Same thing - ADVENT AMD Phenom X4 base unit and an ACER Aspire t5590 laptop. within a week of each other got the "configuring updates 3 of 3 0%" infinite reboot loop.
Get the same screen if you try to boot in safe mode
Cant get to desktop so cant use system restore
Both machines are OEM install so dont have vista disc only factory restore discs (takes it back to shop settings pre SP1)
Both have recovery partitions - system restore from here fails - just hangs and does nothing.
Memoery diagnostics say no fault found
Only thin I could do was use an Ubuntu live cd to move my data from the C: partition to the D: partition and then do a destructive reinstallation of the operatins system on C.
Spent two weeks reinstalling updates and applciations on both machines.
Only software they have in common is MS Office 2007 and F-secure 2009 - I suspected f-secure but other people here have other security programs...
event system log shows tons of critical errors with MS updates - some of which point you to t technet articvle about server 2008
Last night on rebuilt laptop wanted to enable telnet so went to turn windows features on of off - enabled telnet client - got error message, went back to turn windows features on or off and the screen was blank - checked MS technet which advised is problem with updates (suprise! suprise!) and advised running SSFC/scannow - did this, was prompted to reboot the machine and instantly got the "configuring updates 3 of 3 0%" screen again = @!@!@$@% This time I was lucky and the system restore point in the recovery partition actuaqlly seems to have worked but It must be a MS issue and they really need to acknowledge and fix it - VISTA sucks so hard right now - If I had the cash id go MAC
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