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Friday (1/22/2010) night, Win 7 had an update to install. I looked at it, as I always do, to see what the update was about.  It was a cumulative security patch for IE8 (KB978207); details below.  After the system rebooted, I saw a message to not shut down because updates were being applied; a common occurrence and no big deal. What caught me off guard was the subsequent reboot.  The system normally starts after the initial reboot and applying the patch.  When the system came back up, I received the same message about updates being applied.  This look of update and reboot continued and it became clear that something was seriously wrong.

To get out of the loop, I pressed F8 a few times during startup and selected System Repair.  During the repair process, I selected a restore point, before when the update patch was applied.  After the restore, my system came up normally.  However, the update was still nagging to be applied.  I applied it one more time to see if it was just a temporary glitch.  However, this brought me back into the update loop.  So, I restored again to get things back to normal.

Restoring the system really isn't a fix, but at least it allows me to use my system.  When I find the real fix, I'll post an update, but just wanted to share some info in case someone else ran into the same problem.

Here are the update details:

Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer 8 for Windows 7 (KB978207)

Download size: 7.1 MB

You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

Update type: Important

Security issues have been identified that could allow an attacker to compromise a system that is running Microsoft Internet Explorer and gain control over it. You can help protect your system by installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

More information:

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Update - 10/5/2010 - From Santos

thanks for those tips, adobe updater was realy the culprit, but i thought i should tell you that using a windows restore point was not necessary. it might even be what complicated things for the ppl there.

i simply clicked the adobe updater icon, had it install its update, and the windows update boot looped stopped. maybe you can add that info to the page.

Posted on Sunday, January 24, 2010 1:27 PM | Back to top

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