Yesterday, I re-installed windows 8.1 on my computer, and have since re-installed most of what I use regularly. This morning, shortly before I was set to head out, I decided to have windows update download and install all the important updates for me. It downloaded them, and seemed to be installing fine. When it prompted me to restart, I let it.
That's when things sort of went sideways. At the Blue shut-down screen, it gave me the normal "Working on updates" with a percentage complete. After a bit, my computer restarted and returned to same blue screen with same message, and then a message "Windows could not complete updates, undoing changes".
All of this took a considerable amount of time, and I was anxious to leave, but I waited anyhow. After a while of "undoing changes", my computer rebooted again and didn't make it past the splash screen for my Bios. There was a message of "checking system" or "verifying hardware" (I can't remember exactly what it said) and a percentage, that was at 0% and apparently not changing. I waited I would say about 10 minutes for it to change to at least 1%, but it just stayed at 0%.
So, in short, I think I need to do a repair install, or maybe system restore (which I had turned on, but I don't know if I have any restore points or not.) Can anybody guess as to what happened, what the best course to fix it is, and how to avoid this happening next time my PC updates?
I am currently away from home and it will be several hours before I get to attempt anything.