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Configuring Windows Update -Failed, Reverting back..

Q: Configuring Windows Update -Failed, Reverting back..

Hi there,

I turned on my laptop today, and I got the message "Windows failed to configure updates, reverting changes' at the logon screen, and it just loops there forever, even if i leave it there for like an hour. I can't shutdown or restart, unless I power it down.

I tried to boot into safe mode, but i can't do that either, I get the same message, and last known configuration doesn't work either.

I go to system restore, and it just fails on every system restore image. says something about failing to extract a different file each time, and the registry could not be copied on one of them.

It won't let me run a SFC /scannow check either, and I just can't get passed the logon screen stage. Startup repair doesn't help either, just says everything is fine and that my boot was successful :S weird.

Any ideas or suggestions, minimizing having to format and reinstall windows - as it's got all my alevel work on it o.0

thanks in advance!

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Solved same problem today on two computers running Win7. Both failed installing four upodates and have been like this for several days.
SOLUTION: Go to Win Update. View the four files that Win 7 is trying to update. You will see four updates with their boxes checked for auto update. Unclick update KB982018 and update only the remaining three. Later update KB982018 separately. You can also manually update these individually. This worked for me.
Jim B

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I'm new to this forum and want to send a shoutout and a Thanks for all that everyone does on here.

I have a Gateway Win 7 64 bit desktop PC, that is having issues with Windows Update.

I guess that I have not been paying attention to my Windows Updates and I have not done a normal shutdown of my PC in a while. There were strorms coming up and I decided to power down. It said configuring updates, do not turn off PC. The next thing I noticed a few hours later, it was on my grey Gateway start up screen saying something along the lines of Failure configuring Windows Updates, Reverting Changes...." After like three hours, I was back in business. Well, the computer at random times tries to re-run the updates with the same message. Finally, yesterday I searched and found Microsoft's "Windows Update Troubleshooter." I ran it and it said that it fixed all of the updates. I even did a couple of reboots and Windows started normally.

BUT, last night, my wife noted that it said that the computer needed to reboot to allow updates to finish processing and of course, it went through the whole Failure configuring windows upates, reverting and such. Arrgh!

How can I fix this? I thought that the Troubkeshooter tool might work (and iot looked like it did) but then it tried updates just a few hours later.

Thanks for any guidance!

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So I've had this problem for a couple of weeks now, everytime I reboot my PC to install the updates it will seemingly fail at 100% when configuring the updates "failure configuring updates, reverting back changes" I haven't done any critical changes to my PC, it just suddenly didn't configure the updates correctly. I don't have any third part firewalls or AV programs. I have Windows 8 x64 pro if that's of any use. I also tried to troubleshoot the problem with the windows troubleshooter but it was of no use.
Here's a picture of the update history if that helps: http://tldr.me/11bpbd7.jpg

A:Failure configuring updates, reverting back changes

There are too many updates to install at one time. Install 5 at a time, if any cause problems hide them temporarily and continue on to the next batch. It is probable that the .NetFramwork are blocking some of them.

Before doing the above run the Windows Update Troubleshooter:
Troubleshoot problems with installing updates - Windows Help

Windows Key + X, select Command Prompt (Admin) and type exactly sfc /scannow

Temporarily disable your Firewall

Now try the updates as specified above.

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My computer has the following message after booting up: windows update failed, reverting updates.

This is before I get to the desktop, it just hangs like this, even in safe mode.

I've tried booting in safe mode, same thing happens.

I've tried system repair, it said that there is nothing to repair.

I can't use system restore because I don't have a restore point available.

Must I reinstall?

Please help!

A:Windows update failed, reverting

How long did you wait so far? I'd recommend to let it load.. it could take a while but it's the safest way to regain access to your system. Start it before you go to sleep and check it in the morning again.

If it's a new system, don't install to many updates at once..

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Windows 8.1

PC got recovered on Tuesday, so had no updates on it. Installed and restarted the PC today, it installed so many percent and restarted. It then carried on installing them.

It the said that the updates had failed and that it was reverting and not restart the PC. It was stuck like that for an hour. So I restarted it and tried to get into safe mode using F8/Shift-F8, but it doesn't work goes back to the reverting updates screen. I have tried numerous times and Windows Recovery won't appear either.

