| By Susan Bradley |
Microsoft on Feb. 19 halted automatic downloads of a Vista patch that caused numerous PCs to reboot uncontrollably.
The patch, numbered 937287, is a “prerequisite” or “preliminary” patch that was intended to prepare machines for the installation of Vista Service Pack 1, which is expected to be released in March.
Patch gets Vista stuck installing and rebooting
In most months, we all make it through Patch Tuesday just fine. Unfortunately for a few Vista users, one patch this month suffers from a “configuring updates” disease. This causes some systems that installed the patch to get stuck in a loop, saying “Configuring Updates Stage 3 of 3 — 0%,” and a few seconds later rebooting. This behavior repeats over and over.
In what is hopefully not a harbinger of bad tidings for Vista SP1 itself, Microsoft product manager Nick White announced in the Windows Vista blog on Feb. 19 that patch 937287 was being pulled from distribution due to the issues it was causing on some machines.
You can prevent the reboot problem from occurring by installing patch 937287 separately, not at the same time as any other updates. Several people have been able to fix affected machines by rolling Windows back to an earlier restore point, and then installing 937287 manually. This procedure has been described in Joaquim Anguas’s blog.