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Yesterday when booting my PC I got stuck at Configuring Windows Update. The percentage wouldn't go past 0%. I ended up doing a system restore in order to get my PC back up and running. At which point it started downloading windows updates again (assuming they were the same updates).

Today I power my machine on and I'm right back at square one, Configuring Windows Updates wont go past 0%

I checked the event viewer and found many errors. The one I thought was rather interesting was “A device attached to the system is not functioning.”.

I then looked through the device manager and found a device which the computer wasn't recognizing Other PCI Devices – PCI Input Device. I believe this might be an extra NIC card that I have installed which is very old. BTW, this device has been in my computer the whole time that Windows 7 has been installed. I don't believe the machine ever knew what it was. It wasn't a problem till now.

If this is the problem will disabling this PCI device tell windows to ignore the device and finish the patching? Finally would anyone have any other suggestions?

asked Apr 29 '11 at 18:57

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My dad got the same problem, or at least it was similar. The updates got installed after shutting down the computer(when the shield appears on the shutdown button), when it turned on again configuring windows updates stayed for minutes at 0% and later said it had a problem and the updates reverted back. We fixed this by updating manually (not in shutdown) and they configured like always. See if that helps.

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answered Apr 29 '11 at 19:44

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edited Apr 29 '11 at 20:52

Do you mean changing the recommended setting to Check for updates but let me decide whether to download and install them?

(Apr 29 '11 at 20:24) Jonesm Jonesm's gravatar image

just click on the icon on the toolbar. And press install. Then let it restart.

(Apr 29 '11 at 20:53) Patxi Patxi's gravatar image

By doing this I've avoided the problem. Also found out which update was causing the problem, the Nvidia update. Wasn't able to install it through windows update or from Nvidia's website.

(Apr 29 '11 at 22:56) Jonesm Jonesm's gravatar image

so you solve it?

(Apr 30 '11 at 07:58) Patxi Patxi's gravatar image

It's working now. Fixed it the same way you mentioned. Thanks!

(Apr 30 '11 at 09:15) Jonesm Jonesm's gravatar image

Is this the Windows SP1 your updating?

If so my installation got fucked as well.

answered Apr 29 '11 at 19:34

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edited Apr 29 '11 at 19:34

I'm not sure what update its doing. Pretty sure its not sp1 though. I already had that.

(Apr 29 '11 at 19:42) Jonesm Jonesm's gravatar image

I had this on my Mums laptop, turn it off and boot into safe mode. Then it will say it failed.

You may then boot into Windows and try the update again.

answered Apr 29 '11 at 19:42

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Just go into windows update and uncheck all of the updates, Check one and reboot, carry on this process until you find the one that is causing the problem. Hide the update and Check all of the others. Install and your done.

answered Apr 30 '11 at 15:03

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