avail. Sup?

Thanks for your help,

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This has become a daily ritual...

At 8pm every night, my system shuts down. Sometimes I catch it and delay it 4 hours but other miss the warning.
It takes about 8-10 minutes to get back to where I was before the shutdown.

"Shutting Down"
"Starting Windows"
"Failure configuring Windows updates"
"Reverting Changes"
"Don't shut off your computer"
Shuts down and reboots
"Starting Windows - please wait"
Then it is back up.

When I shut it down for the night - about 10 minutes

"Please do not power or unplug your machine"
"Installing updates 1 of 9, 2 of 9...

Power up in the morning - 4 to 5 minutes

"Starting Windows"
"Preparing to configure"
"Failure configuring Windows Updates"
"Reverting Changes"
"Do not shut down your computer"
"Shutting down computer"
"Starting Windows"
"Please wait"
"Preparing to configure Windows"
"Configuring Windows"

Is there anything I can do to end this?

Answer:Failure configuring Windows Updates

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I am having Windows Vista Bussiness Serv pack1 installed on my laptop. Whenever i restart my laptop this message always display 'configuring updates stage 3 0f 3 - 0% complete. After few minutes it disappear and laptops works normally.

How can i get rid of this message to appear everytime during start.


Answer:Configuring Updates stage 3 0f 3 - 0% complete.

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hi, I have a Windows 7 hp pavilion desktop, Windows 7 (i think pro). Today went to install the latest updates and it won't finish. It restarted but has been stuck 2 hours now at the Dont turn off screen. My hard drive doesn't seem to be doing anything. I moved not long ago and not sure where my install disc is.

Does it matter that I unplugged the ethernet cable?


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I have a HP Pavilion DV6000 Notebook with Vista Home Premium SP2 that has 2 problems:

1. There are 24 updates available but will not configure properly and reverts to original settings after rebooting.
2. Restarting from the Start Menu shuts down by does not restart - needs to be turned on manually.

Answer:Vista updates not configuring properly

Are you sure you did not interrupt the computer when windows prompt you to restart and is installing/configuring on boot-up? Try going to safemode and choose startup repair or go here ->

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Hi, I am a computer technician for a third party support company. I have been faced with an issue that I can not seem to resolve and would like to avoid the route of doing a clean install of the system.

I have come across a computer that is stuck on bootup configuring Windows updates. I have done a large amount of research plus my own methods and have still yet to come up with a solution and was wandering if anyone could provide some sort of insight, anything would be much appreciated.

Answer:Vista stuck configuring updates.

Does it boot in safe mode? If it does then I think you can clear out any pending updates from the command prompt. Let me know if it does boot and I'll try and track down the fix for you - I had a similar problem not long ago but can't remember the exact procedure!.

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I am running W7 Starter on a Compaq 110 netbook. The setup is fairly standard in terms of software. Recently W7 has not been able to configure its updates. I get the error message "Failed to configure reverting (reversing) update...) The problem seemed to begin when I activated a version of MS Ofc that comes with W7 Strtr and it updated. I have uninstalled that version of Ofc and used System Restore to backtrack but no luck. Otherwise, the system works fine, but I need the updates.ghro

Answer:Windows 7 Updates not configuring properly

"but I need the updates"Try the updates 1 at a time, occasionally trying more than 1.

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I just got my Lenovo Ideapad Y500 back from Lenovo today after it needed its hard drive and motherboard replaced. I turned it on, set it up, and spent a couple hours downloading and installing things, as well as transferring files and uninstalling all the freeware that came with it. I accidentally uninstalled Realtek (my sound driver) and tried reinstalling, but no devices would appear in my sound configuration settings. In any case, I tried restarting and Windows started downloading updates. It had 108 total, and after two hours it finally finished downloading them and then said "configuring updates, don't turn off your laptop" or something to that effect. After a few minutes it said "Failure configuring Windows update. Reverting changes. Do not turn off your computer." Then after a few minutes of doing that it restarted and now it's stuck on that screen. When I try restarting, the Lenovo icon appears, the screen goes black, then it turns blue and flashes the "configuring updates" screen for a second before immediately returning to "Failure configuring Windows update. Reverting changes. Do not turn off your computer." I've tried restarting multiple times and this is all that happens now. What should I do? I cannot access any other part of Windows to my knowledge, and I don't know how to access safe mode while starting up, f8 doesn't do anything. Help, please!

