How to Solve Failure Configuring Windows Updates, Reverting Changes Error

Failure Configuring Windows Updates, Reverting Changes
By Tapas Pal Updated

The issue we’ll talk about today is not a regular one. But once in a while, when you come across this problem,  it annoys you more than any other popular internet error. When you face this error, it would be written on your computer screen, Failure Configuring Windows Updates, Reverting Changes.

At first, it might feel annoying but once you learn to solve this issue, you would agree with us that, this annoying error code is quite easy to use.

Methods To Resolve Failure Configuring Windows Updates, Reverting Changes Problem.

If you have kept the auto-updater on, in your PC, then generally Windows updates itself automatically. But as I said, occasionally you could face this issue named Failure Configuring Windows Updates, Reverting Changes. This message is shown on a blue screen with a circle revolving next to it. This probably means that Windows is trying to revert the changes. But if you go by my experience, this process does not have any specific time limit. It could cause you a lot of your valuable time.

Failure Configuring Windows Updates, Reverting Changes

So, let’s know about some handy methods, which would help you to conquer the  Failure Configuring Windows Updates, Reverting Changes error.

Let’s see how.

1
By Being Patient

Yes, you can successfully handle this problem, by just keeping your cool. I could not, I know, but that’s my bad. If you are patient enough to wait, then it could actually work in your favor.

Just don’t panic and wait till your Operating System actually reverts back. But if you’re of my kind, and get impulsive too easily, then you have enough options as well. Keep reading.

2
By Restarting Your Pc

If you can’t wait then the next best way is restarting your system. If it gives you the option of restarting in the middle of the Failure Configuring Windows Updates, Reverting Changes error, then good enough. If not then you’ll have to hold the power button for 5-10 seconds to go for a force shutdown.

After successfully restarting your computer, go to Control Panel, click on Updates and try reinstalling the updates again. You can do this in the following way:

  • Insert the Windows DVD in your DVD drive.
  • Now you’ll see the Setup window. Click on Install Now from there.
  • Next, select the Go Online To Obtain The Latest Updates option and type your CD key.
  • Now you’ll have to select the operating system and click on Yes to accept the Microsoft rules and regulations.
  • Now select Upgrade.
  • Once the installation is done, restart your computer.
3
By Creating System Restore Point

I don’t know how familiar you are with the phrase “System Restore Point.” This feature was first introduced in Windows XP. The whole point of creating this point is safety. It allows users to restore their system to a previous state, without losing any important files and documents.

Windows automatically creates a system restore point every week. But you can create it yourself as well. Here’s how.

  • First go to Start menu, right-click on Computer and then click on Properties.
  • Now click on System Protection on the left, and you’ll see a small window being opened.
  • Here all you have to do is to click on Create. if you’re using Windows 10, then you can directly search for Create a System Restore Point.                                                        System Restore Point

Windows has now created a System Restore Point. Now that I would take you through the following steps if by any chance, something goes wrong, all your files will be safe. but this method is optional, and if you’re brave enough, you can directly start the fixing methods.

4
By Using Troubleshooter

You can get rid of this issue by using Windows’ inherent troubleshooter. This process is applicable for the Failure Configuring Windows Updates, Reverting Changes error in case of both Windows 7 and 8.

  • First, go to Control Panel and click on Troubleshooting. For your convenience, select Large Icons in the View By section.                                                                                  Troubleshooting
  • Next click on Fix Problems With Windows Update under System And Security section.   Troubleshooting
  • Now click on Next and wait for Windows to detect the problem.                                           Troubleshooting
  • Now Windows Updater will detect the problem, solve it automatically and show you the results. And, you are done.
5
By Deleting Windows Update Cache

Sometimes, the update cache might be the reason behind the Failure Configuring Windows Updates, Reverting Changes error. In that case, you have to delete the Windows Update Cache.

Follow the below steps.

  • Before deleting the update cache, you must stop two services, namely Windows Update Service and Background Intelligent Transfer Service. Unless you do that, Windows won’t let you delete the cache files. To stop those services, go to the Start menu and search for “Services.msc” and press Enter.                                                               Windows Update Cache
  • In the Services window, scroll down to find the above two services, that is, Windows Update Service and Background Intelligent Transfer Service.
  • Click on them one by one, and under General section, you’ll find the Stop option. Click on that to stop both the services.                                                                                         Background Intelligent Transfer Service
  • Now go to C drive (as it is where we generally install Windows). Then click on Windows and Software Distribution folders respectively.                                                        Software Distribution folder
  • Then you’ll see two folders, namely Data Store and Download. Delete everything inside these folders. This won’t delete the updates you have installed before.                   Data Store
  • Now start Windows Update Service and Background Intelligent Transfer Service the same way you have stopped them.

Now you’ve successfully deleted the Windows update cache, and hopefully, you have solved the problem as well.

6
By Rebooting Windows

We all might know about rebooting, but this one a bit different. So, you’ve to go through a few steps before rebooting.

  • First, go to Start option, search for “msconfig” and press Enter.
  • Now select Selective Start-Up and Unselect Load Start Up Items respectively.                   
  • Then go to Services section and check the box beside Hide All Microsoft Services.
  • Now select Disable All and Apply respectively.                                                                           Disable All
  • Now you can reboot your computer.

After the rebooting, you may re-run your Windows update to verify if the problem is solved or not.

7
By Unplugging A Removable Media

Sometimes removable media like DVD, USB cable, Flash Drive, External Hard Disc, etc. Can create you the Failure Configuring Windows Updates, Reverting Changes error, so while restarting, make sure no removable media is connected to your device.

I found these methods useful. Now it is your turn to try them all. So, give these methods a try and see if they resolve the Failure Configuring Windows Updates, Reverting Changes error or not. And don’t forget to let me know about your experience.

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