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Q: after automatic ms update, system goes into boot loop

the system is a panasonic cf-30 toughbook, with win xp sp2, the prob started after a office worker allowed the auto updates to install, the system went into a repetitive reboot. then they decided to boot into safe mode and choose a restore point from before update. that worked, but now the ms sql server 2005 wont start, the errors are "package microsoft sql management sudio failed to load,then the sql screen disappears. When i got there, i checked the services running and notice the donet 2.0 is failing and the sql reporting service wont start, even when manually started. further to this i tried to remove or repair the dontnet and got a setup error that it encountered a prob during setup then shuts down. I dont want to reinstall everything but it does not look good, any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Preferred Solution: after automatic ms update, system goes into boot loop

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After an automatic windows update 4 days ago, my Dell Inspiron 1501 keeps saying it is configuring the third of 3 updates, then immediately shuts down, reboots, and goes through the same loop again and again. I have tried system repair and system restore, but neither fixed it. I saw on some geek sites that this is not an uncommon problem, but the suggested fixes mentioned above didn't solve it. Any suggestions would be very welcome.

A:continuous reboot loop after automatic update

When you restore system:Hold & Stop Windows Update service
and try use any alternative tool for update-for example Offline Update

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Just reinstalled windows 8, loaded everything up and had it perfect. Then I installed a windows update (could it have been 8.1?) and then my computer would not boot. It got stuck on the windows 8 logo with the circle just spinning. After I restart it tries to automatically repair but that doesn't work. I popped the win8 disc in and tried to do a system restore using a restore point but it said "You need to select an OS. Please restart the system and select an OS". ??? I'm not dual booting! Win8 is the only OS installed!

Tried safe mode but the windows logo just hangs. Help? Any possibilities to salvage this before doing yet ANOTHER reinstall or refresh or whatever.

Thanks everyone

A:automatic repair loop. Can't boot. Can't do anything.

Just unlplugged all HDD except ssd where win8 lives, and switched the 1 stick of ram in Dimm slot 1 to 3, using a new stick. It booted right up and into win8. ARGH! what's the deal?

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Could someone help me please? I have an ASUS x202e notebook PC that boots to the "Preparing Automatic Repair". After sitting on the pretty blue screen for about a minute (or so) it goes straight to the Choose an Option screen. I have tried everything under the sun including chkdsk c:\r and sfc /scannow, bootrec.exe options from RE cmd prompt. There are no system restore points . When attempting to Refresh or Reset it goes through the motions yet fails and say "Unable to Refresh/Reset the PC".

Unfortunately, the owner (my son) did not create the Recovery USB. sigh....... kids!

I am in the process of trying to access the Recovery Partiton through the cmd prompt. this is what I have done so far:

There is tons more in the cmd prompt window. I am hoping someone is familiar enough with the rest of it so I won't have to keep typing.

Any help is most appreciated.

Thank you,

A:W8 Automatic Repair loop - failed/corrutpted W10 update

Create a recovery USB from this recovery zip file | My Onedrive

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(Posting the same as on Eightforums as I didn't get any response there :/ )

(Mom's computer is Windows 7 whilst mine the acer has Windows 8)

Yet again I have problems with my Laptop (Acer 5755G)

Anyways here's what I did, I replaced the 2 gb ram stick with a 4 gb, for a total of 8 instead of six, now the new stick was a Kingston HyperX SODIMM 1600mhz CL9 204-pin.

So after I replaced the 2 gb with the new one I tried booting up the laptop, and it went directly to automatic repair, now I figured this had to do with the new ram but the screen just went black, I could move the cursor but it stayed like that for 30 minutes, tried rebooting several times with no progress.

So today I've just been trying to make a bootable usb/hdd but none of my usb's or harddrives work....
The windows 7 usb/dvd tool won't even recognize the original ISO downloaded from the microsoft site as a ''Valid Iso file''

And since when you're creating a bootable usb it has to be FAT32, so I connected a harddrive partitioned it with 8gb and set the fs to fat32, the usb/dvd tool won't even recognize that as a portable media either.

So now, I've been trying to extract the Iso file into the external hdd partition but it took forever, I guess since my mom's computer is an ancient relic of a computer.
I also connected the SSD to a sata controller from another portable hdd but got the message ''Drive I: needs to be formatted before you can use it'' and then a ''I:\ is not accesible.... Read more

A:Automatic Repair loop, laptop won't boot!

Kingston Tech Support is very good and will swap out the RAM if it isn't spec'd correctly, or help you get the seller to do so. Otherwise make sure it's spec'd precisely which can be double-checked with Crucial System Scanner software to find out what type of memory is in your computer.

You may need to replace the other stick to resolve the problem and so you can run the scanner.

If not then use the Win7 installer System Recovery Options to run Startup Repair which should automate System Restore if it finds nothing else. If not run it from the options list.

You can use UltraISO Software To Create Bootable USB Flash Drive which always works when the others don't.

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(Mom's computer is Windows 7 whilst mine the acer has Windows 8)

Yet again I have problems with my Laptop (Acer 5755G)

Anyways here's what I did, I replaced the 2 gb ram stick with a 4 gb, for a total of 8 instead of six, now the new stick was a Kingston HyperX SODIMM 1600mhz CL9 204-pin.

So after I replaced the 2 gb with the new one I tried booting up the laptop, and it went directly to automatic repair, now I figured this had to do with the new ram but the screen just went black, I could move the cursor but it stayed like that for 30 minutes, tried rebooting several times with no progress.

