Thanks for the reply. I am working on it now. I downloaded the file to a usb key and then put it in the root c: for the moment.
The problem I have is the system is stuck in the reboot loop to 83%. Invoking safe mode does not help.
I can get into the command line with the Boot disc. That is how I put the file on the system from onother computer.
Tried running sfc /scannow from the command line, but I get: Windows resource protection could not start the repair service.
Googling around, I found some user posts one saying the c++ thing did not work, one said sfc fixed it, and another saying it was .NET related.
Well the Patch Tuesday last week involved a 250MB glob of .NET patch. Now I am quite sure that it broke the system. I will keep an open mind, but it sounds fishy.
Most stuff I googled assumes you are on the windows gui, and invoking the cmd window, but not in my case.
Now, I can get into the machine to the command line, I can seem to try to execute sfc and stuff without permission issues, but:
How does one become root for cli?.or Administrator, whatever. Although it has not complained of that. EDIT: Noticed that the cmd promp window has administrator as a title. (So much for security, anyone with a boot disk can get admin without a passord on any machine).
In addition to being able to be in a cmd window, I am also able to look and change files from the PCLinuxOS partition of the drive.
The other nagging issue is: I was able to do an earlier system restore using the boot cd, but then all instances of restore now get into the endless boot cycle.
EDIT: When googling I found a number to call for microsoft update, security anfd virus issues. After being on hold for 10 minutes, thankfully without music on hold, (maybe their Ipod had played out) I was given to a marginally english speaking person who took 7 minutes to gather information, phone number, name email address etc. After a long period of many just a seconds, he asked what was wrong. He then told me I had a booting problem and that I should hang up and call 800-936-5700, I had no case number, to call another number, and that I had been misdirected. Don't think I will call.
I was going to GHOST the drive for later agony, and install fresh from the recovery partition, (more agony), and deleted many many gigs of temp and restore files, so I no longer have any restores to use.
How does one break the update boot loop?
At one point, I was thinking of renaming some important system files, and possibly provoking a repair.
Some logs show that the system has booted normally at the time this loop is occurring, so Vista thinks itself is ok.
Lots of chaff here, just trying to be detailed.
Hope to someday help others here.
I thank you very much for helping, and others please jump in too.
Update: I changed a file in c:\windows\winsxs\
# Type cd C:\windows\winsxs, and then press ENTER.
# Type ren pending.xml pending.old, and then press ENTER.
I rebooted and got to a desktop.
running as root/admin with wifi turned off, I tried to run the c++ download, but i get the side by sde error that i cannot do it.
Edited by Nerdful Things, 15 February 2009 - 08:44 PM.