Vista Endless Update Blues (Cure)

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I’ve found that Windows updates often are examples of the cure being worse than the disease. Accordingly, I’ve configured Windows Updates not to install automatically. Rather, I install the updates manually.

Weekend are when I do routine housecleaning; on my computers that is. I decided it was time to update one of my Tablet PCs. I went to Windows Update. I chose the updates that seemed important. They installed. I was prompted to restart. I did. The tablet rebooted. On startup, I saw a configuring updates screen like the picture.

So far so normal. The percentage went to 95%. The tablet rebooted. Then history repeated itself. Again, and again, and again. Like the movie Groundhog Day.

Luckily I have other computers. I googled this issue. There was no shortage of hits. That was comforting; misery loves company. How To: Get Windows Vista SP1 out of “Configuring Updates Stage 3 of 3 0%” infinite loop” was particularly helpful. But perhaps most helpful was Microsoft: The update is not installed successfully, you receive a message, and the computer restarts when you try to install an update in Windows Vista. This is only fair since Microsoft caused the problem. I used Method 2. However, some desperate souls have had to resort to Method 3. Whatever works.

I just love Vista … in my rear view mirror. Can’t wait until Windows 7.

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