So today I've just been trying to make a bootable usb/hdd but none of my usb's or harddrives work....
The windows 7 usb/dvd tool won't even recognize the original ISO downloaded from the microsoft site as a ''Valid Iso file''

And since when you're creating a bootable usb it has to be FAT32, so I connected a harddrive partitioned it with 8gb and set the fs to fat32, the usb/dvd tool won't even recognize that as a portable media either.

So now, I've been trying to extract the Iso file into the external hdd partition but it took forever, I guess since my mom's computer is an ancient relic of a computer.
I also connected the SSD to a sata controller from another portable hdd but got the message ''Drive I: needs to be formatted before you can use it'' and then a ''I:\ is not accesible. Data error (cyclic redundancy check).

So if anyone got any tips don't hesitate to post, I'll ... Read more

A:Automatic Repair loop, laptop won't boot!

So I went to buy a new USB drive at the store because I needed one, and it's completely new and I get permission denied (!!!!)
Does anyone know what the problem is here???

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I just bought a new Envy m7 n011dx with Windows 8.1 loaded on it from image, for my church. After I entered my information the first thing it did was ask me to install Win10, which I wanted. But it keeps choking on the video drivers, and I can't stop MS from updating them, and I can't be certain what is happening. HP Assistent is giving me one version automatically, MS is giving me another version, automatically, and NVidia Experiance is giving me something else automatically, and I am happily trying to force the drivers I got from NVidia that are the most current of all. If I remove the Intel and Nvidia drivers in Device Manager I can get it to boot into Windows, but then all the stupid auto vid updaters start cranking and I need to reboot to finish their install -- Automatic Repair comes up and doesn't repair anything. The only thing I can do is Safe mode and remove the Intel and Nvidia drivers, which starts the cycle over.  I feel I am missing a step here, and neither HP, NVidia, Intel, nor Microsoft are telling me that I can't have Windows 10 with these hardware pieces.

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I was working in Office 2013 and system became unresponsive. Attempted to reboot but now I have the dreaded automatic repair loop running as soon as I boot up. I have run the repair item for over half a day and still not working.Cant get an option to run in safe mode or anything. I have my windows 8.1 disk but dont want to risk losing all the stuff I have on my hard disk - holiday pics, spreadsheets, the works.

Anyone help???



A:PC wont boot, goes straight to automatic repair loop

Try booting into safe mode via your disk and try from there automatic repair

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My laptop is in a constant auto repair loop, I have tried just about every troubleshoot I've found via google and youtube, defaulting the bios doesn't working, the 'hold power button for 10,15, 30,60 secs' doesn't work. I dont have a windows boot disk as my laptop didn't come with one. I cannot get to the option to do a system restore, I can;t afford to get a windows boot disk and I don't have anyway of putting it on a usb and booting from there. I don't know what else to do as no forums are helpful for my problem.

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Since upgrading to windows 8/8.1 x64 i have twice had this situation when during boot up windows tries automatic repair & fails , every time i restart same repair fail happens , its stuck in this cycle , neither "Refresh" or "Reset" option works , . I have to do a fresh format & install , loose all my files stored in the OS partition , I even tried to recover the files using linux boot cd but the folders were inaccessible/corrupted .

I tried every solution i could find to make it boot including Unable to refresh or reset PC after Automatic Repair fails in Windows 8 but nothing worked .

This has happened twice in the one year since i have been using Win 8 , Is there any way to avoid this from happening i future ?

A:How to avoid Windows 8.1 Automatic repair boot loop ?

This video claims to demonstrate how to escape the loop.

Also read comments. One claims rebooting with no USB devices connected broke out of the loop. I see lots of complaints on MS but I didn't see a fix.

Windows 8 Automatic Repair Loop Fix - YouTube

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I am unable to boot my laptop with Windows 8 Pro. It was working fine after upgrade finished from win 7, but IE10 locked up and I pressed the power button for 4 secs to shut it off, when turning it back on it's locked on a loop ? preparing auto repair, diagnosing , Automatic Repair couldn't repair your PC , shut down or advance options," every thing I try goes back to restart the same loop. Is there a way to bypass the prep auto repair on startup? I tried booting from installation disk but at a certain point it tells you to remove installation media and boot from OS and again the same loop. Help!!!!!!

A:Preparing automatic repair loop unable to boot

I had this happen on a laptop with an SSD that was refurbished, but tested ok. At this point it's kinda scary and I'm not sure if I can really trust the OS. I'm going to try a different SSD, but that repair loop is a bad, bad sign. Hopefully they can get this fixed ASAP.

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I am having this issue where my laptop with windows 8 just won't boot. I see my acer splash screen, then I see a blinking _ then it goes blank for around 20 min, and then it would say "automatic repair, diagnosing" I've waited nearly 20 hours, almost an entire day leaving my computer on, just still no use.

I am having a very very similar problem as this guy, (as well as many others who pretty much lost all their valuable datas in their HDD after installing WIN 8)

Windows 8 Woes

The person who wrote that was actually in RTM version, but the problem still persists in the most updated Final build version as of last week. I am quite disappointed in Microsoft. I am currently on my friend's mac.
I have my windows 8 original copy bootable on my usb drive. Insterting my usb drive, it boots and all, and I went into the repair option. I tried all of the repair options, all of them would either stuck in their screen or say that my disk is read only and locked.

I do have access to the cmd though in that repair mode, but it seems to be quite limited.

