Server 2008 Stuck Reverting Changes
Hello, I have a relatively new Windows Server 2008 VM (under VMware) that has developed a problem where it is stuck in a loop of trying to revert a failed Windows Update. I've done everything I can think of and I've googled extensively and I cannot for the life of me get this thing to get out of the loop - it even goes to that screen in safe mode. Is there some way to block server 2008 from knowing an update was previously attempted so it will let me in so I can extract my data and rebuild the VM? Whatever it is has to be able ot be done from WinRE because there seems to be no possible way to get past the "Updates were not configured correctly. Reverting changes." screen. This is Windows Server 2008 64-bit. Thanks, -Jeff
August 10th, 2010 8:38pm

Hello, i would start with stopping automatic update service and delete the c:\windows\softwaredistribution folder and start the service again. Often this solves problem with windowsupdate.comBest regards Meinolf Weber Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.
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August 11th, 2010 11:32am

Hello Jeff, I suggest trying below: 1. Boot the VM from Windows Server 2008 installation DVD. 2. Select your language settings, and then click Next . 3. In the Setup window, click Repair your computer . 4. In the System Recovery Options window, select the operating system, and then click Next . 5. In the System Recovery Options window, click Command Prompt . 6. Type the following commands and press ENTER after each command: icacls c:\windows\winsxs\pending.xml /grant administrators:F del c:\windows\winsxs\pending.xml reg load HKLM\BaseSystem c:\windows\system32\config\system reg delete HKLM\BaseSystem\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager /v SetupExecute reg add HKLM\BaseSystem\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager /v SetupExecute /t REG_MULTI_SZ 7. Type Exit and then press ENTER. 8. In the System Recovery Options window, click Restart . Can you boot into your VM now? If so, please backup your important files and then rebuild the VM. Tim Quan TechNet Subscriber Support in forum If you have any feedback on our support, please contact tngfb@microsoft.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
August 11th, 2010 11:33am

Hello Jeff, How are things going? I have not heard back from you in a few days and wanted to check on the status of the issue. Please let me know how things turned out. Tim Quan TechNet Subscriber Support in forum If you have any feedback on our support, please contact tngfb@microsoft.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.
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August 16th, 2010 4:51am

I've got a very similar issue. Installed 2k8x64 clean from the CD/ISO into a VM on a ESX4.0 host. 40gb volume, so there's plenty of space for the OS, etc. It installs cleanly. Joins the domain fine. Then when WSUS pushes out ~70 updates, they seemingly install fine. But after a reboot I get it reverting changes. Once it finally finishes, a LONG time later, it restarts, prompts to install updates again, and back into the reversion loop again, after another reboot. Is there some windows update, that has serious issues w/ an ESX host?
August 19th, 2010 1:12am

Hi Kent, This could be an update reoffering issue. You can check whether these updates have been installed on your computer. If so, you can ignore the re-offering and hide the updates. Please discuss further in the WSUS forum: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverwsus/threads Tim Quan
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August 19th, 2010 5:13am

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