Answer:Stuck configuring updates on new laptop

Lenovo is finicky that way, at boot you must repeatedly tap F8 to get into Safe Mode.

Once in, select a restore point prior to getting those updates.

108 updates is to much at a time to install, do it in batches of 5

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Hello Everyone.

I did a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate x64

after installed 33 updates, pressed restart after the updates installed

now im stuck on configuring windows updates at 15%

it wont progress any further, what can I do to fix this? please help!

Answer:Stuck on Configuring Windows Updates

Turn off computer and wait a while and turn it on again - sometimes it work -if not,you have to boot in safe mode and restore system,if unable to boot in safe mode too you have to boot installation disc and from this level restore system

More details how to restore system:System Restore

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My new lenovo Z500 had 108 updates to install when i got it and when i search for updates it shows no progress on the downloading bar in windows update, it seems this isnt a problem as I now "only" have 67 to do, however after 1 batch of successful updates i now cannot get past 15% configuring updates, after about an our my laptop says reverting changes and finally loads but isnt updated, what can i do about this before i have to return this item as not functional?  I have trying disabling the nalperion licencing process issue i found on browsing this forum but that hasnt helped, and the update troubleshooter finds no issues

Answer:Z500 stuck at configuring updates

Alex5455 wrote:My new lenovo Z500 had 108 updates to install when i got it and when i search for updates it shows no progress on the downloading bar in windows update, it seems this isnt a problem as I now "only" have 67 to do, however after 1 batch of successful updates i now cannot get past 15% configuring updates, after about an our my laptop says reverting changes and finally loads but isnt updated, what can i do about this before i have to return this item as not functional?  I have trying disabling the nalperion licencing process issue i found on browsing this forum but that hasnt helped, and the update troubleshooter finds no issuesThere might be some corrupted system files so try this under command prompt with admin rights: sfc /scannow If the checker cannot make the repair of the errors found do this under command prompt with admin rights: Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth You must be connected to the internet to perform the dism command and note the space for each /switch command. Thereafter a reboot is needed.

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Hi. I'm trying to download some basic updates to Windows 8 (I have 11 to be installed), but my PC (a self-build) won't finish installing them. Once the download is complete and I restart, I get the message, 'Failure configuring Windows updates. Reverting changes. Do not try to turn off your computer.'

I've tried the steps listed at (aside from system restore), and none of them have had any effect. My Windows 8 HAS been authenticated.

I've Googled the problem and tried a few things, including the video at the bottom of this post, but nothing's working. Any help would be appreciated.

I'll be out of the country and away from my home PC until this Friday, so won't be able to try any solutions until then.

How to Fix: "Failure configuring Windows updates. Reverting changes." - YouTube

Answer:'Failure configuring Windows updates'

Aside from the System Restore? Meaning did you try it or not? Also did you try the Fixit from Microsoft? Fixit

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I have a friend which has Vista, just installed SP1 ( I know a bit behind), now they get a message every time they boot "configuring updates stage 3 0f 3 - 0% complete" After few minutes it disappears and laptop boots into Vista.

I know about the reboot loop issue, but this one appears to boot, just the delay and the message.

The pending xml has been deleted, but the message continues.

I am thinking of installing SP2, but am hesitant to do so.

Anyone ever seen this behavior before? What to do.

Thanks to all who reply.

Answer:configuring updates stage 3 0f 3 message

I would do a system restore from before the update and then try again. It is not installed properly.

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For a while now (several months) I am having trouble installing windows updates. An example:

Error Code 800F0922 when installing a safetyupdate (KB2736693) for Microsoft.NET framework 3.5 on windows 8 and windows server 2012 for x64-systems.
But then when installing a different safetyupdate (KB2742616) it doesn't give me an error.
I also get error configuring updates from time to time after I update while restarting or shutting down.
I think the problem has something to do with writing permissions, because I can't install microsoft office 2010 either. When trying to install microsoft office it only installs it partially, after which it says that I don't have the privileges to write something to my E drive.

Any help would be appreciated!


