I have a new Asus netbook (x200CA Celeron 1007u thing).. I luckily did a complete HDD image before doing anything as I was putting an SSD in it (refuse to use PCs without them now)...
What happened with mine is from fresh system (not one change out of the box) it does 99 updates and gets stuck on this restoring from bad update error.. The difference in mine to the tech in here is that mine never finishes, I left it four 4 hours and still at same screen, I found others on Asus forum that have left it for 2 days...
As I said lucky I have an image, I tried MS suggestion the second time by doing a 'clean boot' with no services running, but the same thing happens.. Will go with the suggestion here and do half a dozen updates at a time..
Once it gets through (if it does) I will do another image, never had this trouble with my desktop, though it is regularly updated so never done 99 at once, maybe in their usual shortsightedness windows 8 just can't handle such a big batch?
Well that failed too, first few updates OK so I did a batch of ten x86 windows security patches (around 24mb total) and it failed.. Hopefully it doesn't take 2 days to revert changes, took almost an hour to do them.
I did also run the update troubleshooter which fixed one error, or so it said...
I honestly think Microsoft screwed the pooch here, I never had these problems with windows 7, I know many people having lots of issues with 8 from update problems to black screen of death on bootup, the whole windows 8 edition has been a screw up, windows millennium all over again..
Well after two days and a lot of reloading/repairing and lots of small batches it finally got through, took an entire day and well into the night..
Windows 8.1 now loaded and drive imaged so not doing again on this PC.
Exactly the same sentiment I have regarding this latest (recent) windows updates!
It has wasted me weeks for restart and repair! Very appreciated
sledgebeast 's advice on the windows update, now honestly I don't know what I
should be doing.., or I should looking forward to windows 10 : D
Thank you everyone for their input.
I'm having the same problem. Waiting on it to revert. May try to just install windows 8.1 and bypass windows 8.
It appears in most cases this problem stems from a hardware driver that is incompatible with Windows 8.1. To fix this, before downloading any updates or before upgrading to 8.1 from 8, first visit the web site of your PC's manufacturer (Dell, Acer...etc) (PLEASE NOTE: I highly recommend shutting off automatic updates before beginning this procedure to ensure no Windows updates are installed before the PC is prepared.) Go to the support section and look up your model number. When you are asked which OS you have installed choose Windows 8.1 whether you have it or not. Download every driver that appears in the list (make sure to ignore any bios updates). Install all the drivers after downloading. If Windows says it already has the driver installed, install it anyway, if possible. After you are finished make sure you re-boot your PC if you haven't already. After that you should be fine to proceed downloading your Windows updates as normal. For what its worth, I am also a computer service technician with 25+ years experience. I deal with this problem every day as well.
i joined just to answer this thread.
First off.. "just jump to 8.1" is bad advice and wont work off a fresh 8.0 install. W8 demands you update 145-160 files before you can download and install 8.1, and most of us are getting stuck at this huge download.
2nd, installing a few check boxes at a time will not work. when you hit the file(s) that are causing the issue, they will uninstall ALL files you have updated recently, resetting you back to solid 8.0.
3rd here is the fix. go here. run this MS app.
it will find and fix your issues and work after that.
I just built a pc. Installed 7, fully upgraded that w/o issue.
Then got an 8 upgrade disc, installed no issues.
Then when you want to jump to 8.1 it demands you install 160 updates first, which is where i got my issue of 98% then a 3 hour install and revert back.
This program found and fixed 5 issues. Update worked perfectly.
Fix Windows Update Error messages and other Windows Update issues
Its me again. Lately I have just assumed this problem is just going to continue to exist & MS cares not to address it! At a cost of a but load of extra time getting thru this update fiasco on each and every W8 PC! I had a rather simple but much needed breakthru tonight. I believe I have found the problem! And MS and VAR's Tech support should have been able to tell us how easily it is to solve this problem when asked months ago!!!!!!!
So I was searching an error code associated with this failure relating to a security update and there it was! "TURN OFF SECURE BOOT IN THE BIOS, DO THE UPDATE, TURN SECURE BOOT BACK ON!" WALA! It worked! So my advice is when beginning the Update phase of reloading a W8 PC is to first boot into the BIOS and turn off Secure boot! Remember to turn it back on afterwards. How could MS not know to tell us this when support calls were placed. How easy and simple a fix to such a exasperating problem that was let be ongoing with no answers!
I would ask anyone trying this method or fix to the "Reverting Changes" issue to let us know if it indeed works for them?
Hey Admin's... If anyone else confirms this work'd for them,,,, I would like to mark this one "Solved!"
Last edited by sledgebeast; 26 Feb 2015 at 17:12.