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Written by xenocrisis0153
December 20th, 2008


srsly... WTF?

My computer was fine last night, but when I turned it on this morning, I was greeted with "Configuring Updates: Stage 3 of 3." Then the computer reboots and just does the same thing over and over again. Even starting in safe-mode does me no good. I've been trying to find the solution online, but all the articles that match my description are from last February.

The easy-solution seems to be... "oh, just start it up with the Vista Program DVD in your drive." Yeah... easy-solution... IF I HAD THE FRIGGIN' DISK!!!! Seriously, why do companies think they can rely on this fix-all if they don't give you a copy of the program on a disk when you buy a pre-installed OS???

So yeah, awesome way to start my 3-week vacation. So much for catching up on all that anime and American tv shows I had wanted to. I just pray that all my photos and my documents don't get flushed away by whatever craptastic solution Microsoft emails me tonight. And to think... just before I went to bed last night, I thought to myself, "maybe I should get an external hard-drive to back-up all my documents." I am going to expressing my rage throughout the mountains of Japan if I find out that all my documents are lost forever. Well, not that it would be a total wash... a lot of my photos are backed-up on websites like photobucket and webshots, but not all of them (since I can only upload 100/month, though I take at least 300-400/month).


anyone else have this problem? anyone have any good solutions? I'm using my friend's laptop now to do some research and keep up with email, but I hate having to rely on him so much. I was planning on working on my Kyoto/Osaka photos this weekend. >___<

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Unfortunately NO, but to speak on the manufacture behave, you could have made a bootable dvd disk when you just purchase your laptop, I know most people have no clue that that opion exciss in the first place.

any way, if you can boot in to save mode, maybe you are able to do what is call a system restore, this will rever your computer a day or so to a point before you install th last update, since what happen to you is typical from an update for US usage only, probable you never configure your laptop for japan updates, if for same reason this can't be done.

the above is the ease way to fix it, the hard way is to remove the HHD in question install a new one and re-install the software, then when your laptop is working get an HHD to PCMCS cable adapter and transfer the file from your old HHD to the new HHD install on the laptop.

but for this solution you will need to have the instalation disk that I mention before or purchase a brand new one, maybe you can get some one in USA to buy one from "tigerdirect or" and then send it to you, you may also get the download version from windowds marketplace online but you will need a working computer for that.

hope this will help you, I feel your pain.

by the way how are you able to do this blog I thouth you were doing it from your laptop?????

2008-12-20 01:38:48


come, come, as a good american I ready did not read all the way to the point where you mention you where using your friends computer.

2008-12-20 01:47:28


I also had the same problem 2 wks ago. My case is the worst: I dont even back up or run system restore. I was so hopeless that I just needed my com to run again. So I run a back up from the DEFAULT FACTORY by pressing Alt+F10 (seriously, wtf) and I have a 'brand new' com. My drive C was formatted. Everything gone. However, I feel a bit lucky that my other drives were intact (yes, the changes only affect the main drive).
So if u are hopeless and dont have anything important in the main drive, then may be u can try my way ^_^
Good luck, xeno!

2008-12-20 03:04:05

Error: You're Very Welcome

I feel for you, but at the same time, there was negligence on your part too. It's pretty much standard to back things up on a HD and get multiple copies of all your important documents because really, who knows? Even I've got the majority of my documents backed up on my external HD.

My PC keeps reminding me to back up my stuff every once in a while a way, Microsoft totally warned you that they'd fuck up somewhere down the road.

2008-12-20 03:39:53


hah yeah, I got so pissed off with Vista that I'm using Mac for my laptop.
My desktop is still XP though I'll probably also switch to Mac in the near future.

Anyway, xeno, I share your pain. Hope you don't need to reformat your com (at least hope none of the moe stuff gets lost). But yeah, like what fission said, we always need lots and lots of backups.

2008-12-20 03:52:32

make a linux liveboot cd is the one I'm currently using
You will begin you journey to the dark side known as linux.

I have a 8gb usb stick with everything i can need (Open Office, Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey(website stuff), ventrilo and torrent stuff.
If I need to use someones computer just boot from the usb and ignore their settings.

Plus its a great recovery tool for windows computers.
Lets me get a crashed windows box running and fix it without resorting to a separate computer and connection.