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I recently reinstalled my ASUS Laptop. But now I'm having trouble installing Windows Updates.
It tries to install the following updates:
KB2756872 (Update foor Windows 8 for x64-systems (169,9MB))
KB2770917 (Update foor Windows 8 for x64-systems (142,6MB))
KB2779768 (Update foor Windows 8 for x64-systems (59,8MB))

When my laptops needs to get restarted it gives an 'Failure Configurating Windows Updates'
My PC can still boot normally but it won't want to install the updates.
I tried install them 1 per 1. But that didn't work.
I got a log file on my desktop here it is:
windowsupdate.log -
OutputReport.txt -

Please help me because this irritates me a lot.

Answer:Failure configuring Windows Updates

Do you have any 3rd party anti virus installed ? if so, disable it and try to run updates again

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I've been having ongoing problems with the latest updates for vista. The installation fails. (KB948609, KB944036 and KB936330 which is SP1) Yesterday I downloaded a registry cleaner (Uniblue) and ran it, then I restored the settings and attempted to uninstall it. That failed too (error message: The InstallAware wizard for Uniblue RegistryBooster 2009 has failed "Fatal error during installation." Please check your settings and try again.

I tried restarting the computer, but now it won't boot up. It keeps getting stuck at "Configuring Updates 3 of 3 0% complete.`It displays this for a moment and then shuts down again, gets to this point again, shuts down again, etc. Once I got to the screen that displays the user names, but then it shut down again.

Any suggestions?


Answer:Computer won't boot: configuring updates

Update on this: I just called Acer's support centre and they had me try a system recovery. This failed and they told me the error code that came meant that the update had corrupted my hard drive. I now need to buy a new hard drive and I guess an OS.

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When I was shutting down my laptop it automatically began some sort of update. the screen reads 'configuring windows updates 27% complete do not turn off your computer'. its been stuck like this since yesterday, it would pause when the batter dies yet resumes when it has power. i want to stop it but not harm laptop, its sort of new. It is a windows 7 starter. please help!

Answer:Configuring windows updates stuck at 27%

plug it into power and try and let it finish.....there are some large updates.If that may have to boot into safe mode and remove the updates.

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Today I decided to update and once I reset they began installing until 30%, where the message changed to shutting down without actually crashing until 30 minutes later. After I turned my PC on again it just continued from the 30% and completed without any more problems.

Answer:DRIVER_POWER_STATE_FAILURE while configuring windows updates

I wonder why people ignore the instructions at the top of the page, explaining what information to supply when seeking help with a BSOD? Maybe the instructions are too complicated?

Attachment 351959

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i did a system restore to factory setting and i try to install updates but it fail.i had 146 updates after the install part i got 96 updates 50 updates were succesful but 96 were failed all of them are about windows 7 i am going to install 8 at a time to see if that work wish me luck. see you on the other side also error 800F0826

Answer:failure configuring windows updates

If you're going to install Windows 8 anyhow - why ask for support for Windows 7?
If you actually want to fix Win7...

Please follow the Windows Update Posting Instructions and post the requested data
If the file is too large (8MB compressed), remove the older CBSPersist cab files until the final file is below the limit - you can always post them separately after zipping them. (the forum doesn't allow the upload of bare CAB files, for a number of reasons)

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Hello everyone.

Recently I have beend installing updates on my PC that runs on Windows 7 Ultimate. Three days ago it was rebooting as usual but then this erros message shows up " Failure configuring Windows updates. Reverting changes. Do not turn off your computer ". So as recommended I didn't turn off the computer and just waited. After a while I went to bed and left my PC on overnight to see if the problem would be solved by the morning. It wasn't so I just pressed the power button for 5 seconds and restarted my PC. Since then I haven't been able to acces anything since it just stays on that error for hours.

Starting up in safe mode doesn't solve anything.
I've read somewhere that pressing F8 before the Windows logo shows up brings up a booting menu where I can choose some repair option. When I press F8 I just get a windows where I can pick 2 options which I guess is the hard drive and something else, but that does't solve my problems. I also don't own any sort of repair discs or flash drives.

Any help would be apreciated.

If something isn't clear enough just ask and I will try my best to explain myself (English isn't my native language).

