Vista Endless Update Blues (Cure)


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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