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My emachine is stuck cycling at start up

My husband was trying to back up and restore. I'm not sure if it was cut off too soon. But now the computer is stuck cycling at start up. First the Windows(we have Vista) error recovery screen comes up. It doesn't matter which mode is chosen; it goes to a screen that says- Configuring updates: stage 3 of 3 0% complete. Do not turn off your computer. Eventually it goes to 94% complete then goes to a screen saying Shutting Down. The screen goes blank however the power button is still lit up. It then blinks a few times and goes back to the Configuring updates:stage 3 of 3 0%. It does this over and over. We have tried unplugging it as well. We're not sure if it's trashed or fixable.

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  • publicmontes Jan 10, 2009

    Oops, my emachinein the problem above is a T5224 PC desktop model not a T2742.

  • publicmontes Jan 10, 2009

    Wow, thanks for the quick responses. When safe mode is selected is goes to the Loading Windows Files screen and works for a few seconds then "please wait..." comes up at the bottom of the screen. There is a whirring sound and the screen goes blank. THen the windows symbol and then back to the configuring updates screen. I tried F8 but nothing happens. It does not respond. How can I get past that screen?

  • ehm001 Feb 19, 2009

    My T5224 will not stop cycling from Configuring updates: 3 out 3 93%updated. I've tried all the suggestions and nothing seems to work . Does anyone else have another solution to this problem? I would really appreciate it.


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No computer is trash when you are dealing with a software issue.

boot up and tap on the f8 key... when you get to that screen... choose safe mode... if it successfully boots.... go to start menu... and restart again... it should boot... if it wants to do the update let it.... if still nothing.... f8 again and choose last known good configuration


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    Roberta Smith Jan 10, 2009

    you need to hit f8 as you are booting up.... i would suggest first unplugging the computer for about five minutes... plug it back in and start again


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Go to safe mode,
Open up an command window (Start > all programs > Accessories > Command) Run the following commands one by one;
net stop "Automatic Updates" del /f /s /q %windir%\SoftwareDistribution\*.* net start "Automatic Updates" wuauclt.exe /detectnow

Reboot the computer normally.

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    Prashant Bharadwaj Jan 10, 2009

    1. net stop "Automatic Updates"

    2. del /f /s /q %windir%\SoftwareDistribution\*.*

    3. net start "Automatic Updates"

    4. wuauclt.exe /detectnow


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