Wednesday, March 3, 2010

what to do when Vista is stuck on the "configuring updates" screen

This happened to my auntie a couple of months ago. I didn't really think it was that serious since I wasn't a fun of Vista back then and I thought it was a problem with her copy of Windows Vista. But I have come to realize that it is a major Vista flaw affecting about 89.5% if Vista owners including my *sweedy*

Also I had to put this up since I recently restored my machine back to vista after Win7 build 7600 wasn't running smooth enough as build 7100 did for me. I hope it helps solve the problem for everyone out there and also that I can look back to this when my vista starts acting funny.



Reboot machine and press F8 before the windows vista screen appears...then choose repair....then select command prompt....the do the following

1. Type cd C:\windows\winsxs and then press ENTER.
2. Type ren pending.xml pending.old and then press ENTER.
3. Type regedit and then press ENTER.
4. Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. Now click on the File menu and then click Load Hive.
Locate the following folder:
When you are prompted for a name, type Offline_Components.
5. In Registry Editor, locate and then delete the following registry subkey:
HLKM\Offline Components\AdvancedInstallersNeedResolving
HKLM\Offline Components\PendingXmlIdentifier
6. Type exit and restart your computer.

This should solve the problem....and once you are inside your  machine click on the updates icon and choose to install updates manually.



1. Use the reset button to restart or just pull the battery out and then restart the computer
2. would prompt you about not being shutdown properly. (if it didn't just keep pressing F8 as soon as the pc starts to boot)
3. Choose Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
4. Change directory to c:\windows by doing the following:
type "cd c:\windows" without the exclamation marks
then "ren c:\windows\SoftwareDistribution c:\windows\SoftwareDistribution.old" also without the exclamation marks
5. Reboot



1. Insert your Vista install disc into your drive and boot from it or just reboot your laptop and keep pressing F8 as it starts to boot, if it works it would give you a couple of options to boot from.
2. Select "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" from the list.
3. Type cd c:\Windows
4. Type cd WinSxS
5. Type del pending.xml
6. Exit and reboot

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