I don't have a Windows disc. It is a Compaq PC and I can't lose any of the files.

Can anyone help?


A:Windows Update Failed/Reverting, But Stuck

I had this problem when i bought a broken SSD haha! unfortunately, something got corrupted that caused you to lose important update files that are required to update! This happened to me, and Microsoft support was able to get them back for me, so if you give them a call, they'd be able to get it for you!

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Hello all, I've been having this problem recently ~2-3 weeks ago with my Windows Update.

I am unable to install these 3 updates through Windows Update, as well as downloading them manually from the Microsoft Update site:

Security Update for .NET Framework 3.5.1 on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 for x64-based Systems (KB2446710)

Security Update for .NET Framework 3.5.1 on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 for x64-based Systems (KB2478662)

Security Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2871997)

Sometimes it will install one of the three updates and ask me to restart, while it's step 3 of 3 of the updates it quickly shuts down (sometimes so fast I don't see the message): Update failed, reverting changes or something along the lines of that and automatically restarts, does the same thing until I reboot in safe mode then back in normal mode.

I have Microsoft Security Essentials and Malwarebytes fully updated and installed, and have ran full virus/rootkit scans on both of them and it doesn't pick up anything. My Windows is Genuine.

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Also on a side note: Whenever I double-click an image on my desktop and a couple folders and close it my explorer.exe stops responding for about 20 seconds, it only happens in 2 folders and the desktop; could this be malware? If so how can I fix this without reinstalling my windows (I've already reinstalled once, but I never had that problem before.)

A:Windows Update Failed, reverting changes loop.

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 CBA files, for a number of reasons)

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I have a Acer Windows 8 computer and its stuck on reverting update changes and restarting. It says "Failed configuring Windows Updates Reverting changes" then restarts and then does that again. I cannot go to the desktop. How do I fix this?

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don't have a answer, but do have a suggestion ,its the weekend and all helpers are volunteers ,hang tough , someone will come along
some suggested reading in the meantime ,good luck
"Failure configuring Windows updates. Reverting changes. Do not turn off your computer" error when you try to install Windows updates

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A very strange thing happened today, first time I've seen this on my real or virtual machines. Luckily it happened to a VirtualBox vm for which I had several snapshots so I could revert to an earlier state and got everything back (VirtualBox vm snapshot = about the same as system image on real, physical computer).

Here's the problem description, I would like to know what happened and maybe also why this happened.

A Windows 7 Enterprise installed on VirtualBox 4.04 virtual machine, licensed and activated. A lot of software installed, used solely for testing purposes. Been up and running a few months without issues, all updates installed except SP1.

Today a normal boot produced this:

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It took about a minute for Windows to run through "update operations" 1 through 92703.

After "Applying update operation" phase Windows rebooted, trying to configure some updates, finally stopping like this:

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Again a reboot. Windows had totally reverted to a point after first boot. All installed software is gone, as well as installed updates and personalizations. It's just like after the first boot after installation some months ago, even showing the browser choice dialog:

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As I mentioned, this is not an issue per se because I could use an earlier snapshot to put everything back, to revert Windows as it was yesterday. However, I really would like to learn what and why happened. I have never before seen a Windows instal... Read more

A:Applying update - Failure configuring - Reverting changes

Hello Kari!

I shall post all that I can, however, it is far from the reason. It isn't really very solid at all, but it may be all you can get.

How sure are you that it is exactly at the point after first boot? What I mean by this is this (slightly below (restructured post subtly, read to end before attempting to answer )

Today a normal boot produced this:

That should only ever be caused by a Windows Update. Any chance that a Windows Update installed in the background last time before you shut down?

There is a bug which you might just be experiencing. Experts the world over argue about whether this is even possible. I have seen it with my own eyes; it happened on one of my own computers once. And I am not the only one. Many people have experienced and reported it, but to many experts it seems impossible. It is not impossible, it happened to me.

What happens is that the "Setting up account for first time use Window appears" when it shouldn't do. And it creates a whole new user profile of sorts.