Thanks in advance

Answer:Failure configuring Windows updates

Hi, if you can boot to safe mode do so and in advanced boot options you should see a option "repair your computer", if not I am afraid you will need a copy of the OS dvd (could you borrow one), the repair your computer option (RE) allows you to access a command prompt, from this we can fix your problem, you need to boot from the dvd and go past the language setup and select the second option which is "repair your computer"

select command prompt, at the x sources prompt type:-

bcdedit | find "osdevice" (exactly as shown here, the | is called a "pipe" and can be found above the \ key). It will return an OS partition drive letter (usually C:) use whatever drive letter you see in the following commands, will will assume C:.

At the x\: sources> prompt, type:-

C: (press enter) next type:-

cd C:\windows\winsxs (press enter).

Next type:- ren pending.xml pending.old (press enter).

Next Type:- regedit (press enter)


On the File menu, click Load Hive

The select hive location will open, browse to C:\windows\system32

Locate the following folder: C:\windows\system32\config\components, (the one that say's simply "components") click to select.

When you are prompted for a name, type:- Offline

In Registry Editor,you will now see a key "Offline" expand the + & locate and then delete the following registry subkeys:-

HKLM\Offline \AdvancedIns... Read more

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I am getting slightly mad here

I have installed the updates for the above, both with automatic updates on and off.

It gets to 15% then fails

How do i get them to configure

PLEASE PLEASE any suggestions


Answer:Failure configuring updates - windows 8 (not pro)

Same problem here, 15% then fail. Updates KB2769165 and KB2770917. I have Windows 8 Pro.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3330 CPU @ 3.00GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8063 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, -1984 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 940980 MB, Free - 823009 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0XR1GT
Antivirus: Bitdefender Antivirus, Updated and Enabled

Hi,I'm using Windows 8 and for the last 3 or 4 months it will freeze during updates. I have 35 updates and it will get to 19 and freeze or sometimes it will complete updates then it will try and configure updates, get to 98% then say Failure to configure updates reverting changes.

Answer:Windows 8 updates and configuring problems

Have you tried installing them a few at a time? Sometimes I can get faster installs of updates installing 2 or 3, then 2 or 3 more.

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This morning, July 31, I started a restart of my computer. During the normal shutdown the notice that the system was installing Microsoft updates came up that three updates were going to be installed.

For over six hours my Windows Vista Home Edition software has been in an endless loop that starts with a message on the screen that states:

Configuring updates: Stage 3 of 3 - 0% complete, Do Not Turn Off Computer.

I have tried to start in safe mode with networking and the same message appears and the endless loop process starts all over again.

Is there a way to stop this process? If so how?

Answer:Configuring updates endless loop

You should try this:

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I had a message to restart my Toshiba computer and now it keeps restarting and is stuck in "configuring update 3 of 3 0% complete" mode. What can I do?

Answer:Vista OS stuck in configuring updates 3 of 3

If you are trying to install Vista SP1 (RC) it will restart a few times, let it, and it does take quite a long time to install.

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hi, I'm trying to turn my laptop on but it keeps shutting itself down and restarting with the message: ' Configuring updates. 3 of 3 0% complete'
It then shuts itself down again and goes back to that message.

I'm desperate to get a file off my laptop but this just won't stop happening. What on earth can I do? Any help is GREATLY received!

Thank you so much

Answer:Configuring updates - in perpetual loop

Can you start your notebook in safe mode (F8 at start-up > safe mode option)?

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I recently just tried to install some Windows Updates. It downloads them and seems to install them fine, but when I restart is when things start going sour. I get to the initial "Configuring Windows Updates..." screen fine before it restarts, but on the next "Configuring..." screen after reboot my computer blue screens right around 30%. I honestly don't have any clue what could be causing this as other updates have installed perfectly fine before.

Answer:BSOD While Configuring Windows Updates

Hello an welcome Anthraxe mate system restore to just before the updates were done and then set the updates to let me know when available and let me choose which to download.

When that happens just do them two or three at a time (untick all except for two or three) once the machine baulks again then you have found the problem child.

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I have FINALLY built my new PC and I have not gotten the driver updates for all the hardware yet. I am having trouble recognizing my two SLI videocards, 5.1 Soundcard, monitor, and Playing DVD's in the ROM drives. Will the updates fix a majority of these problems? Because They are showing that the computer can see them it is just not using them to thier full potential. What do you think?

