Users stuck in endless reboot loop sequence due to Windows 10 update KB3081424 error

Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 10, which is just less than two weeks old has already started giving its users endless headaches. This all started with the first major update that Microsoft rolled out for Windows 10 last week. The users have reported that the the upgrade is failing to install on some machines and is running in an endless loop of reboots.

To end the problem, Microsoft had introduced a trouble shooter package, known as KB3081424, an update which allows a number of bug fixes and driver updates for the new operating system; however, the trouble shooter update has become a trouble maker for many Windows 10 upgraders.

Windows 10 automatically goes back to a previous version whenever this happens. But as Windows 10 updates are compulsory and automatic and mandatory,  it again tries to install the dodgy update again. As a result, users cannot decline the installation like in previous versions of the OS, which is one of the major reasons for the endless reboot loop.

Microsoft forum user BrettDM said “It 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.”

It emerged last week that domain-attached PCs running Windows 7 were being forced unwillingly with Windows 10 updates, which is contrary to what Microsoft said would happen. While this policy was meant to make the operating system more secure, some have argued that users should be given control over whether they chose to update or not. The company has so far failed to provide a credible explanation for what exactly has gone wrong.

How to fix it

Microsoft Forums suggest that the original problem of the endless reboot is a rogue entry in the Windows Registry that does not allow the upgrade to happen. Users within the Microsoft forums have discovered a rogue entry within the Windows Registry causes the update to fail.

Removing the entry appears to allow the update to install correctly, but require users to manually edit a crucial part of the operating system, which can cause major issues if done incorrectly.

The fix, however, hasn’t worked for all the users.

Hence, it is advisable that the users do not try this and instead wait for an official fix, as the company can be expected to provide one in due course if it continues to be an issue.

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