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Vista Configuring Update Stage 2 of 3 100% Complete then reboot loop

After a windows update you get this…
Configuring Update Stage 2 of 3 100% Complete
Do Not Shutdown Your Computer

At this point the computer apparently goes into an endless loop


This is a Vista problem i see on a regular basis and here is how to fix it….

1) Boot from the Vista install disc (or any bootable disc that will allow access to the hard drive, i.e. Win PE, Vista PE or ERD disc) Jump to No 3) if using one of these boot discs

2) Choose your language and select the “Repair your computer” option.

3) Start a command prompt and delete/rename the following file. C:Windows\winsxs\pending.xml

4) Restart the PC, you’ll get the same ‘configuring updates’ screen but after a while it will boot to the desktop!!!