The latest reports show that Microsoft's new OS Windows 10 has been installed on over 27 million devices. With every new OS upgrade, some issues inevitably develop, and the latest is an endless crash loop when Windows force installs a new automatic update.
Recently, we brought you the news that some Windows 10 users who have recently upgraded their devices to the new OS are experiencing numerous issues with the software. Among the problems reported are issues with installation, Wi-Fi connectivity, audio and use of Google's Chrome browser.
Now, a new issue has developed with an automatic update, KB3081424, which was ironically intended to fix some of the prior bugs. The update fails for some users who receive a message, which instead states "We couldn't complete the updates, undoing the changes." The "undoing" involves a forced system reboot, but once the system starts up again, Windows attempts to install the patch, resulting in an endless loop of error messages and reboots.
The reason for the constant errors is that once the initial attempt to install fails, a bad registry is created which remains in users systems and causes the endless loop of errors and installation attempts. While Microsoft has not released a fix for the problem as of yet, some motivated users have come up with a solution. If you're experiencing this issue, here's what to do:
First, type "regedit" in the Start menu. Then, In the window that opens go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList . Next you should backup your registry key just in case. Highlight ProfileList , click File and Export , picking any backup name you wish. Then scan through the ProfileList IDs and delete any including "ProfileImagePath". Now you can close regedit and reboot your system, and the patch should install properly.
This issue highlights one of the most criticized and controversial aspects of Windows 10, which is forced automatic security updates. Microsoft has eliminated the user option of either choosing not to install or delay these updates, much to the chagrin of users who are already experiencing problems like the endless loop crash as a result.