Answer:Driver Updates & Configuring Hardware

Without the proper drivers those devices will not work properly, once you install the drivers then Windows will know what to do with them and they should then be fully functional.

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I had a problem with the September updates and with the July updates. All updates seem to be installed and then the computer has to be restarted. The "Windows Updates being Configured" is OK and then reboot and "Windows Starting". But then the display becomes black and nothing more seems to happen. After about half an hour there seems to be no more disk activity. Then I wait for another hour and still nothing more happens. Then I have to turn off the computer and let it reboot. Then it seems to be a normal Windows startup.

1. What can I do to avoid this problem at the next patch tuesday?
2. There was no "Configuring Windows" after this reboot. Does it matter?

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1
HP Pavilion g6 Notebook PC
Intel Core i7-3612 QM CPU

Best regards
Sven Ingvar J?nsson

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So i just upgraded windows vista to Windows 7 Ultimate 32Bit so i had lots of updates i needed to install

So i clicked on install, it downloaded and then installed them asking for a restart, i did it, it installed updates then shut down then rebooted, on the reboot it said Configuring Windows updates and went up to 15% and then Failure Configuring Windows Updates, Reverting Changes and then it shuts down, boots back up says Configuring your Computer, and then its just normal and when i login the updates are not installed and it tells me that i have the same number of updates available

Update History

I have tried resetting Windows Updates but it didn't work, please help

Answer:Failure configuring windows updates

Please run this one MS Fix MS Fix it 50202 in Aggressive mode.If it don't help too,please click on any error,read details and post here

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My first post to this listserve, and thank you for sharing time/expertise to help others.
I found this listserve when reading posts, on Malwarebites about similar problem (same problem?) I am having, to wit:
-Have Toshiba laptop (circa 2008 or so) (sans battery, but with power cord) running Vista - and I assume is a 32bit os, but not sure on that point (Made my assumption during a "tour" of safe mode when I saw reference to "system32").
-The problem started when I used the recovery disk from Toshiba to do a clean install.  After running the clean install disk, the computer (on its own) started downloading updates from Microsoft - I believe I recalled seeing a screen at one point showing "...installing update 4 of [in the 90s]..."
-At some later time, I saw screen show message similar to "... don't turn off computer..." - but that message stayed on for more than 24 hours, and thinking it was stuck, I did turn off machine and then restarted, which resulted in a screen showing the "... configuring updates..." message - which nevers goes away.
-I then went searching for fix.  Found Malwarbites and read posts from Maurice trying to help someone with similar problem, then found a February 13, 2013, post from Maurice on BleepingComputer to Sheila, on similar problem, suggesting a fix involving use of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool - and so I did download that Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (downloaded on a different computer) onto a thumbdrive an... Read more

Answer:Need help stopping "configuring updates ..." loop

Start your system from the recovery disc.
Select Repair Options and then Command Prompt.
Type in the following commands, pressing Enter after each one:
cd windows/winsxs
del pending.xml
Close the command prompt and restart your system.

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I did a factory re install on my Lenovo G585 laptop which came with Windows 8. Everything went well and I was going to do the Windows updates so that I could install the Windows 8.1 update. I restarted and before the computer finished booting it started bringing in updated, then at 98% I got a message that said "Failure configuring Windows updates Reverting changes Do not turn off your computer" That was 6 hours ago and all that's happened since is that message is on the screen and the spinning dot ball is spinning next to it. Please Help! what do I do now?

Answer:failure configuring Windows Updates...

Hi Len,

This has happened to me before as well, just power down your computer and try again.

This link may also help you!


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Some automatic microsoft downloads have created a problem. When I booted up I got the message "Configuring updates Stage 3 of 3 - 87% complete". Then the computer [Vista system] closes itself down and restarts and the same thing happens - repeatedly.It never moves beyoond 87%. I turned off the pc manually and restarted in 'Safe Mode', but this made no difference.Anyone got any ideas what I can do please?Thanks.

Answer:Configuring Microsoft Updates-Problems

Control Panel, System, Advanced system settings, Startup and Recovery, Settings, uncheck Automatically restart, check Write an event...OK, Apply, OK.

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