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RunningMn9
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Windows Update Rage

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So I needed to do something on my wife's computer last night, and it was like "Hey there RM9, I've got this cumulative update package to install, but I kinda need to reboot", so I was all like "Yeah man, you've got to update, I get it. I have a few things to do so restart, handle your business and then I'll handle my business...".

That was at 10:30 last night. It installed some updates, rebooted, and then it's been stuck on a blank screen since then. If you move the mouse, a cursor appears with a spinning blue wheel, and the hard drive light is consistently doing *something* for the past 11 hours. The only other sign of life is that all of the shared drives on that machine are up and accessible to me.

WTF am I supposed to do with this? Rebooting didn't help. Rebooting to the WinRE environment and trying to do a system restore didn't help. I guess Safe Mode, and if that doesn't work, a reinstall?

Also - is there a better way to get to Safe Mode from a cold boot than doing three successive cold boots? That seems stupid, although that's what Microsoft told me to do. I cannot get into Windows at all, so I cannot use the normal way to set that up through Windows.

If anyone has ever resolved a situation like this, please advise. :)
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Re: Windows Update Rage

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Try performing a Start-up Repair, preferably using a Windows 10 installation disc or flash drive to more easily boot into the recovery environment (thereby avoiding the necessity of three successive cold boots). If that doesn't help, you'll likely need to go through the other steps listed there.
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Re: Windows Update Rage

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Anonymous Bosch wrote:Try performing a Start-up Repair, preferably using a Windows 10 installation disc or flash drive to more easily boot into the recovery environment (thereby avoiding the necessity of three successive cold boots). If that doesn't help, you'll likely need to go through the other steps listed there.
Thanks for the tip. I made a USB flash drive to install and tried all of the recovery options (startup recovery, restore points, etc). Every option produced some sort of cryptic error.

I ended up just reinstalling windows and everything appears to be in proper order.

What a pain in the ass.
And in banks across the world
Christians, Moslems, Hindus, Jews
And every other race, creed, colour, tint or hue
Get down on their knees and pray
The raccoon and the groundhog neatly
Make up bags of change
But the monkey in the corner
Well he's slowly drifting out of range

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