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Windows was unable to update file...........from

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by shempdevil, Sep 20, 2004.

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  1. shempdevil

    shempdevil Thread Starter

    Nov 6, 2003
    My computer is refusing to boot past the Windows screen.

    Everything is cool but then it gets stuck on the windows screen. The status bar across the bottom continues to scroll across the screen.

    If I hit ESC, the screen goes black and it says "Windows was unable to update file..........................................from............................."

    I have not made any changes to my PC in months....

    Thanks for your help

  2. lizard


    May 11, 2004
    Hi shempdevil!

    Try to get into safe mode (press and hold a 'Ctrl' key, or keep pressing f-8 as your system boots, just before where the windows screen would start to appear).

    Select option 3 at the menu.

    When you get there

    Click Start>Run...
    Type 'msconfig' (no quotes)
    Click 'OK'
    Click the 'startup' tab

    Go through the list to try to determine which program may be causing you the problems. It seems likely there is something there with some update function giving you the trouble. Un-check that program and re-boot.

    If you can't pick out which program it is, try to post a copy of your start-up list here, and I'll see if I can spot something.

  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    You didn't mention which Windows operating system that you're using. :confused:

    Other than



    Entries for the antivirus program

    (Windows ME only)

    very few other programs, if any at all, need to be checked and enabled in the MSCONFIG startup tab.

    A bloated startup load can cause a multitude of problems, including startup and shutdown problems. (n)
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