I tried to enter safe mode by pressing shift+F8, it doesn't work!!! Tried it so many times, just doesn't work.
It gives a loud beeping sound if I hold it for more than 2 sec.

I am now successfully able to boot Ubuntu from my Portable Hard Drive and it runs smooth and really well.

I originally had 2 partitions, C and D. C is where my windows 8 was installed, so it's unaccessable now, it doesn't appear in the ... Read more

A:HELP! Stuck at automatic repair loop... WONT BOOT.

Your problem sounds very serious. I am very sorry. And, I am sorry I know of no way to help you. The best I can do is suggest that you take the computer or drive to a data recovery specialist.

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My Toshiba laptop/Windows 8.1 installed a VLC Media player & Malware bytes today. I was instructed to Restart as 'drivers not working properly' & since then have been on the Automatic Repair loop. It says it cannot fix it - log file: C:\WINDOWS\System32\Logfiles\Srt\SrtTrail.txt, & I tried a few System Restore points but that just says -

System Restore could not access a file. This is probably because an anti-virus program is running on the computer . Temporarily disable your antivirus program and retry System Restore. You can try System Restore again If you continue to see this error, you can try an advanced recovery method.

Thing is I can't get into Windows or my laptop to disable the antivirus program. I'm not very techy so could someone please help me to get back into Windows.

I don't have any CD or DVD & no product key as the disc has been misplaced.

A:Stuck in Automatic Repair loop, System Restore not working

Welcome to EightForums

Have you made the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?


We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD. (Windows 8 only)
Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8 (Windows 8 only)

I would recommend you making the OEM manufacturer's Recovery DVD's or USB drive.
How to make Toshiba Recovery disks.
Toshiba How-To: Create System Recovery Media DVDs on a Windows 8 Laptop - YouTube
Toshiba How-To: Understanding Windows 8 system recovery options - YouTube
Creating Recovery Media for Windows 8 - TOSHIBA FORUMS
You can order the Microsoft official OEM Recovery disks from the OEM manufacturer's website.
Toshiba Service Portal - Laptop Recovery Media Services - Toshiba
From the Repair CD/USB: (or the Toshiba Recovery disk)
How to do a Auto Repair:
Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8
Note: You may need to do startup repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times - Windows 7 Help Forums

How to do a System Restore:
System Restore - How to Do in Windows 8

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Hi, I desperately need someones help as I am a law student with an assignment due monday and my laptop wont start. I left it on in my room and went out for a while and when i came back it was on a constant loop of trying to automatically repair and then would show a blue error message stopcode of either FAT FILE SYSTEM or NTFS FILE SYSTEM. Iv'e tried everything that I can think of and nothing is working. pressing ctrl + f8 +f11 does nothing. when I press f11 nothing happens and the loop continues. I also cannot seem to get to a command prompt menu. I really just want to restor the computer to an earlier date or get it to work...Please can you help...

A:Constant loop of automatic repair, fat file system error and...

Hello @Tazzikinz Welcome to the HP Support forum. Thank you for posting. Could you confirm you run Windows 10 ?  If yes, was it a clean installation or you previously ran older Windows version and upgraded to Win 10 ?  What was your previous Windows ? Your problem is known as Blue Screen of Death (BSOD). BSOD is kind of Windows self-protection feature. If you received a blue screen error, or stop code, the computer has shut down abruptly to protect itself from data loss. A hardware device, its driver, or related software might have caused this error.What you describe could happen because of incompatible with Windows driver (most often) or because of hardware issue (rarely). I guess your Windows updated itself automatically and the update caused the issueor there is some hardware problem. In order to troubleshoot, I would need some specific information.  Please, check the official HP article about such issues >> http://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c04593971Perform specifically step 2 and step 5 as diagnostic steps]. Post the results of the hardware checks and the details of the message BSOD that appears. Follow step 4 to use "System Restore". It will undo any recent changes that might be causing the blue screen error, including changing your settings and uninstalling recently installed software applications, or Windows Updates.  Let me know if this helps. Looking forward to your update.

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Acer Aspire V5 is the PC I am using. I turn it on, the boot fails and the pc restarts. Then begins an automatic repair, which crashes and the PC turns off. It is a loop I cannot get out of. How do I fix this?

I don't have a Windows 8 Disc or anything like that.

A:Windows 8.1, failed boot, preparing automatic repair loop

You will have to reinstall windows. On the Acer at boot press Alt + F10 to access the recovery process. If unable you may have to order the recovery disks from Acer. I hope you had you data backed up

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Win 10 upgrade on Dell Optiplex desktop suddenly looping Preparing Automatic Repair then flashes to

"Attempted Write To Readonly Memory" or  "Page Fault in Nonpaged Area". What Failed: WimFSF.sys


I've tried to get it to boot options so I can go to Safe Mode but it always loads Preparing Automatic Repair. Several forums say the WimFsf.sys is a Symantec file, but I know there were no Symantec products installed. I reaseacrched BSOD logs at top of the foump but I don't know how to get the DUMP files if I can't get a cmd line. Please Help!

A:BSOD Boot Loop: Preparing Automatic Repair w/ multiple errors

Start with these free hardware diagnostics:  http://www.carrona.org/initdiag.html
The WimFSF.sys driver is a Windows driver - not a Norton driver.
The Windows driver is most likely related to your file system - so the hard drive is suspect here.
Have you run the built in Dell diagnostics?

