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I found a fix for Failure to Configure Windows Update

  1. #1

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro Media Center

    I found a fix for Failure to Configure Windows Update

    This was happening to me , "failure configuring windows update, reverting changes, do not turn off your computer."

    I had a lengthy case with MS Support via phone and Logmein , there must have been 20 phone calls over 2 months.

    I had Windows 8 Media Center Edition. The in-place upgrade would not work with this version, so MS Support had to do a registry edit to change it back to Windows 8 Pro. Details below. I was able to perform the in-place upgrade with the installer and my updates were successful after that (all 34) I then added back Windows 8 Media Center as per instructions from my original email.

    1) Run regedit.exe
    2) Modify the following entries in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion
    3) Modify the following to:
    a) "EditionID"="Professional"

    b) "ProductName"="Windows 8 Pro"

    c) "ProductId"="00178-11194-09674-AB777"
    4) perform in-place upgrade using the Windows 8 PRO installer
    5) activate the W8 PRO then upgrade again to WMC

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2

    hmm... so if the Edition ID is ProfessionalWMC updates will fail?
    I have WU problems with stuck on 13%, and it keeps restarting until the 6th it shows Failure Configuring Windows Updates.
    I solved mine by running a clean boot, then retry the updates.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro Media Center

    You need to change back to Windows 8 Pro if you you have WMC edition on your computer with the above registry changes before you do an upgrade install to fix the Windows Update errors. The updates will then work.

    I did the clean boot with msconfig and this didn't work. Used the MS Fixit Tool also didn't work.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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