Server 2008 Hangs on “Installing and Configuring” Microsoft Updates


Server 2008 Hangs on “Installing and Configuring” Microsoft Updates


While I was recently rebooting a SBS 2008 server, the system had some pending Microsoft updates that needed to be installed. The server hung on “Installing and Configuring” 1 of 3 updates with 0%. I left it at this state for about 20 minutes and ended up forcing a hard shut down. This is commonly due to an XML file that is used for the installation process is corrupt. 

My fix was to boot into safe mode with DOS prompt, browse to C:windowswinsxs and rename pending.xml to pending.old, reboot machine as normal.

More About the Author

Darien Smith

Systems Engineer
Finding computer memory information with a command Here is a handy command to find out computer memory details from a command prompt so you don’t have to open up the computer. Go ...
Disabling Windows 7 Virtual Store After a recent MS update, I had a user that ran into issues with a legacy application saving all the documents created into a new ...

See more from this author →

InterWorks uses cookies to allow us to better understand how the site is used. By continuing to use this site, you consent to this policy. Review Policy OK


Interworks GmbH
Ratinger Straße 9
40213 Düsseldorf
Geschäftsführer: Mel Stephenson

Telefon: +49 (0)211 5408 5301

Amtsgericht Düsseldorf HRB 79752
UstldNr: DE 313 353 072


Love our blog? You should see our emails. Sign up for our newsletter!