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Win 10 upgrade on Dell Optiplex desktop suddenly looping Preparing Automatic Repair then flashes to

"Attempted Write To Readonly Memory" or  "Page Fault in Nonpaged Area". What Failed: WimFSF.sys


I've tried to get it to boot options so I can go to Safe Mode but it always loads Preparing Automatic Repair. Several forums say the WimFsf.sys is a Symantec file, but I know there were no Symantec products installed. I reaseacrched BSOD logs at top of the foump but I don't know how to get the DUMP files if I can't get a cmd line. Please Help!

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Hi All, I updated my z570 succesfully from windows 8.1 to windows10 back in 2015 and using succesfullly without any problems. when tried to update from 1703 got error which used to rolled back with automatic repair and recovery to previous version automatically after 2, 3 hard shutdowns. Recently when windows 10 is updating to latest security and  other updates (I defferred the feature updates like 1803 using some MS windows utility, So proceeded confidently with update).However during update the laptop entered into this endless restart loop. After hard shutdown with power key 2, 3 times its showing message that 'Attemptiing Automatic repair' then 'recovery to previous installed version' but quickly again restarting back in loop.  I tried following other methods:1. Tried entering to setup by pressing F2 - no luck2. Created bootable USB and started laptop and pressed F12 continuosly - no luck3. Removed battery and pressed power button for a while and restarted hoping to enter setup - didnt helped4. used One touch recovery key next to power button while system is off hoping after system on takes me to sestup page - didnt helped If I could atleast enter setup or boot will try to solve, I Sincerely request memebers here to help me solving this issue. Thanks

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These are not working/detecting updates for my system. They report no packages/drivers found/available for my system. However, if I go to the support site and manually browse through the drivers list, I find a few that are recommended (and newer than what I have installed) and one urgent (newer than I have installed)The urgent one is Intel ME for version - I have installedThe recommended one is Diagnostics Lite for version 4.22.0 - I have 4.20.1 installed When I run the following command, I get; c:\drivers\win\me\meinfowin.exe Intel MEInfo Version: Any ideas why new drivers are not being detected? This happened once before, and I manually installed the drivers. I have not manually installed these latest drivers yet. My system is Windows 10 Pro - Version 1803 - Build 17134.191BIOS - N1DET98W 2.24Vantage - Update 5 - 5.07.0072Lenovo Service Bridge - Automatic Driver Update - what's provided on support.lenovo.com ThanksDoug

A:P70: Vantage/System Update 5/Automatic Driver Update not detecting drivers/updates

Vantage and Lenovo System Update both use the SU catalog.The SU catalog is updated with the new driver around 30 days after it shows up on the support page.Lenovo must quality test the driver and build .XML entries for the catalog. Thus your support page has the most current drivers.

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Hello, I have encountered a troubling problem with my ASUS Windows 8 Laptop. Every time I turn on the laptop, it says "Preparing Automatic Repair", then goes into complete black, then the Blue Error screen shows up for about 1 second, then restarts and the cycle keep repeating itself. I am unable to boot from a recovery USB drive, so I an unable to get to the Advanced Startup menu. The laptop did not come with a CD.

Any help is appriciated.

A:Windows 8 Automatic Loop/Blue Error Screen Loop

Hi Kenzilla02 & Welcome to the forums ^_^,

Could you please post a photo of the Blue Screen so that we could see if there is anything which can help us in diagnosing the problem. You cannot get into the Safe Mode as well?

Anyways, you would need an installation disc for the repairs and to check what is going on.
Let me know how it goes ^_^

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Current situation: When Windows XP boots it displays Windows logo, black screen and then a small error window with title "User Interface Failure" and text "The logon user interface dll msgina.dll failed to load. Contact your system administrator ..." There is a button to restart the system. Booting causes a loop back to the same state; I cannot get the system to boot to safe mode. Other than the lack of a logon and desktop the rest of the boot process seems to continue OK; I can access network shared drives from another system. Using BartPE I can see that msgina.dll is in C:\windows\system32 as it should be. Unfortunately much of the data I need to access for my work is not on shared drives and cannot be accessed by BartPE so I am in big trouble.

Background: The express version of SpyCatcher was installed a few daus ago. All was OK until I restarted the system and arrived at the current situation. I also have BartPE which I have used to look at the SpyCatcher logs and found entries that msgina.dll was quarantined (along with many other safe items). I believe this is the cause of the problem and not anything else.

I know that if I can get to a desktop to run SpyCatcher I can reverse all the items it wrongly quarantined. The question is how to get to the desktop? I have tried the following with no success:

- boot to safe mode
- verified msgina.dll is in the correct location,
has same hash code as original dll, and
doesn't have security set to prev... Read more

A:SpyCatcher blocks logon after boot; System in boot loop

Did you try 'Last known good config', and do you know if you have Restore point turned on?

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My Inspiron 15 is running Windows 8.1. Since an update it has been stuck in a boot loop. I have no cd to boot from nor can I can't any cobinational of keys to get to the advanced settings screen on start up
Can anyone help. Thanks!

A:Boot loop after update

Are you sure you weren't updated to Windows 10?

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I have a very trouble free Lenovo yoga 300 laptop until now which is constantly in a loop restarting with the message 'please wait while we install a system update' then continually restarts with the same message. I've tried over several hours and it is still looping, switching off & re-starting without going to windows 10. Any ideas?? Thanks 

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Please assist. I have a 64 bit windows 7 home premuim and it is set to auto update. I noted the last updates dont what to install and checked the log.

