Recently it would seem that Microsoft is pushing out a mandatory update for computers running on Windows 10. This is great since updates usually indicate bug fixes, optimization, and sometimes new features. Unfortunately for some users, this update is causing them a bit of a headache as it has been found to have thrown their computers into an endless reboot cycle.
So what’s going on? Basically the downloaded updates requires a reboot to the computer. However the update apparently fails halfway causing Windows 10 to roll back the changes, and then try to install the update again. This ultimately causes the computer to reboot again and again. There have been several complaints on the Microsoft forums about this.
What’s odd is that according to ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughs who encountered the problem himself, it seems that trying to use Microsoft’s own tool to disable or block updates does not seem to work in preventing the update from trying to repeat its attempts to install itself. Thankfully there appears to be a fix for it.
This involves deleting a particular registry file, in particular users will have to delete SIDs that no longer exist. If you’re not sure how to go about doing that, ZDNet has the instructions that you can try and follow, although admittedly at your own risk. Now this problem has only affected some Windows 10 users as there are many others who have had no issues.
If you’re one of the unlucky ones who have been affected, hopefully the unofficial fix will solve your update woes.