However, on a disturbingly large number of Windows 8 computers across the globe, downloading and installing updates mostly leads to the process failing and the user getting en error message stating “Failure configuring Windows updates. However, almost every person who has suffered from this problem has found that their computer pretty much gets stuck on the “Failure configuring Windows updates. Do not turn off your computer” screen and they are greeted by the same screen if they force their computer to shut down and then boot it up again.
Fortunately, this is not an issue that has no solution whatsoever.
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Worked for several days to get it fixed, to no avail until today.
My Windows Update Agent was v7.6.7600.320 and it just ran on with no results, once for a full 24 hours.
I tried the DNS changes, the Fix-It download, and the KB3083710 and KB3102810 fixes, but none resolved the issue.
UNTIL I downloaded KB3138612 that installed the very latest version of the Windows Updater v7.6.7601.19161 and now I am working smoothly through several hundred updates.
most recent check for updates is listed as 7/9/2014 (almost 3 months ago).
Had the same problem after restoring my computer to factory state Windows 7 Home Premium.
The “failure configuring Windows updates” problem can indeed be fixed, allowing the Windows updates that failed to be downloaded and installed successfully. To do so, you can either wait it out or perform a factory reset on your computer.
However, before you can apply a solution for this problem to your computer, you actually need to get your computer out of the “Failure configuring Windows updates. Even if you think your computer is stuck on the “failure configuring Windows updates” screen, it actually isn’t.
After completing the first and sometimes the second step, my computer will suddenly restart again and then the screen with state "Loading Files" and then come up with a screen that says Windows could not start and that it is scanning the files to repair.