How To Fix Failure Configuring Windows Updates Reverting Changes

We depend on our computer for a lot of things and there are updates to Windows versions coming in after every few months. To try and keep up with these changes requires being updated by Microsoft.

At some point you will try to install Windows updates and get a message saying “failure configuring Windows updates. Reverting changes. Do not turn off your computer.”

It is safe to restart the computer and try getting the updates again but if this doesn’t work, you have to follow some more steps of a simple nature to deal with the problem.

Configuring Windows Updates Reverting ChangesThis same message will keep on popping up as you try to restart your computer if the problem is too big to be solved by simply restarting your computer. I am going to guide you through a quick method of fixing this problem. It is easy to follow and perfectly understandable.


Below are the methods for all the different currently in use versions of Windows. Windows vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.

STEP 1 – At times the problem could be that you connected removable mass storage devices including memory sticks, memory cards, hard drives and other removable media and storage devices.
Disconnect all the removable storage media devices attached to the computer. They cause glitches when you are restarting your Windows. The computer tries to include them in the update and due to wrong extensions and encrypted files among other things, causes the process to come to a halt.

STEP 2 – Every computer with Windows has a troubleshooter that helps when solving problems and glitches encountered. Run this program to see if it can fix the problem. The troubleshooter is also available on the Microsoft website and they have one designed specifically to fix window update glitches.

Getting this would require an internet connection and if you don’t have that, you will have to make do with the Windows troubleshooter that was pre-installed. However, this one may not be able to help you according to the Microsoft Customer Care guy I talked to. It contains capabilities designed to fix minor glitches like network connection problems to Wi-Fi and such.
The process of running the troubleshooter is simple
• The troubleshooter is usually on the right edge of the screen and if you can’t find it there, you can just search for it in the computer by typing into the search box.
• It is found under the System and Security-Fix Problem with Windows update. You will get a prompt to click next and the troubleshooter will do the rest for you. If this doesn’t work, it will be time to get yourself some network connection and you will be up and running again.

STEP 3 – If the above stipulations fail to work, you are advised to do what is referred to as a Clean Boot. This involves erasing the previously installed version of Windows completely. This will ensure that there are no previously running programs that are impeding the update process.



• Log into your computer with the Administrator account. This gives you exclusive permission to delete the old version you had before setting up a new one. Logging in using the guest account or any other secondary accounts apart from the primary one will not allow this drastic step that is Clean Booting.
• Insert the Windows installation disk into the drive and restart your computer.
• The computer will ask you to press any key once it “wakes up” and once you do this, prompts will appear.
• It will then give you the repair option and once you press this, you get options that lead you directly to the end.
• Click on the new version that you have installed or click on “system restore”.
• There will appear prompts guiding you through the process of System Restore which is simple and not complicated at all. It will just require clicking in the right places and reading the prompts.


Microsoft acknowledges that this is a recurring problem in specific versions of Windows that they have released into the market but it should not worry you now that you know exactly how to deal with it. After fixing your computer don’t forget to install Microsoft Office. The steps above are a surefire way of fixing your problem as the information I have given you is gleaned from Microsoft Customer Care, experience and practically trying it out on my friends who have had the same problem with their computers.