The last successful (64 bit) update KB890830 ?Malicious software removal tool x 64? was on 16/8/2012. The next update was ?security update KB2589322 for 32 bit system. It was successful !! and so was a couple other following 32 bit updates. But then the next 64 bit updates failed. See attached.
And now my system cannot install updates. How can a 32 bit patch be automatically updating a 64 bit system? And how do I fix it? Please help.

A:32 bit update KB2589322 automatic updated on 64 bit system

Looks like that update is for Office and the 32 bit version. If you did not install the 64 bit version, the update is correct.

If you want to check, right click the white flag and open Windows Update. On bottom left, select Installed Updates and check the Office section.

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I have tried all of the start up troubleshooting steps given on line.  There is a light on where the power cord plugs in to the base of the computer.  No sounds.  I have called tech support and keep getting disconnected.  I cannot do any more without someone calling me back.  This computer is 2 months old.  Please help me contact someone.

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I have a notebook running Windows 7 ultimate and recently installed a program called Deep Freeze, which removes any changes every time the machine is rebooted unless an admin bypass is used before restarting.
Unfortunately, I should have, but forgot to reconfigure windows update so that it would not be installing new updates on every restart. So now when I start the laptop it goes to the configuring update 1 of 91 etc. screen, goes through the updates, restarts, at which point deep freeze kicks in and removes the updates, so that they are started all over again. So upon reboot how can I prevent/stop that configuring updates operation so I can get into windows and fix the cause of the problem? Is something like the old windows 98 start in safe-mode option available with windows 7?

A:Boot up loop due to Windows update

How are Windows Updates handled on Deep Freeze protected computers? - Powered by Kayako Fusion Help Desk Software

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Today I updated to latest major win 10 update. But just it finished updating the updayes made my PC go on a boot loop which never boots to the desktop. I tried mamually restarting but the PC keeps boot looping. What do I do???!!

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I cannot reach windows, system tries to load 18000 updates then loops and does it again. Command prompt accessible. Also on restore window it lists OS C: as selectable but fails to restore. I believe system is on D:. Can I change the name of D: to C:?

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To start thanks for reading my final attempt for help.I've got an HP laptop that came with Vista, without the discs of course. Set to do the automatic updates, and it just went through doing one the other night. (Service pack 1 I think) After installing, when it went to reboot, Vista didn't load and instead it went to a screen saying corrupt file can't start windows, insert Vista disc and reboot. So I'm thinking would be nice if they had given me the discs.I look online for awhile, came across some iso files on the Neosmart Site Since I don't know what version of Vista I'm running I thought I'd try both version files that they have. Both loaded up, but then when getting to the screen to do a system restore it would say this was not version for what my laptop was running, and wouldn't go any further.So I decided to shell out the cash and purchased the HP recovery discs from Future Shop, where I bought the laptop. This loaded up fine, but in attempting to do the system restore it showed that there were no restore points to go back to, which I don't understand as I thought the default was to automatically create restore points on a regular basis. As a result my only option from these discs would be to do a full recover, meaning I lose everything on the laptop and of course I have nothing backed up and don't want to do this.I also tried F11/F8 as I read about that on other sites, but nothing happens.Does anyone have any ideas I can try? Maybe this has happened to you and... Read more

A:Vista won't boot after an automatic update was performed

You could use any version of Linux in a LIVE CD format or an Ultimate Boot CD to access and transfer your files:http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/ You could also purchase an external hard drive case and attach it to another computer and save your stuff that wayhttp://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?...N82E16817816003

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After recently restarting after automatic updates had been installed in Windows XP Media Center Edition, no boot mode works. Any safe mode or last working config either shuts down or gives this BSOD:


***STOP: 0x000000ED (0x8AC7CA68, 0x80000003, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)

I do have the Media Center discs, but my computer won't recognize them at startup. I have the AlienRespawn discs (it's an Alienware), but I have data on the computer that I cannot lose. This is very urgent, as I have multiple projects almost completed on my hard drive that are due very soon.

Any little help or advice is welcome! I will be extremely grateful for any advice or help, as this is very, very urgent. Thanks in advance!

A:XP Media Center Won't Boot after Automatic Update

If the data is important, you can take the drive out and attach it in place of a CD/DVD drive in a working pc and copy files.

After that, I would run diagnostics on the hard drive ( click here )

See this for how to make a bootable cd

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Hello all,

I have a Toshiba NB305-00F netbook. I was allowing someone else to use it and Windows began to update automatically. Next I knew, I looked over and the screen was blank, but the power light was still on. I held the power button until it turned off and attempted to turn it on again. Same result with a blank screen. My next test was plugging it into an external monitor. Nothing came up. Currently, I'm just letting the battery run out. I truly have no idea what to do next to troubleshoot. It previously had no problems. Thank you in advance.

Thank you in advance.

A:[SOLVED] No Boot After Automatic Windows Update


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Last night i restarted my laptop so windows 8 can install the updates. it logged me off and installed the updates and the restarted. i then when on and waited while it booted up, i sat there for about 20 minutes before i decided to restart the computer (it was stalling on the windows 8 boot/load/splash screen) then after that it kept on stalling on the boot screen. i tried the factory restore option and it loaded and the froze on the first screen and the loading windows files screen (it was a black screen with just a mouse arrow) even tried reinstalling threw with the windows 8 dvd disk and it would continuously load and restart. so i decided to install linex threw my usb drive. but the drive wouldnt boot, so i just turned it off and back on. after that the windows disk decided to boot up and the disk actually loaded and i chose the repair option and decided to reset windows (clean reinstall) the screen said please wait and after about 30 minutes the computer said can not find a valid partition. any ideas how to get it working or will i need to buy a new hard drive?

