my dell , windows vista home starting problem

October 17, 2010 at 15:16:04
Specs: Windows vista home basic
I've read a number of threads on this but most seem old and slightly different. I have an HP machine (1 year old and fully loaded) running Vista Home Premium. Had zero issues .... until .... Sunday night when I s--- the PC down and it started installing automatic updates. I let it do it's thing and when I came down in the morning it was frozen. I hard booted it but it then would load until the screen saying 'Configuring Updates - 0% complete' after which it would reboot within a few seconds ... and it would do this again and again and again ....
I have researched extensively and so far tried:
System Repair - it fails and says it can not find OS files
System Restore - it hangs for 12+ hours (after which I shut it off) on the 'finalizing restore' phase
safe Mode - does not work, still tries to configure updates and reboots.
At this point I do not want to reinstall Windows as I have a ton of data on my drive that I would lose.
Any help much appreciated.

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October 27, 2010 at 12:02:26

Try this. Boot your pc and then press F8 key. When the menu appears select where it says "Last Known Good Cinfiguration" and then press enter. Let Windows start and it may help to solve your problem. If you succeed please email me on to let me know

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