Say my account name is Richard. My old folders were like this:

etc. etc.

The re-running of the configuring window creates new copies of these folders in the same directory:

C:\Users\Richard\Documents\~My original documents, still intact
C:\Users\Richard\Documents\~Default template
C:\Users\Richard\Desktop\~My original documents, still intact
C:\Users\Rich... Read more

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After a Windows update and restart the following problem appeared 
When the Windows 7 64 machine is started it boots correctly then immediately goes to a blue "Configuring Windows" screen followed, after a couple of minutes, by the "Failure Configuring Windows Update Reverting Changes" screen. After
around 3 hours this eventually changes to "Shutting down". This has been left overnight and still says "Shutting down". During start up I don't get to the log-on screen and don't have access to any settings. A shared partition on the machine
is visible from other computers and a SQL database can be accessed during the Reverting Changes stage.
I can restart the machine successfully in Safe Mode and have tried a clean boot. Chkdsk has been run. Microsoft Help says use FixIt but FixIt doesn't run in Safe Mode and I can't access the machine after a normal boot to run it then. Diagnostics doesn't
work in Safe Mode. For the same reasons I can't turn off Windows Update or attempt a reinstall. An attempt to restore to a previous version doesn't work giving an 0x80070005 error code.
Reinstalling the OS from disk seems like overkill and a huge investment in time (bringing back up to date and reinstalling software). Surely there must be a way of bypassing or deleting the failed update or the service that is trying to configure it?
Our small business is reliant on this machine so we are quite desperate for a solution.

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My father hit yes to upgrad his HP Probook 6407b from Windows 7 to Win 10. He did not realize what he was saying yes to.

He brought it to me before it finsihed. I got into win 10, but then had issues with HP security software at boot. It would hang at boot, say something about a finger print reader, and then allow me to log in. So I decided to revert back to win 7. that failed. Goes to try a startup repair and it does not work. It looks like win 7 trying to do it and not 10.

Is there any way to recover either win 7 or 10?

I tried a win 10 usb drive, but it says the upgrade was previously started in windows, turn off machine and restart, but that fails.

A:Failed Reverting Back to 7

How did you try to revert back to Win 7 ?
Did you do it this way ?........................................

Start button > left side, select Settings > select Update and Security > left side, select Recovery > right side, under Go back to Windows 7, click the Get Started button > follow the prompts from then on.

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Unlike a lot of the questions on here regarding this problem, I find myself stuck on a blue screen that says "Failure configuring Windows updates, reverting changes" and I cant access my desktop to even begin to try fixing the problem.
I only recently bought this laptop refurbished. Its a Refurbished Grade A2 Samsung 355V5C AMD A8 Windows 8 Laptop in Blue.
To be honest, im not very good at all this tech stuff so could do with a simple answer.
I found shortly before it got stuck reverting changes I couldnt use a lot of the F buttons (F1 F2 F3 ect)

Please help, so stressed!

A:Failure configuring windows, reverting changes

Did it come with a "fresh" install of Windows?

Did you get it from a reputable seller? With a warranty? If so, is it still under warranty?

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Hi! Okay, yesterday I reset my laptop to its factory settings and today it's giving me the message "failure configuring windows updates; reverting changes. Do not turn off your computer." It's been like this for hours and I've tried everything. Anyone know how to get out of this?!

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While trying to figure out why my computer was running so slow. I shut it down and was going to boot it back up in safe mode to see if that helped at all and now I am getting the above Failure to configure windows updates.
What do I need to or can I do for this issue.

A:Failure Configuring Windows Updates. Reverting Changes. HELP

Hi 4honeys Are you able to boot back your computer normally or is it stuck in a loop of "Failure to configure Windows Updates"?

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I restarted my Samsung model np365e5c-s01us this morning. Upon restarting a green screen displaying the words "failure configuring Windows updates reverting changes do not restart your computer." Appeared. I waited over 2 hours with no change. I tried restarting the laptop several times including removing the battery and leaving it out for 15 minutes. Still no change. I researched and tried multiple solutions online, including pressing f8 and other keys upon boot up, nothing worked. I was not able to pull up any settings screens or any other screens besides the green screen with the failure message. Any advice?

