How do I get my computer out of update loop?

Answered by Robert Flynn

To get your computer out of an update loop, there are a few steps you can follow. Please note that these steps are specifically for Windows 10.

1. Restart your computer in Safe Mode: This can help troubleshoot the issue and allow you to access your computer without the update loop interrupting. To do this, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete. Hold the Shift key and click the power button, then select Restart.

2. Use System Restore: If you have a restore point created before the update loop started, you can use System Restore to roll back your computer to a previous state. To do this, go to the Start menu and search for “System Restore.” Open the System Restore tool and follow the prompts to select a restore point and restore your computer.

3. Uninstall problematic updates: If you can access your computer in Safe Mode, you can try uninstalling the updates that caused the loop. Go to the Start menu and search for “Control Panel.” Open the Control Panel and navigate to “Programs” > “Programs and Features” > “View installed updates.” Look for the recent updates that might be causing the loop, right-click on them, and select Uninstall.

4. Disable automatic updates temporarily: In some cases, disabling automatic updates can help break the update loop. To do this, go to the Start menu and search for “Windows Update Settings.” Open the Windows Update settings and click on “Advanced options.” Under the “Choose when updates are installed” section, select “Notify to schedule restart.” This way, you can manually control when updates are installed.

5. Perform a clean boot: A clean boot can help identify if any third-party software or services are causing conflicts with the updates. To perform a clean boot, press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box. Type in “msconfig” and press Enter. In the System Configuration window, go to the “Services” tab and check the box that says “Hide all Microsoft services.” Then, click on “Disable all.” Next, go to the “Startup” tab and click on “Open Task Manager.” In the Task Manager window, disable all startup items. Close the Task Manager and click on OK in the System Configuration window. Restart your computer and see if the update loop persists.

6. Seek professional help: If none of the above steps work, it may be best to seek assistance from a professional technician or contact Microsoft support for further guidance. They may be able to provide more specific solutions or recommend additional troubleshooting steps based on your specific situation.

Remember, it’s always a good idea to back up your important files and data before attempting any major changes to your computer’s system.