how can I fix windows8 update failure

  KrisBall 16:26 08 Jul 14

laptop failed to configure windows update and is now 'stuck' in revert mode. what do I do

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:44 08 Jul 14
  onthelimit1 17:48 08 Jul 14

I've had this festering problem 3 times in the last month with different machines. The way that has worked for me is to force a shutdown. If it will then start normally fine - if not, force a shutdown about three times until it boots into advanced startup options. Work your way through the menus until you can System Restore. Once starting normally, go to Update and change the setting so that you are alerted to update, but don't download automatically. There will be upwards of a hundred updates to do before you can install 8.1. Untick them all, then from the top select about 20. Download and install, then continue in similar fashion until updates are complete.

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