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That can take 7 or 8 hours to perform the reversion
Just turn on computer, walk away and let it do its thing without interfering.
On odd occasions I saw it take almost 24 hours before it reverted.

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Have tried booting up my windows 8 laptop but I'm getting the error message

"Failure configuring Windows features , Reverting changes , Do not turn off your computer"

Have left it for hours and there's been no change . Any suggestions ?

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windows 8
hi i reset my pc back to factory settings complete delete of personal files.
Problem is windows updates download and install, but when restarting pc , installing stops at 15% then message failure configuring windows updates reverting changes appears.
I have followed posts about deleting files in folder c/windows software distribution but still have same problem.
I have tried to installing just a 1 updates at a time, 1 update installs, but when restarting pc somehow it tries to configurate 116 updates, even tho i only downloaded and installed 1.
any help would be great , thanks

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I was checking out a friends laptop for them and noticed it had 155 updates needing to be installed. I went ahead and let them install. Now I have the message "Failure configuring Windows updates Reverting changes". It has been this way for about 1.5 hrs. It will sometimes stop and says restarting and then goes right back to "Failure configuring Windows updates Reverting changes". Is this normal behavior when you have 155 updates at once? Or is it just stuck in a loop? Should I force a shutdown even though it says "Do not turn off your computer"? Need some advice as to what to do.

I'm assuming it is 8.1 but I'm not 100% sure. It could be just 8 but I don't think it is.

UPDATE: It just restarted and booted to desktop. It took about 1.5 hours of "Failure configuring Windows updates Reverting changes" with multiple restarts in between. I think I will do a few updates at a time since there are so many. Maybe that will help.

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I've been stuck on this screen for awhile now and its quite annoying. I just got this laptop about a week ago and haven't really done much on it. I recently did put a whole bunch of pictures on it though that I really don't want to lose, that would be really terrible really. Anyway, this screen won't go away, all I did was try to update it to Windows 8.1 cause a message popped up saying to do that from the computer settings button that you find on the charm bar. I did try turning it off and on because another forum said that that worked for them. Then after restarting it came right back to this screen. But I literally can't do anything because it's stuck on this screen! Any advice?

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I hope that you still have the backup of your pictures.

Your problem is not very clear, it looks like you are talking about two different things. There is no popup that will tell you to update to Windows 8.1 by "saying to do that by the computer settings in the charms bar", it just isn't done that way.

The best bet would be to use the recovery partition in your computer to reset to original factory conditions, see your computer manual on how to proceed.

When done install all the windows updates then go to the Windows Store to get and install the Windows 8.1 update.
Windows 8.1 - Update to from Windows 8

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I just bought new Asus Vivotab Smart Windows 8 tablet, after the very first windows update it failed to install some of the updates, and then after the reboot I am now stuck with the message "Failure configuring Windows updates, reverting changes".
It never gets any further than this, it never reverts, I have left it running for an entire day and have restarted several times.

please note that this is a tablet, so there is no keyboard so I cannot press any F keys to get into recovery mode, and no CD to boot from etc.

A:Failure configuring Windows updates, reverting changes

Hi Snake,
had to leave my lappy COMPLETELY alone for it to finally revert.
After that go
Then install updates.


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I purchased a new ASUS LAPTOP which came with windows 8 installed.
When i tried to restart after installing Gtalk i got this message.

"failure configuring windows updates. reverting changes. do not turn off your computer "

I got this on last friday i.e the 6th of june, ever since i am not able to do anything with my laptop. I dont have windows 8 dvd as well.

How do i re boot it?
Model number : Asus 15634 Laptop Intel Core i3

I also tried pressing the power button for 15 secs , still no luck
Tried f8 f9 and windows + r and windows+ X keys no luck

A:failure configuring windows updates. reverting changes!

Hi Diva,
had the same prob after restore factory settings.

