Failure configuring Windows updates. Reverting changes

If your Windows 10/8/7 system gives you a message Failure configuring Windows updates, Reverting changes, Do not  turn off your computer message, then this post may help you troubleshoot the issue.

Failure configuring Windows updates

Failure configuring updates. Reverting changes. Do not  turn off your computer

If you are facing this issue, your computer will normally take 20-30 minutes to revert the changes. Here are a few steps you may want to try and see if it helps resolve your problem.

1] First, you should try and restart your Windows computer and then try to install Windows Updates again. See if this helps.

2] If it does not, then run the Windows Update Troubleshooter. Although Windows includes a built-in troubleshooter, download one from there as it includes more fixes.

3] Perform a System Restore operation and then try again.

4] Run msconfig.exe, select the Services tab, select Hide all Microsoft services and Disable all and Exit. Now restart your computer and run Windows Update.

5] Start your computer in Clean Boot State and see if you can now install the Windows Updates. Installing Windows updates in a clean boot state prevents them being blocked by some Windows Services and software – includings security software.

6] Navigate to C\Windows\WinSxS\ folder, search for a pending.xml file and rename it. You may even delete it. This will allow Windows Update to delete pending tasks and build a fresh new update check. See if this helps.


7] Run System File Checker.

8] Use the Deployment Imaging and Servicing Management (DISM) tool.

Run DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Scanhealth  first.

Then run DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth to repair your Windows Image.

Once the scan is completed, restart and try again.

9] Navigate to C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download folder and delete its contents. Restart you computer and try now.

10] Repair your Windows installation. Windows 8 users may want to consider a Refresh or Reset operation. OEM users may want to consider a factory reset.

Stuck in a reboot loop

If your computer gets into an endless reboot loop, try to get into Safe Mode or access Advanced Boot Options. Here you can open a command prompt windows or system restore or perform an Automatic Repair. Windows 7 users may want to consider repairing Windows 7.

Let us know if anything helped you or if you have other suggestions.

Also see: We couldn’t complete the updates, Undoing changes.

Some generic links which can help you troubleshoot Windows Update errors and problems:

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.