A:Windows 8 wont boot after automatic update

try MBR repair, were you dual booting? Did you try safe mode and uninstall the update ?

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Had an incomplete install of a program...computer otherwise working fine...did a system restore to try to go back to preinstall...in the system restore shutdown and restart, now hung up in a update configuation loop that is in third step up to 99% that shuts down only to do the same thing over and over again. So my system never gets to the mainscreen acknowledging system was restored.
I tried F8 going to safe mode, but configuation step 3 takes over again, goes to 99% and shuts down to restart.
I tried the vista 64 sp1 disc...cannot acccess another restore point since it says the system is already in restore mode....just never gets there with the endless 3rd step update configuration loop.
The disc also does not offer the repair/update mode as an option...only full install.
I do have norton ghost 14 on the system...so there is a complete backup file on another internal drive...but no way to get to it to initiate a recovery.
Could time remedy the situation...letting the computer lay idle for a few days...then try to boot up??? I've heard that this on occaision could work with Vista.
Any other thoughts???

BTW, computer is a hp desktop with Vista Ultimate 64 sp1, 4 gb ram, and intel dual core processor, with a bunch of bells and whistles.

A:system restore update configuration loop

Hello peterpy.

Can you get to bios setup so you can change the boot order to boot from the Vista install CD?

Keep us informed!

Later Ted

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Around a week ago, I was prompted by Windows to shut down my laptop in order to install some updates. I went ahead and did this. The next time I started up the computer, a screen came up that said Windows wasn't loading right, blah blah blah, and launched into Startup Repair. Startup repair ran, gave a vague message to the effect of, "this might have fixed your computer, Windows will now restart and maybe things will work," then restarted and loaded into Windows just fine. The next time I shut down my computer, it went back to an "installing updates--don't turn the computer off" screen. The next time I started it up, back to one run-through of Startup Repair, and then loads Windows just fine. This cycle repeated the next 5-10 times I shut down my computer: installing updates (the same updates every time, judging from the fact that it was the same number of updates) on shutdown, running Startup Repair once on startup, then loading into Windows.
I assumed that maybe the problem had something to do with the laptop freezing during an update, thus leaving it in some permanent state of limbo. My thinking was that if I could go back and install the updates fresh, things would work fine. I tried restoring to a couple system restore points, but neither one would work. So I reinstalled Windows 7 (upgrade/repair--not clean install), and was eventually prompted to install a bunch of Windows updates. I'm thinking, sure, the update will go smoothly this time, problem solved. Not so.... Read more

A:I'm stuck in an update/system repair loop!

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.

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I feel like I'm about ready to have a Sam Kennison moment! A week ago we got slammed by the system fix virus. Besides it's obvious show and tell with the buy here now - it disables my internet access by screwing with my dhcp client service and not giving me an ip address????I followed the self help on this site (which is a Godsend, thank you very much)- I had to put everything on a flashdrive and run the rkill, tdsskill (I can't remember if I could get the maleaware anti virus thing to run at that time) - through the safe mode command prompt as I couldn't do a darn thing through either safe mode or safe mode with networking. BTW tdsskill couldn't find anything.Once I was able to get into windows and run the the rkill and then tdsskill and a mcafee stinger - I still couldn't connect to the internet - no ip address. I tried several stand alone anti virus to no avail - they wouldn't find anything. I then looked at the install log and noticed that windows had downloaded a bunch of updates I didn't remember seeing. For good or for bad I did a system restore back as far as it would let me - I think like 5 days. I then really quickly ran everything all over again first through safe mode command prompt and then when windows opened - I ran everything through there too -and FINALLY had internet access again and downloaded AVAST and ran it and it promptly found some of the virus. I rebooted and avast ran a boot scan and found more of th viru... Read more

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I finally convinced swmbo to let be burn some hard earned on a new system. I declined the offer to "tranfer" my system to the new system from the suppler and saved myself around $200.00. A couple days on, I am now regretting this....

So I have installed my previously working HDD with XP into my new system and when I boot I get the options

safe mode
safe mode n/w
safe mode cmd prompt

last known good confic

Start windows normally

So far I have tried

repair install
replacing the boot.ini with a default version
renewing the MBR
backing up the following registers

and loading defaults from the CD.

running chkdsk with /p and /r (seperately)

all to no avail

Clearly I have "fiddled" under the guidance of various google search information and some ideas on this forum. The sequence may be off here, needless to say if possible I'd like to resurect this drive rather than do a complete reformat etc so I can recover my data, email etc not to mention avoid reinstalling everything again.

any and all ideas welcome.

any ideas?

A:XP hdd into a new system - boot loop

Usually it is not recommended to use a HDD that has an OS configured on one machine and transfer it to another. Win XP doesn't like multiple hardware changes. Pretty much you have driver issues. Plus you may need to re-activate Windows. You best bet would be to do a Repair installation on the old OS in the new system.


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I work from home. Recently IT asked me to bring in my laptop so they could update the Encryption Anywhere software. A week after leaving it with them I found out they were still working on it. They told me as soon as they put the update CD in the computer got stuck in a boot loop and that is how it is now. Today I went to pick it up since they have been unable to do anything to fix it. At that time they told me that they had the exact same thing happen to another laptop like mine (Dell Latitude D800). I can't find anything on the Dell website that deals with this problem.