I let it run for about 2 hours it finally reverted, after about 7/8 tries

After you are up and running go

Controlpanel>windowsUpdate>troubleshoot, to clear any errors


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I installed updates last night on my work computer (Alienware X51 R2 Windows 7 Ultimate).  When I came into work this morning and fired it up I'm getting a message "Failure configuring Windows updates...Reverting changes Do not turn off your computer". 
After letting it sit for four hours, I wasn't getting anywhere.  Forced a restart with the power button, tried to get to the Repair My Computer option under advanced boot options, and I have no repair option.
I can't boot into safe mode, and I can't boot normally.  Any suggestions on how to get to where I can do a system restore?

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I recently tried updating to windows 10 but got update errors, I ran sfc /scannow and found I had corrupted files, however it couldn't fix them. I tried everything and had to resort to upgrading windows 7 again to repair all windows files. This required me to install updates again. I downloaded and installed all 201 updates then when I booted my computer this earlier it got to the stage where it said Failure configuring windows updates reverting. Does anyone know how long this is going to take I've already been waiting 30 mins and need my PC ASAP . Also is there any work around to this?


A:Please HELP - Failure configuring Windows Updates Reverting changes

Try downloading/installing like 10 or 20 updates at a time and install the updates you can install for now.
Go to updates history and check which one is failings, uncheck it so you can minimize the loop here, then try to solve the failing update after that.

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Failure configuring Windows Updates, Reverting changes

system: Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bits - system is in Spanish.

I followed all kinds of procedures on even more forums but no solution.

1. System Update Readiness Tool (SURT) - KB947821


2. SFC scan

done, scan stopped at 92%. Says that there are damaged files and refers to CBS.log

3. Windows Update Error Codes

80073712 - I already followed instructions to fix it, but error keeps popping up
80070002 - I already followed instructions to fix it, but error keeps popping up

4. Log Collection

I can't upload the file, because it seems to be to big (11 mb). I shared it on the next link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9y1xokombpamohc/CBS.zip

thanks a lot people for any help!

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Have you scanned with your anti-virus? What browser are you using?

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Hello, i restored my samsung sidesync homysync lite laptop to factory image, it installed 97 updates and then after restarting multiple times i get this " Failure configuring windows updates, Reverting changes, Do not turn off your computer." I get this for more than 3 hours now, i tried to restart it but i keep getting this,i cant get in windows. What can i do?

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That many updates will take a very long time to revert. Let it do it's job. When things return to normal, install 5 at a time, less wear and tear on the computer and less frustration for you. If you get an update that won't install, hide it temporarily and continue on with the rest then come back to the ones that did not install.

Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter from this site before proceeding with the updates.

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Since a few days, there are A LOT of computers that are experiencing a problem with Windows Update. When booting the computer, a screen with the following appears: "Failure configuring Windows Updates. Reverting changes. Do not turn off your computer.". For some people, the problem is fixed is 10 minutes, but in general it takes 30minutes to an hour! We have cases of people that needed to wait for more then 3 hours.
When booted, you can see that some updates are failed. Last week, we thought that it was KB2952664, but today we see that the problem has returned at computers where the update is hidden or already installed.
Is anybody seeing the problem and does anybody has a fix?
It literally happening to more then 15 of our clients and i've seen it on more then 30 computers.
Disabling Windows Update seems the only fix at the moment.

A:"Failure configuring Windows updates. Reverting changes."

i have had the same exact issue with multiple computers where i work. I have not found a fix but i am literally having those same exact issues.

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Hi guys,

Last night I did a system refresh and this was the result this morning, faaaantastic!

I am currently having an issue on my laptop at the moment where it's stuck in an infinite loop of 'reverting changes' after having tried to update and failed at 30%, I have done some reading at ways to boot into safe mode however it would appear windows 8 doesn't give me the chance.

I do not have a copy of my original windows 8 disc and am at a loss, please help!
Edit; I have tried spamming F4, F8, F10 buttons and none are allowing me to enter boot mode.

A:Failure Configuring Windows Updates 'Reverting Changes'

Open the Admin command (Win+X->Command Prompt(Admin)) and type:
bcdedit /set {current} safeboot minimal
Restart your PC, it should boot into safe mode.

