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When I start my computer (Windows 7 Pro 32-bit) I get the following message:

Configuring Windows Updates

0% Complete

Do not turn of your computer

This stays on the screen for about 5 minutes, then it says

Failure to configure Windows updates.

Reverting changes .

And then boots normally.

This only started happening a few days ago, and as far as I am aware, I haven't changed anything significantly, I'm assuming it is because of a Windows Update that it installed itself.

Anyone know how I can get rid of this?

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What's the hexa error number? – r0ca Sep 30 '10 at 18:20
It doesn't give one, all it says is what I posted above. – DanielGibbs Sep 30 '10 at 18:47
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I had exactly the same problem this morning 64-bit win7. I usually choose the option for windows to update itself when I shut down the computer.

To try to get around the problem I started Windows Update manually. Told it to install the updates and then rebooted when it asked to.

Next upstart was normal and the problem was gone.

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And if this doesn't work, manually running Windows Update will at least tell you WHICH update is failing. – Velociraptors Sep 30 '10 at 19:53
Thanks Nifle and Velociraptors, doing a manual Windows Update fixed the problem. – DanielGibbs Oct 1 '10 at 5:01

Same problem happened to me yesterday on my Win7 64-bit laptop. I was able to (finally) update successfully when I disconnected the Dell external monitor. From what I have gathered online this may have to do with hardware, so I'd try disconnecting all external hardwares, remove all memories cards and give it another shot.

[Update] It happened to me again, and unplugging the ext. monitor didn't work this time. I went into windows update and updated the packages manually rather than waiting for them to install during shutdown, and I was able to install reboot successfully.

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Ah, that's quite possible, seeing as I had an external monitor also when I had the problem. – DanielGibbs May 2 '11 at 11:06

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