There is on rare occasion an issue where Windows Vista, ultimately Windows 7 and even Windows Server 2008 will get stuck on patching. It does not happen often at all, but on the very very rare time that it does, it gives you a heart attack for sure. Not to worry, it’s something that one can recover from.
The symptoms are that the server stays on Configuring updates Stage 3 of
3 0% completed and stays there forever. Meanwhile you have a heart attack.
First rule, don’t panic.
Second rule, take a deep breath and find your install media. Remember to hit F8 to get into the recovery console.
But here’s the workaround:
– Using the install media, the server was booted into the recovery console.
– In the following directory, c:\windows\winsxs, the pending.xml file was
These two steps allowed the server to boot back into the desktop.
The issue is similar to this:
The update is not installed successfully, you receive a message, and the computer restarts when you try to install an update in Windows Vista: