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Bugged Windows 10 update could force your computer to reboot forever

August 11th, 2015 at 5:25 PM
Automatic Windows 10 Update Reboot Loop

A few weeks ago, it was reported that Windows 10 would automatically install updates to users’ computers, which rubbed some upgraders the wrong way. All things considered, it wasn’t the most pressing issue with the new OS, but now that updates have started to drop, we’re beginning to see the potential fallout of automatic updates.

When the first major update rolled out last week, some users found themselves locked in a reboot loop, effectively shutting them out of their accounts until they could find a workaround.

READ MORE: Windows 10: How to disable automatic system software updates

Here is Windows Community user BrettDM’s step-by-step experience: “Downloads, reboot to install. Gets to 30% and reboots. Gets to 59% and reboots. Gets to 59% again and then states something went wrong so uninstalling the update. Wait a few minutes and reboot. Back to login screen. This happens without fail, every single time.”

Another forum goer responded the next day with a solution, which involves removing security identifiers (SIDs) for users that no longer exist in the registry. This menu cannot be easily accessed on the basic Home edition of Windows 10, and if you do manage to get inside, you could do permanent damage to your computer.

Microsoft has yet to issue an official response, but it’s unfortunate that the downside of automatic updates has become apparent within days of the launch of Windows 10. If these issues continue to crop up, Microsoft might have to reconsider this questionable policy.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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