To remove it from booting into safe mode, run from Admin Command:
bcdedit /deletevalue {current} safeboot

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This is a message that could piss off the Pope.  I'm reloading computers and doing massive amounts of updates, as many as 210 at a time, and sometimes I get this message.  And it doesn't take out just the defective update, it takes out ALL the updates done in that session!
Is there a way to fix this problem or minimize the amount of time wasted on it?
I always run the Microsoft 50123 fixit before updating.  Sometimes it helps and sometimes it doesn't.
What causes this enormous time-waster?

A:Failure configuring Windows updates, reverting changes.....

Try running the system readiness tool before the updates. It's a kludge but you could run approx 20 updates at a time. That way the most it could take out would be 20.

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So after turning on my parent's laptop this morning they recieved this message and the laptop has been stuck on it for about 4 hours. I know how to fix it but I can't do anything on the laptop because there is no way to go past this message. I don't have a recovery CD or access to another laptop with Windows 8 to make one.

Is there anything I can do to get past this message? I've tried getting into safe mode a couple of times but nothing seems to work.

Thanks in advance

A:Failure configuring Windows updates. Reverting changes

If it was trying to update too may Updates, it was bound to fail and revert changes and take a long time to revert. Give it a bit more time. Do you recall how many there were?

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Product Name            :-HP Pavilion g6-2202tx Notebook PCOperating System      :- windows 8 pre-installedIt's been more than an hour, I'm still stuck at this message. What should I do? Everytime I do an update, it shows up for too long. Please help.

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A:Failure configuring windows updates reverting changes

Please download and run the Windows Update Troubleshooter.Post the results in your topic.Clicking on the link above will start the download automatically.

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Refreshed my laptop, so I had to reinstall all the windows updates. It prompts me to restart my pc. I oblige. System reboots. I'm then met with a screen that states that it's configuring updates. Then it tells me it's failed and it's reverting changes. I leave it for two hours and it's still stuck on that. I force restart, and it goes back to the configuring update screen, follow by the reverting changes screen. Basically, I'm stuck now, can't get to the windows login screen. F8 doesn't bring up the safe mode option. Help

A:Failed to configure update, reverting changes

Do you have the installation disk? If so try booting from that and do a startup repair.
Keep us posted

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I have a new asus laptop windows 8 which is stuck on "failure configuring windows features reverting changes stuck". I cannot get passes this screen. I cannot bring up the chalms bar or boot up in safe mode. The only other screen I can get into is the bios but can't do anything from there. I also do not have a cd/dvd drive or a usb boot thingo. It sits on this for more than an hour. I keep restarting but to no avail. Please help!!!

A:failure configuring windows features reverting changes stuck

I have the same problem, help!! I really need someone to walk me through it, instructions for dummies style. My laptop goes straight to this screen and there's no option of accessing anything else so I can't do what other google searches for advice suggest because I'm stuck with this one screen,

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It's been about two months since i last used my laptop and for some reason i haven't been able to successfully update windows. I have tried SURT but with no success. I have my CBS linked on this post, hopefully that will be enough to diagnose what is going on with my laptop.


Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Windows 7 x64 bit Enterprise Operating system give error " Failure configuring Windows updates. Reverting changes." error after installiong and restarting the  2019-01 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB4480970)
is it a known issue or any solution available. Please help

2019-01 Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB4480970)

Regards, Boopathi

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I've seen a ton of these threads but all the advice seems to be "do this thing on your computer" and as the issue is the screen is stuck on "Failure configuring windows updates, reverting changes" and I am unable to get past it to log in, that advice isn't
all that relevant to me.
My laptop was hard reset in the middle of trying to shut down for updates because the battery was low and it became fully depleted before I noticed. It was stuck on "preparing to configure windows, don't turn off your computer" for about 6 hours. So I tried
rebooting it in safe mode. When it loaded it said the same thing, then rebooted its self and brought its self back into normal mode, this time displaying "Failure configuring windows updates, reverting changes. Don't turn off your computer". It's been 3 hours
now. Do I just wait it out...?
Acer Timeline X notebook computer, windows 7 64bit.
As an aside: Lol I guess I should get a mac...?

A:Failure configuring windows updates, reverting changes. Unable to log on.

I suggest you attempt a boot recovery/repair. Do you have the original install disc?

