I have another post on this that was moved by a moderator but I'm not sure why it was put here as I've been told it is a bug in the most recent Microsoft update:
On 13 Feb 2013, another member posted the information below and I am having the exact same problems. Can somebody please help me...?
"My laptop running Windows Vista continues to loop with the message:
"Configuring updates: stage 3 of 3 - 0% complete. Do not turn off your computer." This has been looping for 5 days now. It displays this screen upon loading for approximately 2 minutes before restarting itself and loading exactly the same screen.
So far this is what I have tried:
Do nothing - same screen but continuous looping of the screen every 2 or so minutes
Pressing F11 - goes into the stage 3 of 3 screen
Pressing F8 then:
Safe mode - lists of loaded things/ numbers then a please wait, then same screen as before
Safe mode with networking - lists of numbers then a please wait, then same screen
Safe mode with command prompt - lists of numbers then a please wait, then same screen
Last known good configuration (advanced) - same screen
Directory services restore mode - lists of loaded things/numbers, then turns laptop up, upon switching on again choice of start windows in repair (doesn't let me do that) or normally - back to same screen again
Debugging mode - same screen
Disable automatic restart on system failure - same screen
Disable driver signature enforcement - same screen
Start windows normally - same screen
Disable automatic restart on system failure (goes to Same screen) upon restart F8 then safe mode - results same as above
Disable automatic restart on system failure (goes to same screen) upon restart, F8 then same mode with networking - results as above.
I do not have a Windows recovery disc, Windows Vista was pre installed on my laptop."
I can't get the command prompt and when I run Farbar Recovery Scan Tool I get the following error message: 'No bootable partition in table_'.