Have two different PCs that are stuck in endless windows update loops at the mo, one is win7 desktop and one’s a win10 laptop. Is there some easy way around it? Takes like an hour each time and then reverts anyway. Infuriating.
Solution: get a mac haha
I can’t remember how to fix it but I remember causing the same problem because my laptop shut down before the updates had properly completed.
I think there might be a way of looking up your update history and deleting any unsuccessful attempts, which might break the loop.
I’m no Theo but thought that might be why it’s happened.
This happened to me ages ago. I cant remember exactly but I think I booted in safe mode, and either launched msconfig or run windows update manually selecting the updates individually until I found the bad one.
I’d start by booting in safe mode and disabling Windows update (not easy in Win 10 I think, but pretty simple in Win 7).
I went for the nuclear option and reset the laptop to factory settings and re-installed all software and updates from scratch, It was a pain, but got there eventually. Before I did that, I removed the HDD and mounted it as an external drive on another laptop and backed up anything that I had not previously backed up before. Of course.
The desktop is a fresh install
Had something similar, and it was caused by something really banal like a USB mouse driver. Uninstalled the mouse, then the update worked fine - maybe try randomly deleting peripherals?
have solved it on the PC desktop at least by running the ‘make windows update not be shit’ troubleshooting thing - why didn’t I think of that!
gonna try it on my laptop later