No need to reinstall the OS yet, but if you have the CD you can repair the files that are causing the boot loader to fail, this may be installed on the HDD by the manufacturer.

The System Recovery Options menu contains several tools, such as Startup Repair, that can help you recover
Windows from a serious error. This set of tools is on your computer's hard disk and on the
Windows installation disc.

And no, this is not a good enough reason to switch to mac!  ;)

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cumulative security update for internet explorer 11 for windows 7 for x64-based systems
is the error I get when I try to install it, I've tried fix it, system readiness tool, registry fixers, registry reset, and still I get it, but I've done a lot of research and the only conclusion I can come up with is I have corrupted something I don't know. Please don't answer if your going to give me a link for "Checking" updates error 8007002. This is only happening to this specific update.

A:Failure Configuring windows updates, Reverting changes Error

Ok when I restart my computer to configure updates, it goes up to 90% and then says that. But it reboots again and tries to configure a second time but still says failure, it does this 3 times and then I can log in. I think it may have something to do with the error (on my other thread) I have on a update and its affecting this, but I don't know what the problem is. If you see the picture, imagine seeing that one time and it reboots and says that 2 more times. That's what's happening to me.

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My acer aspire v5-571-6471 went to update last night. It ran into a problem of some sort told me failure in update and is reverting back to its last functions. I went to bed and when I woke it was on a please wait screen. Been there for 9 hours. I tried alt+f10 to access the recovery partion as I can not get to my login screen. But alt+f10 does nothing. I do not have a windows 8 recovery dick laying around as I just bought the laptop from my sister who also has no recovery dick. Please help. If anyone is nice enough to make a recovery dick iso for usb and allow me to download it I would be grateful. I really don't have the money to go and buy anything at this current time.

A:failure in update and is reverting back

The proper word is disc for CD or DVD, not dick. You sound young.

Disc is marked as such on the face of the Optical drive tray.

You can get the Factory Restore discs for Windows 7 from Acer, I did for an Aspire I was given, cost less than $30US, haven't check price for Windows 8 yet.

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Had this problem on 2 machines; I read and tried all the fixes suggested on the internet; about a dozen of them over and over again.
Problem is the HARDDRIVE!
I had a fresh install and had the problem with existing harddrive.
Also had problem on an up and running computer about 4 months old; just never got around to fixing it.
I tried all the fixes on the new one to no luck. I know some windows setup settings look for certain hardware for some setup processes so I tried an old drive I have kicking around. I Cloned the new drive onto it and ran the computer and then SP1 and all worked. I cloned back to the new drive and about 187 updates have now installed. It's working perfectly.
I had the same problem on the second computer and cloned it onto a different drive and then to an SSD also; it worked on both drives; also had 187 updates install.
Even after reinstalling the OS twice and immediately trying the SP1 it still didn't work until I cloned to the older harddrives.

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Hello all, I need some help, I am having an issue with 2 workstations.

1 Physical Windows 7 Pro x86
1 Virtual Windows 7 Pro x64

When I try to install the update KB3185330 the workstation reboots and eventually I get the message on the screen "Failure configuring Windows updates. Reverting changes. Do not turn off your computer" error when you try to install Windows updates.

I did run the MS fix it tool and I still get the error.

Any ideas?

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One of our Windows 7 shows  "Failure configuring Windows updates.
Reverting changes" after installing Updates. I have follow this article to troubleshoot it.

"Failure configuring
Windows updates. Reverting changes. Do not
Nov 1, 2013 ... "Failure configuring Windows updates.
Reverting changes. Do not turn off your computer" error when you try to install Windows updates.



Now, it seens the Windows passes the "Failure configuring
Windows updates. Reverting changes" message, but it stays "shuting down" forever (The first time, I let it run for a couple days, and the second time I let it run for week). Any suggestions?

