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Anurwhoa (Associate) 9/13/2012 6:05 PM EST : Computer Issues
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My computer is a Alienware 17" laptop using window v7.  I keep getting the message to install windows updates.  Go to the action center and download them. They go through their process and ask for a restart it then goes through the restart and around 36% installation a message pops up stating Configuration failure reverting ....then starts again.

Any clues? Hints?
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Grumio93 (Associate) 9/13/2012 7:02 PM EST : RE: Computer Issues

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I'm by no means a computing expert nor an IT specialist, but whenever I have PC issues I load up Event Viewer. Just type it into your Windows search bar and it'll come up.

Look through both the Windows directory and Applications directory in the top-left corner to see if you notice patterns in the errors which must be there in the day-to-day routines (heh, kinda pun-ish) of your machine. Event Viewer keeps a record of every little "event" that Windows experiences. Jot down the error codes (although that isn't always helpful), any noticeable sequences/patterns, etc, and google it. You'll notice the recorded events and errors tend mostly to be when the machine boots up and shuts down, but often they'll occur after certain applications close or when using a web browser. You'll also see such things as Lotro Client CTDs, which I've noted in the past to detect a sound card issue I was having with Lotro.

If it's trouble you can't fix at least you'll some inkling of what the trouble may be. Google isn't always the most helpful when the top hits are people spamming their woes as unregistered users on public forums. Professional help can be costly, but Alienware's handy little Respawn software can always restore your machine to factory settings. You may want to back up a lot of your data beforehand, of course.

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Anurwhoa (Associate) 9/13/2012 8:46 PM EST : RE: Computer Issues
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Thanks - holy info overload batman!
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Py (SuperAdmin) 9/13/2012 10:12 PM EST : RE: Computer Issues
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When in doubt "Google"!
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Panathar (SuperAdmin) 9/14/2012 12:53 AM EST : RE: Computer Issues
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I had a Windows update that just downloaded this morning and it gave me a "Windows Configuration" message on restart.  Then I never saw the screen again.  Had to safe mode log and do a system restore.  I'd do a system restore Anur.  Take it to the point just before that update, then try and figure out what you can. 

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CGDrakken (Member) 9/14/2012 8:57 PM EST : RE: Computer Issues

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Try this:
Under Computer management so to services, then scroll down to Windows Update.  Stop Windows Update.  Then go to C:\Windows and look for a folder called SoftwareDistribution.  Rename that folder to SDTemp.  Restart Windows Update service, it will recreate a new SoftwareDistribution folder.  Then go out to Windows update and try again.

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Anurwhoa (Associate) 9/15/2012 2:00 AM EST : RE: Computer Issues
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irishbrutha said:
I had a Windows update that just downloaded this morning and it gave me a "Windows Configuration" message on restart.  Then I never saw the screen again.  Had to safe mode log and do a system restore.  I'd do a system restore Anur.  Take it to the point just before that update, then try and figure out what you can. 

-Shaun


Actually thought of that - unfortunately my son (trying to be good) did a system defrag, sweep and clean.
My oldest restore is only about 6 days old which is after this problem started. :\
Tried it anyway - systems restored failed.
Tried second time with a closer date - same results.
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Anurwhoa (Associate) 9/15/2012 2:30 AM EST : RE: Computer Issues
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CGDrakken said:
Try this:
Under Computer management so to services, then scroll down to Windows Update.  Stop Windows Update.  Then go to C:\Windows and look for a folder called SoftwareDistribution.  Rename that folder to SDTemp.  Restart Windows Update service, it will recreate a new SoftwareDistribution folder.  Then go out to Windows update and try again.


Excellent step by step instructions- swing and a miss.....
Failure Configuration Windows Updates - Reverting Changes.
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CGDrakken (Member) 9/15/2012 2:43 PM EST : RE: Computer Issues

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Go into Windows updates and apply them one at a time.  Then you can see which one is causing the issue and look it up.  Also click on check for updates on the left hand side so it will go out and check again incase one of the updates is bad and they released a new one to replace it.

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Anurwhoa (Associate) 9/16/2012 2:36 PM EST : RE: Computer Issues
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Thanks Drakken isolated the trouble maker.
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