continuous reboot / continuous restart

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by dvandusen, Jul 7, 2007.

  1. dvandusen

    dvandusen Guest

    I did a windows update on my w2k box and it now boots (nearly?) to the logon
    and then restarts automatically. How can I stop this cycle? Is it an
    installer 'feature' to install something at boot that then causes a restart?

    dvandusen, Jul 7, 2007
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  2. Does the system boot to Safe Mode ? If so, once in SM, open Add/Remove
    Programs in Control Panel, make a note of which update was installed,
    and PLEASE *post back with the KB number of the update*.

    Then uninstall it and reboot the system to normal Windows mode.

    If it was a driver update, then boot to SM and use -

    How To Replace a Driver by Using Recovery Console in Windows 2000

    MowGreen [MVP 2003-2007]
    *-343-* FDNY
    Never Forgotten
    MowGreen [MVP], Jul 8, 2007
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  3. dvandusen

    dvandusen Guest



    Sadly, it boots the same way in safe mode, but I might be able to do
    Recovery Console. How can I determine what is making it restart? Is there a
    log to look at?


    dvandusen, Jul 8, 2007
  4. dvandusen

    realcestmoi Guest

    Hi there,

    Try booting with F8 from the menu appearing choose last known good
    configuration. If that works and you are going to update again skip any
    driver updates from windows update.

    Best regards,
    Michel Denie

    realcestmoi, Jul 8, 2007
  5. dvandusen

    dvandusen Guest

    The f8, and last known good configuration did not work. There is some
    clarification now though. The boot process goes past the bios, then the boot
    up of the loader (the ........... at the bottom of the screen when allowing
    an F8), then through the windows 2k load (the splash screen with windows 2k
    with a progress bar at the bottom), past the keyboard initialization (the
    lights on the shift led's), through the final splash screen, and to the
    change to the light blue screen where the pointer is supposed show. It
    restarts just before the point where the pointer icon displays. There are no
    devices on this machine other than a Raid card that is/was working fine.



    dvandusen, Jul 8, 2007
  6. dvandusen

    justaguy Guest

    Alright, I'm having exactly this problem myself, and I must say, it's
    frustrating. The only way I can find to "solve" the problem is a temporary
    one and one that needs to be sontantly applied. You need to find your Windows
    disk and put it in the CD tray, then when it starts up hit F8 until you get a
    bootup screen asking you what to book with . Boot with the CD (I think it's
    the last option). This takes a while. Set your language settings and
    everything, click "next" then click "repair my computer" (or an option that
    is close enough to that anyway). The computer will diagnose the problem and
    try and fix it, then ask for you to restart again to see if it works. It
    DOESN'T, at least not for me, but see if it does for you anyways. After that,
    if you're still having the problem, then do the same thing, boot from the
    disk and go to repair. This time after a while it will ask you if you want to
    use system restore to go to the last known successful boot. Say yes, and your
    computer should start and work least until Vista forces you to
    download their buggy update again.

    I have found that this problem is indeed the result of that faulty update.
    It's even acknowledged on the Vista help site. They claim to have a second
    version of the update that doesn't make your computer go into continuous
    reboot mode, but as of yet it keeps screwing over my computer, so I'm putting
    my money on the fact that that's a bunch of bs.

    Good luck

    justaguy, Nov 19, 2007
  7. dvandusen

    dvandusen Guest

    Thanks for the note. I believe you are right about the update, but in my
    case the box is W2K server, and still it has many of the same updates. I
    still have not addressed the issue fully, but did a parallel install of W2K
    Pro --- it works so far. The server update was the only change made in
    several months of operation. Great work MS.


    dvandusen, Nov 19, 2007
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    MikeM Guest

    MikeM, Mar 15, 2008
  9. dvandusen

    MikeM Guest

    I also had this similar problem... Windows would load, I would get to the
    icons to log into my account, once I clicked on the icon, it would start to
    load and within a minute or so the computer would reboot. I was successful in
    correcting this by following the info that "justaguy" wrote. I put the
    Windows Vista disc in and rebooted and then hit F8. I selected to restore to
    a previous date. It worked and it is so far still working alright. Thanks for
    putting out the info.
    MikeM, Mar 15, 2008
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