Windows Vista - Up[dates jammed in continual loop

Asked By John on 28-Feb-11 11:41 AM
I have the Vista operating system which was working perfectly. When I downloaded updates the whole operating system is jammed with the following message "Configuring updates: Stage 3 of 3 - 0% complete"
The computer tries to download then switches off. Starting it we get to the same message and just go one big continual loop. I cannot do anything to move from this point. ANY HELP would be most welcome as I am at my wits end with it!!
Mike Manny replied to John on 28-Feb-11 02:05 PM
Put this where you also posted it, but again

REboot your machine, keep hitting F8 and go into safe mode, then....

From http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_vista-windows_update/latest-vista-update-stuck-in-stage-3restart-loop/2f70b13c-9db4-4bf9-90ee-7ca63a809973


Use the System Recovery options to rename the Pending.xml file and edit
the registry:

On the System Recovery Options page, click Command Prompt.

Type cd C:\windows\winsxs, and then press ENTER.

Type ren pending.xml pending.old, and then press ENTER.

Type regedit, and then press ENTER.

Select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

On the File menu, click Load Hive.

Locate the following folder:

C:\windows\system32\config\components

When you are prompted for a name, type Offline_Components.

In Registry Editor, locate and then delete the following registry
subkey:

HLKM\Offline Components\AdvancedInstallersNeedResolving

HKLM\Offline Components\PendingXmlIdentifier

Exit Registry Editor:

At the command prompt, type exit to exit Registry Editor.

Press ENTER.

Click Restart.

Also, refer to this

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949358