The first thing that comes up after booting is the Encryption Anywhere logon screen (like always). I can sign in there and it shows Windows starting up but after about 10 seconds it completely re-boots and the Encryption Anywhere screen pops up again. It will do this endlessly. I've tried telling it to use Safe Mode and all other options at that page. I've booted from the original Windows XT CD but still get stuck in the same boot loop. I've run system diagnostics from a CD and everything checks out although a couple times it has told me that pci.sys and isapnp.sys are corrupt.

Is there anything else I can try? I really need to get some of the data off this laptop and would hate to have to do a complete wipe and start over.

A:Stuck In Boot Loop After Update To Encryption

So you've tried to do a full Windows repair ? Your data is kept intact and only the Windows portion is reinstalled.

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Hi All,

Having an issue updating a laptop. this is a laptop loaded with a custom image which i deploy via SCCM. The image is currently on build 1511, so the update im doing is from 1511 to 1607.

The way im updating, is using the Windows 10 update tool:

Before i go on to explain, i should tell you, i can re-image and replicate this issue over and over, so its probably an issue somewhere down the line with the the image, but the update tool for some reason still mentions the laptop is ready for the upgrade. (oh and the image, that i know of to date, has no issue, and all prior windows updates are applied)

The Issue:
I download the aforementioned tool, it goes through its motions of advising whether my laptop is compatible, once it decides its fine it downloads the update (normal behavior). It then proceed to prompt me my laptop will restart in order to install the upgrade. No issue there, it press "Restart"and it goes through the motion of installing it.
It all goes well, rebooting a few times (again, normal behavior) HOWEVER, once it reaches 99% (every time) it reboots and then gets stuck in a loop.
UEFI --> Windows boot ( so this screen http://i.stack.imgur.com/hvUhO.png)--> Reboot --> UEFI --> Windows Manager --> Reboot etc etc etc......loop loop loop
It does this eternally (or at least, my patience was limited to 3 hours)
As i said before, i can then reimage my machine via a PXE boot, and... Read more

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My Windows 7 was running 24/7 and I had 65+ days of uptime without any issues, then...
I installed Windows update KB4474419, rebooted, everything seemed fine, then

I installed 2020-01 KB4535102 (.NET rollup), reboot, ok, then

I installed Malicious software removal...
and this caused a boot loop :(
I managed to start Windows with Last known good config...
and now my raid array are resyncing... it will take a while, I hopefully won't run into any issues, but for now I'm done with windows updates...
In Windows event log:
1001 The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck.  The bugcheck was: 0x00000116 (0xfffffa801b6e4010, 0xfffff8800fed302c, 0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000002). A dump was saved in: C:\Windows\Minidump\021320-120900-01.dmp. Report Id: 021320-120900-01.
6008 The previous system shutdown at 21:26:00 on ?2020.?02.?13. was unexpected.
41 The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first. This error could be caused if the system stopped responding, crashed, or lost power unexpectedly.
1001 The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck.  The bugcheck was: 0x1000007e (0xffffffffc0000005, 0xfffff88001a1fd6e, 0xfffff880217a87c8, 0xfffff880217a8030). A dump was saved in: C:\Windows\Minidump\021320-122257-01.dmp. Report Id: 021320-122257-01.
41 The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first. This error could be caused if the system stopped responding, crashed, or lost power unexpectedly.
6008 The previous system shutd... Read more

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HiI bought Win 8 for a Win 7 Dell laptop in Jan. 2013 and have happily used Win 8 for a year. I have a Win 8 backup disc and valid license key.

I decided to update Win 8 to the free Win 8.1 a few days ago and went ahead with the download and installation of Win 8.1. However, after a seemingly successful installation, set up and login, a simple reboot resulted in no longer being able to boot. I can boot to safe mode but cannot boot properly no matter what I do.
There is no specific error message when I reboot, the OS simply fails to reach the login stage and reboots again. It then opens the 'Failed startup' page asking if I wish to use advanced options or restart.

I tried turning off all non-Microsoft software like AVG, Comodo, Samsung Keys, etc., but it didn't solve the issue.

I also noticed that Safe Mode boot fails when I attempt to boot to 'Safe Mode with Networking' but is successful when booting to simple 'Safe Mode' or 'Safe Mode with Command Prompt'.

I have attempted to burn the Win 8.1 disc as described on this site but from a Win XP system which according to the download software is not possible and unfortunately I do not have access to another system.

Can anyone please help me repair and boot my system?
Thank you for any help.

A:Win 8 to Win 8.1 update - failed boot - restart loop

You said:

Hi, I bought Win 8 for a Win 7 Dell laptop in Jan. 2013 and have happily used Win 8 for a year. I have a Win 8 backup disc and valid license key.

Why not use the Win 8 disk & reinstall Win 8 ?

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I have updated my T430 BIOS to the latest one (2.74) using https://support.lenovo.com/ca/fr/downloads/ds029253 After the update (everthing was fine), the laptop is stuck in a  reboot loop.After the lenovo splash screen, I have the message "Configuration changed - Restart the system" and then reboot.I can't interrupt the normal startup and go the BIOS settings or press any F8/10/12 key.I have tried to remove the battery / AC adapter then press the power button for 30s-1min and reboot with the battery / AC but nothing changed. Any ideas ? Regards

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I have a ThinkCentre M83, and won't boot after the installation of the suggested BIOS update (by the Lenovo software).There was no error message during the installation and proceed to reboot by itself. But then, the machine is stuck on the "Lenovo splash screen".Does anyone have any suggestions for restoring the BIOS ?Thanks a lot!

