What started as a crippling annoyance has escalated out of control. Windows auto updater, the bane of my existence, downloaded a patch and forced my computer to restart. Somewhere during that process, my laptop ran out of power and died, and upon rebooting, would load to configuring update, only to proceed to configuring failed, revoking changes or something to that effect. It would hang there for as long as I was patient to wait for it, which was a good half an hour. I proceeded to do shut it down and attempt a system repair, which apparently was successful, but I still had the same problem. I then went to system backup, only to find to my immense concern that there wasn't a restore point at all (which is unusual because the last time I did a system restore, I had several) I then proceeded to attempt multiple means to fix things, with only running in safe mode with networking to allow me to log in. Eventually it offered to run a CHKDSK scan, which apparently found and cleaned a metric ton of files in a variety of manners, but now it won't load at all. Trying to boot it in any mode causes the laptop to hang indefinitely on the windows logo, attempting to repair the operating system with the installation disk merely causes it to search endlessly for an operating system to repair, despite having found one flawlessly before the CHKDSK scan - I'm now attempting to run a startup repair with the F8 menu, but it is currently searching endlessly for problems.
I'm incredibly stressed out by this. I have most of my files backed up, but this laptop came with a copy of windows office installed, and I don't think I have the disks for it. If I do a complete reinstall of the OS, I'm fairly sure I'll lose all the core programs from office which I sorely need. Is there any other ways I can try and load this OS at all and force the computer do redownload the update or even just generally work.
If and when this all works again, is there a way to turn the auto-updater off? I'm sick and tired of dealing with BS like this.
Really just starting from scratch if necessary would help. I'm freaking out.
*Edit* After eventually getting sick of the repairer, I attempted to restart it and let it load in normal mode - to which it hung on the starting windows screen for a good 5-15 minutes (wasn't watching the clock) until it suddenly gave me a blue screen of death and restarted, eventually ending back up in the repairer which I am likely going to let run overnight. I'll update results in the morning.
Edited by Tikoxi, 26 November 2013 - 10:35 PM.