Vista wont boot after update

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    mjm295

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    Hi All



    I woke this morning to find the Vista install doing an automatic update. I left this and saw it try to reboot. The Shutdown screen appeared... and stayed. It was like this for over an hour so I hard resetted it.



    Now Vista will not boot.



    My dual boot Linux install works fine, and I can see the windows file from the Linux partition.



    When I select Vista from the Grub boot loader, I get a windows install not found error.

    When I boot from the recovery partition - I get no restore points available.

    When I try to reinstall from the recovery partition menu - it complains that the C drive is too small or not available.



    I pinched 40Gb from the C drive for the Linux install, leaving 100Gb plus for the Vista. This was about a month ago and it has all worked perfectly for that month. Like an idiot I never got around to creating a recovery DVD.....





    EDIT:



    I found this in the Windows Update log (accessed through the Linux partition)

    2008-02-14 03:16:55:974 1172 7f88 AU Setting AU scheduled install time to 2008-02-15 03:00:00



    2008-02-14 03:17:00:970 1172 69e8 Report REPORT EVENT: {5799BAC1-56F4-4944-862E-9DE7AFEAB1A2} 2008-02-14 03:16:55:971-0000 1 162 101 {A8944CC2-C640-42AB-96EB-CA18473B3BD7} 105 0 AutomaticUpdates Success Content Download Download succeeded.



    2008-02-14 03:17:00:970 1172 69e8 Report REPORT EVENT: {3FB452A9-013A-437A-91AF-2213D98700DE} 2008-02-14 03:16:55:974-0000 1 188 102 {00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000} 0 0 AutomaticUpdates Success Content Install Installation Ready: The following updates are downloaded and ready for installation. This computer is currently scheduled to install these updates on ?15 ?February ?2008 at 03:00: - Update for Windows Vista (KB937287)



    2008-02-14 03:18:22:210 1172 1138 AU AU invoking RebootSystem (OnRebootNow)



    2008-02-14 03:18:22:946 1172 1138 Misc WARNING: SUS Client is rebooting system.



    2008-02-14 03:18:22:946 1172 1138 AU AU invoking RebootSystem (OnRebootRetry)



    2008-02-14 03:18:32:946 1172 1138 AU AU invoking RebootSystem (OnRebootRetry)



    2008-02-14 03:18:32:961 1172 1138 Misc WARNING: SUS Client is rebooting system.



    2008-02-14 03:18:33:101 1172 1138 AU AU received handle event



    2008-02-14 03:18:38:045 1172 1138 AU Launched new AU client for directive 'Reboot Warning', session id = 0x1



    2008-02-14 03:18:38:145 1172 1138 AU AU received handle event



    2008-02-14 03:18:42:996 1172 1138 AU AU invoking RebootSystem (OnRebootRetry)



    2008-02-14 03:18:42:996 1172 1138 Misc WARNING: SUS Client is rebooting system.



    2008-02-14 03:18:53:011 1172 1138 AU AU invoking RebootSystem (OnRebootRetry)



    2008-02-14 03:18:53:011 1172 1138 Misc WARNING: SUS Client is rebooting system.



    2008-02-14 03:18:53:073 1172 1138 AU Launched new AU client for directive 'Reboot Warning', session id = 0x1



    2008-02-14 03:18:53:183 1172 1138 AU AU received handle event



    2008-02-14 03:19:01:217 1172 1138 AU WARNING: Initiating reboot since no user logged on



    2008-02-14 03:19:01:217 1172 1138 AU AU invoking RebootSystem (OnRebootNow)



    2008-02-14 03:19:01:217 1172 1138 Misc WARNING: Failed to reboot system, hr=8007045B.



    2008-02-14 03:19:01:217 1172 1138 AU WARNING: RebootSystem (InitiateSystemShutdown) failed, error = 0x8007045B



    2008-02-14 03:19:02:948 1172 1138 Shutdwn user declined update at shutdown



    2008-02-14 03:19:02:948 1172 1138 AU AU initiates service shutdown



    2008-02-14 03:19:02:964 1172 1138 AU ########### AU: Uninitializing Automatic Updates ###########



    2008-02-14 03:19:03:884 1172 1138 Service *********



    2008-02-14 03:19:03:884 1172 1138 Service ** END ** Service: Service exit [Exit code = 0x240001]



    2008-02-14 03:19:03:884 1172 1138 Service *************
     
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    Something else I've noticed.....



    When browsing the C drive from the Linux partition the system32 directory appear with a capital "S"



    System32
     
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    Try running 'start up repair' from the windows vista dvd. It should fix windows start up, but you will need to reinstall the grub loader afterwards.
     
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    Can't say this too strongly -- turn off automatic updates!!! This has been one of the biggest single Vista-killers in the history of the OS. It completely trashed one of my machines and there are lots of posts of it doing the same to others.



    Once you get Vista back working (after the Repair already suggested), change Windows Update to only download the files, even better, to only notify you of available updates. After that. NEVER allow it to udpate device drivers.
     
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