Bob Lin, MCSE & CNE Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Networking, Internet, Routing, VPN Troubleshooting on http://www.ChicagoTech.net How to Install and Configure Windows, VMware, Virtualization and Cisco on http://www.HowToNetworking.com

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Hello, Please help. I can not run a windows update and the update history is blank. There is constantly an error in the bottom right of the screen that the last back up failed. When I try to run the windows update it says "windows update cannot check for updates, because te service is not running. You may need to restart your computer." Restarting does not change anything. Also when I hook up my iphone to the usb port it does not seem to see it. Nothing happens. One of your volunteers "someguy" I think it was helped me restore my computer from a bad virus like a year ago and I don't think windows has been able to update since then. It was that redirect virus if that helps.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.

A:windows update will not run. Last back up failed.

Hi try this How do I reset Windows Update components?

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I have an Asus VivoTab Smart that comes with Windows 8, and before I can do the 8.1 upgrade, I have to install all 112 updates.  This was going just fine until after it rebooted, and now it's been stuck on the "Failure configuring Windows updates,
Reverting changes" screen for about the past 12+ hours.  I restarted it a couple of times by holding down the power button, but it comes right back to the same screen after the Asus splash screen.  Were this a laptop, I know exactly how
to fix it (go to Advanced Recovery Options), but since it's a new tablet that I haven't yet connected its Bluetooth keyboard to, I'm basically stuck.  I can't even boot to a flash drive because that requires a keyboard to get to the boot options.
What can I do?  None of the other forum posts related to this work because I don't have a keyboard attached to it and because the OS isn't loaded (can't get the Charms  bar so I can restart it that way or boot into Safe Mode or anything.)

A:Windows 8 tablet stuck on "Failure configuring Windows updates, reverting changes"

All right, I got it figured out - for Windows tablets, holding the Volume Down button while pressing the Power button will give you the Boot Options menu, so I used my 4-port USB hub (tablet has one micro USB port) and plugged in both a Windows 8 recovery
disk flash drive and a USB keyboard and mouse and did a System Restore from there.  Updates are still taking eons to install, but at least it's working now.

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I had to format and reinstall Windows 7 a few days ago. Now I can not get it to install SP1. I have gone through countless threads and how to's... nothing is working. I tried the Windows Fix It feature in the Windows Update program. I downloaded the Windows Update repair program. I tried disabling my antivirus, which is AVG free 2013. I also tried going to the MS download center to get the manual update file, but the page is just all gray. (see image) I don't know where to go from here.

A:Windows 7 SP1 failed to install...reverting

error code is 80070490
I tried uploading the CBS folder, but it wont let me

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Due to problems with quick books I had to revert from 10 back to7
When I did I had numerous problems with permissions and now I found that windows 7 backup task image is now corrupt
Any help?

A:reverting from Windows 10 back to 7

I upgraded to Windows 10 on July 30th from Win7.
Before I did I cloned my Win7 disk to another spare drive.
I periodically boot into that drive and after a few minutes it tries to Upgrade to Win10 and fails. I want it to stop doing that.
It probably fails because the upgrade files in the download folder are corrupt.
I have uninstalled KB3035583 and hidden it.
How do I stop Windows 7 from trying to upgrade to Windows 10?
I already called Windows Support and they were no help and they had no problems with me running Windows 7 and Windows 10 on the same machine as long as I didn't run them both at the same time (how could I?).

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Sorry to bother, could someone please help out?

My computer has gotten slowly all of a sudden during the last 2 weeks.

It takes several minutes when trying to open/rename/copy/move/deletes folders/files, and even longer when emptying the recycle bin. Same goes with opening some programs especially FireFox & Winamp.

I also keep getting this message "Windows Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience" It crashes every time I try to play certain videos, copying or moving files.

For the last couple years, I kept getting the message "Your system is low on virtual memory" My current memory is 256MB of RAM, I will buy another bar of RAM soon, still it's not an excuse for the sudden slowness, especially when I don't have powerful programs that requires the upgrade.

I have scanned with SpySweeper and Panda, both detected malware, unfortunately no fixing was done since both require payment to do so.

I scanned then with Ad-Aware, Spybot and AVG and fixed whatever they found.

I do have a log of Panda and screencap of SpySweeper, so if HJT log fails to be useful, I will provide the other 2 logs if requested.

I hope I provided enough information, and many thanks for taking the time to help out!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 12:23:39 PM, on 5/29/2009
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

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