Vista Stuck on Reboot Loop “Configuring Updates Stage 3 of 3 0%”

This is one of those extremely frustrating MS things. So here are a couple of solutions.

A. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A RESTORE POINT

1. Insert your Vista CD/DVD into your drive and boot from it. (Alternately, you can hit F8 before windows loads. )
2. Select “Repair your Computer” from the list.  ( NOTE YOU HAVE TO HAVE the Administrative login for the computer)
3. Select “Command Prompt” from the recovery choices.
4. At the command prompt change your directory type the following
- C:
- cd\Windows
- cd  WinSxS
5. Type: 
 - del pending.xml
6. Exit and reboot
** YOU MAY SEE THE Message of “configuring updates stage 3 of 3 0%”  Again …. LET IT FINISH – It should take you to your login.
and you’re all set.

B. THESE METHODS ASSUME YOU HAVE A RESTORE POINT
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949358

Method 1: Start Windows with the Windows installation disc, and then use the Repair feature

Note If your computer is not configured to start from a CD or from a DVD, see the documentation that was included with the computer for instruction about how to continue, or go to method 2, “Start the computer in safe mode, and then use the system restore feature.” If you continue with this method, you may have to change the computer basic input/output system BIOS settings.

When you start your computer by using the Windows installation disc, you can perform system recovery options on startup. To do this, follow these steps:

Note If Windows was preinstalled on the computer, you may not have the Windows installation disc. If you do not have it, go to method 2.

Start Windows :

  1. Insert the Windows Vista installation disc in the drive, and then restart the computer.
  2. When you are prompted to start from the disc, press any key.
  3. When you are prompted, configure the Language to install, Time and currency format, and Keyboard or input method options that you want, and then click Next.
  4. On the next page, click Repair your computer.

Select a restore point:

  1. On the System Recovery Options page, click the version of the Windows operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
  2. On the System Recovery Options page, click System Restore.
  3. On the System Restore page, click Next.
  4. Select a restore point at which you know that the operating system was working, and then click Next.The restore point should be a date before the first time that you experienced the problem that is described in the “Symptoms” section. To select a date, use the Choose a different restore point option, and then click Next.
  5. If you are prompted to specify which disk to restore, select the hard disk on which the operating system is installed, and then click Next.
  6. On the Confirm your restore point page, click Finish.
  7. When the restoration process is complete, click Restart.

Note To prevent this problem in the future, see the steps in the “More Information” section to manually install the update for Windows.

Note For more information about how to use the System Recovery options, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

For Windows Vistahttp://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/5c59f8c1-b0d1-4f1a-af55-74f3922f3f351033.mspx#EX (http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/5c59f8c1-b0d1-4f1a-af55-74f3922f3f351033.mspx#EX)
For For Windows 7http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Startup-Repair-frequently-asked-questions (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Startup-Repair-frequently-asked-questions)

These Web sites include options to use when the manufacturer has installed the System Recovery options on the computer.

If this method worked for you, you are finished. If method 1 did not work or if you do not have the Windows installation disc, try method 2.

Method 2: Start the computer in safe mode, and then use the System Restore feature

Starting your computer in safe mode prevents several software programs and drivers from starting. This can help troubleshoot the system problem.

To start your computer in safe mode and use the System Restore feature, follow these steps.

Start in safe mode:

  1. Make sure that there are no floppy disks, CDs, or DVDs in the computer, and then start the computer.
  2. Use one of the following procedures, as appropriate for your situation:
    • If a single operating system is installed, press and hold the F8 key as the computer starts. You must press F8 before the Windows logo appears. If the Windows logo appears, turn off the computer and then restart it.
    • If more than one operating system is installed, use the arrow keys to highlight the operating system that you want to start in safe mode, and then press F8.
  3. On the Advanced Boot Options screen, use the arrow keys to select the safe mode option that you want, and then press ENTER. Any of the safe mode options will work.

Use the System Restore feature:

  1. Click Start, type system restore in the Start Search box or Search programs and files, and then click System Restore under the Programs section.
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    User Account Control permission

    If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.

  2. On the System Restore page, click Next.
  3. Select a restore point at which you know that the operating system was working, and then click Next.The restore point should be a date before the first time that you experienced the problem that is described in the “Symptoms” section. To select a date, use the Choose a different restore point option, and then click Next.
  4. If you are prompted to specify the disk to restore, select the hard disk on which the operating system is installed, and then click Next.
  5. On the Confirm your restore point page, click Finish.
  6. When the restoration process is complete, click Restart.

And that should be it.

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