2008-12-20 07:12:14

configuring updates stage 3 of 3. 0% complete
Method 1: Start Windows Vista with the Windows installation media, and then use the Repair feature sorry Xeno for your lack of a proper disk...

Method 2: Start the system in safe mode, and then use the System Restore feature
Press F8 during boot and use the system restore point you should have...
your best choice.

Method 3: Rename the Pending.xml file, and then edit the registry (This method is part of the advanced troubleshooting.)
If you have any other method to get a command line (Maybe someone else vista disk or XP) you can do the first few steps with a linux boot cd and try restarting.

Type cd C:\windows\winsxs, and then press ENTER.
Type ren pending.xml pending.old, and then press ENTER.
Type regedit, and then press ENTER.
On the File menu, click Load Hive.
Locate the following folder:
When you are prompted for a name, type Offline_Components.
In Registry Editor, locate and then delete the following registry subkey:
HLKM\Offline Components\AdvancedInstallersNeedResolving
HKLM\Offline Components\PendingXmlIdentifier

2008-12-20 07:22:48

Where's the moe?

Seriously, if you want us to read the whole blog you need to put more moe in it for us. Okay, that was not serious at all.

I had a similar problem with my desk-top, but going into safe mode and rolling it back to a date before the latest update (Which was XP Service Pack 3) worked fine. It took me 3 more tries to update before it worked. Microsoft said there may have been an interuption is service that caused some lines of info to get missed. Once, fine. Twice, Okay I'll bite... but 3 times?! That's a little harder for me to grasp.

Ummm... Gome, this is your rant, not mine. Hope you can get that fixed quickly. And not so we can see the photos or your blogs, but so you can have some peace of mind and not feel cut off from the rest of the world. Much luck!

2008-12-20 09:29:56


Yes, agreed with Jack, more Moe!! jk jk.

a month ago my comp craped out on me so I lost everything reformating and than bang a few days later it happened again. Reformating is the most annoying thing ever next to windows updates that screw up my downloading every night while I sleep ;[ ;[

::shakes fist:: how dare you Microsoft screw with Xeno's day to day blogs!! Damn you!!

If it means anything If you were here or I was there I'd totally just give you one of my other computers here to use so you had a back up ! I figure if I sent one over there it would cost a fortune though huh?

Hope you computer gets some meds and feels better so we can see more Xeno bloggage and happy Xeno!

2008-12-20 10:32:08


Haha I can't provide any useful input.

Only a simple 'Amen' to your blog entry title ^^

2008-12-20 11:15:36


i hope you haven't already deleted everything. Your files are safe even if windows screws up. Unless it's a harddrive failure (which it isn't, cause windows still loads) you can use any kind of software that can read NTFS file systems. the best solution is probably to backup your files and put in watever OS you can find. here are a few suggestions

use ultimate boot CD
put everything on USB/externa drive
i am assuming you know how to burn iso to cd and boot into the cd
your files will be in C:/Users//
there is also a registry editor in that iso after you boot it up


if u have a blank external HD which is bigger than your laptop HD. use a partitioning program to copy entire partition to the external HD.
An other version of "bootNG" would do this, not sure if the new one works. i might be able to upload the older version if you need.

i were you, i would give up trying to fix windows, it rarely works, even when it does work, it works only partially, i sometimes end up reinstalling all programs, which is equivalent to reformatting

good luck

2008-12-20 13:56:30

The Easy Way

Xeno, if you don't have an install, boot, or repair disk you can download one free, legally. The only things that aren't free are serial numbers, which you don't need because you already have one.

May be a pain to do if you don't have access to another PC, but it's your best shot.

2008-12-20 18:54:10


xeno, if you have 2 partition of HDD (a.k.a C and D drive), then you can just format the C drive and install a fresh Windows, but you need to get one XP disc and that should be around US$100-150, depending where you get it.

But don't wipe out your HDD. If you have an external casing, you can take out your HDD and use the USB interface to transfer it to another PC.

2008-12-20 21:40:37


sorry for the delay in response... thanks for all the input. However, I am compustupid, so nothing here made sense to me. I know software, and thats about it... I know absolutely nothing about hardware.

I started a thread in the forums looking for advice since that place is easier to keep up with...

thread link

the latest update on my situation is that I burned a recovery CD off the internet and have been booting with the disk in the drive, but nothing has changed.

2008-12-23 07:07:11

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