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Thank you for responding to my problem, your help is much appreciated! I have a windows security alert icon on the lower right hand corner of my screen and I'm not able to update windows, nor could I find the error number that I posted above in the topic description on Windows website.

DDS (Ver_2011-08-26.01) - NTFSx86
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.5512
Run by Cheryl Linzay at 8:57:47 on 2012-05-14
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.992.680 [GMT -5:00]
AV: avast! Antivirus *Enabled/Updated* {7591DB91-41F0-48A3-B128-1A293FD8233D}
============== Running Processes ===============
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exe -k WudfServiceGroup
C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k imgsvc
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\Ask.com\Updater\Updater.exe
C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\avastUI.exe
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A:Can't update windows/ Automatic Updates is turned off in Security System

Hello happyR1girl and welcome to BC forums,Step 11. Go >> Here << and download ERUNT (ERUNT (Emergency Recovery Utility NT) is a free program that allows you to keep a complete backup of your registry and restore it when needed.)2. Install ERUNT by following the prompts (use the default install settings but say no to the portion that asks you to add ERUNT to the start-up folder, if you like you can enable this option later)3. Start ERUNT (either by double clicking on the desktop icon or choosing to start the program at the end of the setup)4. Choose a location for the backup (the default location is C:\WINDOWS\ERDNT which is acceptable).5. Make sure that at least the first two check boxes are ticked 6. Press OK7. Press YES to create the folder.Step 2Set Windows to show all files and all folders. On your Desktop, double click My Computer, from the menu options, select tools, then Folder Options, and then select VIEW Tab and look at all of settings listed. "CHECK" (turn on) Display the contents of system folders. Under column, Hidden files and folders----choose ( *select* ) Show hidden files and folders. Next, un-check Hide extensions for known file types. Next un-check Hide protected operating system files. Step 3Download and save the attached file to your Desktop. Next, right-click on the file & select RENAME. Change the .txt to .VBS.Then double-click on it to start. This will produce a windows update history report in Notepad. Save it... Read more

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I'm dual booting Windows 8 and Linux Mint 14 right now with GRUB2 as the MBR. I changed the MBR to Windows, but didn't like the menu screen so I went back to GRUB2. Now, when I select Windows 8 from GRUB2, it has the choose operating system screen and it boots after 5 seconds or if I select it. I used EasyBCD to add the boot entry for Linux Mint prior to re-installing GRUB2 as the MBR. Then deleting the boot entry after switching back to GRUB2. I know on Windows XP, you would edit the boot.ini file located in the root of the c: driver, but on vista and later, I'm not sure how to edit the bcdedit.exe file in c:\windows\system32\. When I type the command into command prompt, it displays all the information inside the file, but I'm not sure what command to use to fix the issue.

A:Automatic boot instead of choose operating system

I'm not dual booting but I would assume if you run Msconfig - > boot and set the default OS and Timeout: 0

Startup Options - Change Time to Wait before Default OS Runs

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Hello. My Windows XP Pro computer boots to the splash screen, then reboots automatically. I've pressed F8 at boot and chosen all the options (even start to command prompt and safe mode) and all do the same thing. This started after installing Microsoft Critical update KB824146. I tried reinstalling windows with the CD, but the CD doesn't want to do this, only giving me the option of wiping my current installation and starting over. I don't want to do that. I did install another copy of XP next to my main one in a different directory (c:\winxp instead of c:\windows). That one boots and works fine, but I don't have permission to access My Documents from the other install and of course I'd have to reinstall everything if I'd just keep this one. If I choose the old install at boot it still does the same thing. I CAN access the old windows install with the recovery console on the XP CD.

So my question is the obvious: does anyone have any ideas on how to fix this? While the Windows update I installed is the Blaster virus one, I don't have the Blaster virus (I just scanned from my new XP copy). I would like to try manually uninstalling the update, but to do so I'd need to access the registry and I know of no way to do this (anyone? Would there be a way to access the registry on one installation from the other?). I'm afraid this is a lost cause, but if anyone has any ideas so I can avoid wiping my whole computer and starting over I'... Read more

A:windows xp boot loop after installing update KB824146

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Yesterday I shut my laptop down because it needed to install updates, and since it was late I figured I'd just turn it back on in the morning. Now it gets to the "Configuring Updates: Stage 3 of 3 - 0%" screen and just sits there spinning the HDD for a while and shuts down. I tried the safe modes and last known good config options. From what I understand, I need to boot the thing from a Vista install disc and repair the installation - but that's the catch, since I got this laptop by repairing it for a friend, I don't have any of the media that came with it, nor would it have come with a Vista install disc. I do still have the key for Vista attached to the bottom of the laptop case. How can I repair the Vista installation, preferably without losing my data or at least giving me time to offload some of my work?

Gateway MT6821
Vista SP2

A:Gateway laptop stuck in boot loop following update

I would suggest contacting Gateway, requesting Recovery Media CD from them - might cost a few $, but you'd be able to repair the laptop to factory specs.
While waiting for the CD from Gateway, you might be able to recover any data from the disc by connecting it to a HDD dock, and copying files onto another computer.

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