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Question: Windows update went bad, now my PC is stuck in endless updating cycle My Windows Vista laptop downloaded some Windows automatic updates and the third update never updated properly.

Now my computer is stuck in a cycle of trying to update then shutting down and restarting. Here are some featured member answers to get you started, butplease read all the advice and suggestions that ourmembers have contributed to this question. message ID=3151693#3151693 This should work --Submitted by The Salem Cat

Just insert your Vista disk, press any key to boot from CD when prompted, and follow the dialogue to start a System Repair. See: would be helpful to know what update is causing the problem.

You may have to reinstall some programs, but your old user profiles and all of your data will be preserved in a new file on your C: drive called "Windowsold" or something along those lines. If you are able to restore to a point previous to the problematic update, immediately go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Restore, and create a new Restore Point. Occasionally the Restore Points get wiped out, even when there is plenty of Hard Drive space for them, and System Restore is enabled. But one way to get around the problem would be to boot into safe mode, then go to the security center in the control panel and turn off windows automatic updates.

I'm not sure I trust them as they have told me this 8 times before. Once the computer is shut down then bring it back up in safe mode.

They tell me this one is the real thing and will solve all my problems. Shutdown your computer the hard way, press and hold the power button for four seconds.

PLaces like Geek will do it for a fixed rate and will do it while on the phone with you.

Tell them about the problem and see if they can fix it. If they can't you may have to contact Microsoft themselves and have them fix the problem Thanks all for the many seemingly workable responses, but, in some cases, at least mine, you cannot access safe mode, cannot repair and cannot do any of the usual escapes.

It sounds good to do all the usual things but whatever update 3 was, it would nor repair, allow safe mode boot or start anything in a normal mode.

There is an unknown error and it seems Microsoft is the last to respond, as usual.

Just go to control panel, security center and select the option Ask before installing updates.

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