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      After seeing the green light from Woody for October’s patches, and waiting another day until a full backup had run on schedule, I gave Windows permission to install the four updates in the queue. In retrospect, I should have done them one at a time. anyway, the first time the “Waiting to configure Windows…” screen came up, it stuck for 45 minutes, and I was preparing for the worst (after a bad update had taken me to tarnation and back last December-January). Finally I forced a reboot. This time the screen, after a short bit, ran it’s little percentage-installed notification and then rebooted. Then the Waiting-to-configure screen came up again and, after some promising hard drive activity, stuck. After about 20 minutes, I forced another reboot. The screen reappeared but, without any other indication, disappeared after some 15 seconds and Windows booted.

      I let the hard drive activity fade before logging it, and then again waited till the background ops calmed down. Windows then gave the little pop-up saying it had updated. The updates log says the four (two critical, two recommended) were indeed successfully installed, and the restore point log is up to date.

      I’m assuming I somehow dodged the bullet this time, but I don’t know (should I want to?) what caused the hiccups.

      I’ll be moving to the leaky world of W10 before doomsday, with a new machine. But close calls like this almost tempt me (not quite) to go Linux.

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      I had a similar experience. On reboot it said Configuring Windows Update but got stuck at 100%. Forced reboot then stuck at 35% on 2nd reboot. After 1 hour 10 mins said Cleaning Up – this took 20mins and I started in Safe Mode OK. Then restarted normally OK. Spent some time running check disk. All seems OK. After many hours I wiped the sweat off my brow!

      I ran XP for a year past it’s support expiring – always taking care and having other security measures in place. Might do the same for Windows 7. With over 84 apps installed I can’t face reinstalling so many so I may risk an in-place update to 10. But that will mean making the C: partition bigger and other partitions smaller or moving to another hard disk. Time and money and stress for no apparent benefits in Windows 10 for me.


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