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Old 12-07-2013, 11:23 AM   #1
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I have a notebook running Windows 7 ultimate and recently installed a program called Deep Freeze, which removes any changes every time the machine is rebooted unless an admin bypass is used before restarting.
Unfortunately, I should have, but forgot to reconfigure windows update so that it would not be installing new updates on every restart. So now when I start the laptop it goes to the configuring update 1 of 91 etc. screen, goes through the updates, restarts, at which point deep freeze kicks in and removes the updates, so that they are started all over again. So upon reboot how can I prevent/stop that configuring updates operation so I can get into windows and fix the cause of the problem? Is something like the old windows 98 start in safe-mode option available with windows 7?
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Old 12-07-2013, 12:51 PM   #3
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Those solutions require configuring deep freeze prior to the first updates and prior to shutting the computer down and will be helpful later.
At this point in time, I need to know how to stop the perpetual loop that is preventing my laptop from starting up - preferably by cancelling the windows update configuration process that is launched automatically upon each restart, and then is re-launched because deepfreeze nixed the updates.
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Hi, Vista had a habit of getting stuck in an endless update loop, Seven not so frequent, this fix was written for this, if you can boot to safe mode "advanced" and select the "Repair your computer" option then do so, if not you will need to boot from your OS dvd (may have to access BIOS to make cd rom first boot device)

In the RE (repair your computer) select command prompt, at the x sources prompt type:-

bcdedit | find "osdevice" (exactly as shown here) press enter ( the | is called a pipe and appears above the \ on your keyboard ) This cmd tells us what the Virtual RE ram drive has assigned the OS a drive letter, not always the same as the normal, usually C:, lets assume C:, if not use what shows.

C: (press enter) next type:-

cd C:\windows\winsxs (press enter).

Next type:- ren pending.xml pending.old (press enter).

Next Type:- regedit (press enter)


On the File menu, click Load Hive

The select hive location will open, browse to C:\windows\system32

Locate the following folder: C:\windows\system32\config\components, click to select.

When you are prompted for a name, type:- Offline_Components

In Registry Editor,you will now see a key "Offline_ components" expand the + & locate and then delete the following registry subkeys:-

HKLM\Offline Components\AdvancedInstallersNeedResolving

HKLM\Offline Components\PendingXmlIdentifier

Go back to the key Offline_ components and highlight it go to "file menu" and select unload hive.

Restart computer

You should be able to get back into windows, next go to start search and type:- cmd, right click on the returned cmd.exe and select "run as administrator" at the prompt type, pressing enter after each line:-

Net stop wuauserv
cd %systemroot%
Ren SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old

This should allow you to reconfigure deepfreeze, restart computer. Let us know how you get on.

EDIT:- since you have a laptop, I'am guessing you won't have an OS dvd, this site will get you a copy of the RE, read it carefully all you need is on the site (they work well I have tested them)

Download a repair/ recovery cd for Windows 8, 7 and windows Vista
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