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My computer keeps restarting itself

When i turn my notebook on a blue screen pops up saying configuring updates: 3 of 3 complete do not shut down computer. And then it shuts down and comes back on. Its been like this for about 3 days, what do i do? PLEASE HELP! My computer is doing the same thing. It just started about 4 hours ago.
I tried restoring it to an earlier date...no luck. It keeps restarting over and over.

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What operating system are you using? Windows XP? What was the last thing installed? IE7 or regular Windows updates. Assuming Windows 2000 or higher, press F8 every couple of seconds during the initial boot process. Select "Safe Mode". Once at the desktop you have a couple of options depending on your configuration. Attempt "Start", "Programs", "Accessories", "System Tools", "System Restore". Following the prompts, choose the latest date in bold prior to the lastest installed software. If system restore is off, choose "Start", "Control Panel", "Add / Remove Software", remove IE7 or latest installed software.

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    I've managed to get into safe mode in some instances. This occurs with Windows XP as well.

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From what I have seen, this could spell doom for your installation.  Lots of people have been forced to reformat their computers after seeing this.  Before taking such extreme measures I would first try a repair installation using the following steps:

  1. Insert the Vista DVD that you received with your computer.
  2. Let the computer boot from CD.  It should say "Press any key to boot from CD"
  3. If your computer will not boot from CD, press DEL when the computer first turns on to enter the BIOS and look for a boot options menu.  This will allow you to specify if the computer will look for a boot device from the hard drive or CD first.  Make sure your CD/DVD drive is at the top of the list.
  4. When you boot from the Vista DVD you will be asked if you want to repair your computer.  Say yes to this and follow the steps to perform a system repair/repair installation.
This will preserve your data and fix any file system issues that is causing this to happen to you.

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Acer computers are clashing with the new version of AVG anti virus. If you have AVG, see the AVG site - their answer is no use. Remove AVG in the safe mode in control and use another product. (The safe mode boot stops on an AVG file) I had been using AVG for a year before it occurred.
Start the computer and keep pressing F8 twice a second until safe mode occurs, go to control panel and delete AVG, reboot and perhaps you will be lucky.

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Step 1: Shut down your PC completely.
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Step 4: As soon as you reach "Windows Advanced option" use your down arrow keys to choose an option called "Last know good configuration".
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Please use this solution thta I have placed on this forum.
Please follow exactly these steps then you computer should be working again.
I have used the following solution.
Restart computer.press f8 then choose option restore computer.
choose option open command.
type: prompt winsxs (press enter)
type: move C:\windows\winsxs\pending.xml text.xml (press enter)
type: exit and restart computer.
Computer should be working again.
good luck.
hope it works for you.
pieter.

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  1. Start laptop
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  5. On the Windows Start page select "Last known good configuration" and press enter twice
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