Acer Aspire Failure to configure updates

#1
Hello! My Acer Aspire Z1-901 cannot update to latest 8.1 update without doing this:


Edit: Been doing that screen for hours now
 


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kemical

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#3
Hi Cian,
I couldn't find a Z1-901 although there is a Z1-601 machine do you mean this?
 


#4
Hi Cian,
I couldn't find a Z1-901 although there is a Z1-601 machine do you mean this?
Yes, sorry I was reading it upside down!
 


kemical

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#5
Ok Cian do you know which update is causing the issue? There was an update recently that caused issues which is why I'm asking. See if you can find out via the windows update what updates it's trying to install.
 


#6
Ok Cian do you know which update is causing the issue? There was an update recently that caused issues which is why I'm asking. See if you can find out via the windows update what updates it's trying to install.
The latest 8.1 update to reserve win 10
 


kemical

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#9
Ok Cian any problems just post back.
 


kemical

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#11
Did you try running the troubleshooter again?

May I ask are you using a registry cleaner at all?
 


#12
Did you try running the troubleshooter again?

May I ask are you using a registry cleaner at all?
I did run it again, and it said no problems found.
Also I am using a registry cleaner (CCleaner).
 


kemical

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#13
Ok Ccleaner is an excellent application but windows does not need the registry cleaning and it usually causes more problems than helps any..

Try this, open an administrators command prompt and type:
sfc /scannow
Press enter and await results.

Again in the same cmd prompt type:
dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth
Press enter and again await results (patience please)
 


#14
Hi All,

The company I work for has bought 6 Aspire Z1-601's.

I am having this problem also.

While running windows update, the PC's constantly cycle between the "Windows is applying updates" and the "Undoing Changes" screen.

I have tried the sfc scan, factory restore and the dism.

In some cases, the PC will boot up, apparently working fine, and after a couple reboots, will go back to "Undoing Changes"

I called Acer customer support, and they told me to follow this procedure:
- Update BIOS (I had already done that)
- Factory restore (I had already done that)
- Install updates one by one, rebooting a couple times between each update. (I have not done this. And since I am in my late twenties, I probably won't have time to complete this step before I die)

So, out of frustration, I am now going through the following steps:

- Factory restore, with wipe
- Initial configuration: Name PC, Create user, DONT configure WiFi <<== AT THIS STAGE NOW
- Reboot 5 times (Using a little .bat file)
- Uninstall ALL Acer related software, utilities, included Antiviruses, etc
- Reboot 5 times
- Disable Windows Restore (Speeds up installation of updates)
- Configure Wifi
- Install Critical Windows Updates
- After last one has installed, reboot 5 times
- Install Driver-related Updates
- Reboot 5 times
- Install other windows Updates
- Reboot 5 times.


Will post updates.

If it fails, my last pic will be me throwing a match onto a pile of gasoline-soaked acers
 


kemical

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#15
If it fails, my last pic will be me throwing a match onto a pile of gasoline-soaked acers
Lol!
Plus are you sure that rebooting 5 times is needed?

Regarding Acer software.. Unless it's a driver leave it off as many of these apps cause more problems than they are supposed to fix.
 


#16
are you sure that rebooting 5 times is needed?

It probably is overkill, but since it is automated, I'm not really worried.

The reason I am doing it is because I want to make sure there are no post-update installations/configurations which could interfere with the process.


Am now here:

- Uninstall ALL Acer related software, utilities, included Antiviruses, etc
 


#17
Currently halfway through uninstalling:


Acer Docs Office AddIn Acer 29/09/2014 2,29 MB 2.04.2005
Acer Docs Acer Incorporated 29/09/2014 36,5 MB 1.03.2003
Acer Docs Acer Incorporated 29/09/2014 1.03.2003
Acer Explorer Agent Acer Incorporated 29/09/2014 2,13 MB 2.00.3000
Acer Media Acer Incorporated 29/09/2014 2.04.2006.0
Acer Media Acer Incorporated 29/09/2014 2.04.2006.0
Acer Photo Acer Incorporated 29/09/2014 2.04.2006.0
Acer Photo Acer Incorporated 29/09/2014 2.04.2006.0
Acer Portal Acer Incorporated 29/09/2014 2.04.2007
Acer Portal Acer Incorporated 29/09/2014 2.04.2007
Acer Recovery Management Acer Incorporated 29/09/2014 11,9 MB 6.00.8106
Acer Remote Files Acer Incorporated 29/09/2014 1.02.2003
Acer User Experience Improvement Program App Monitor Plugin Acer Incorporated 29/09/2014 2,56 MB 1.01.3003
Acer User Experience Improvement Program App Monitor Plugin Acer Incorporated 29/09/2014 1.01.3003
Acer User Experience Improvement Program Framework Acer Incorporated 29/09/2014 9,02 MB 1.01.3003
Acer User Experience Improvement Program Framework Acer Incorporated 29/09/2014 1.01.3003
Acer Video Player Acer Incorporated 29/09/2014 1.00.2001.4
Acer Video Player Acer Incorporated 29/09/2014 1.00.2001.4
Explorer Agent Acer Incorporated 29/09/2014 2,13 MB 2.00.3000
Hotkey Utility Acer Incorporated 29/09/2014 3.00.8102
Hotkey Utility Acer Incorporated 29/09/2014 4,45 MB 3.00.8102
Identity Card Acer Incorporated 04/07/2014 2,38 MB 2.00.8101
Live Updater Acer Incorporated 04/07/2014 4,20 MB 2.00.8100
Recovery Management Acer Incorporated 29/09/2014 11,9 MB 6.00.8106
Cisco EAP-FAST Module Cisco Systems, Inc. 29/09/2014 1,53 MB 2.2.14
Cisco LEAP Module Cisco Systems, Inc. 29/09/2014 632 KB 1.0.19
Cisco PEAP Module Cisco Systems, Inc. 29/09/2014 1,22 MB 1.1.6
CyberLink PowerDVD 12 CyberLink Corp. 29/09/2014 230 MB 12.0.3716.57
McAfee LiveSafe – Internet Security McAfee, Inc. 19/06/2015 12.8.397
Nero BackItUp 12 Essentials OEM.a01 Nero AG 04/07/2014 188 MB 12.5.01200
Pokki Start Menu Pokki 19/06/2015 0.269.2.261
Spotify Spotify AB 29/09/2014 0.9.6.81.gd359a796
WildTangent Games WildTangent 04/07/2014 1.0.4.0
 


kemical

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#18
Wow!

Hope all goes well and post back if need be..
 


#19
Hi All,

The company I work for has bought 6 Aspire Z1-601's.

I am having this problem also.

While running windows update, the PC's constantly cycle between the "Windows is applying updates" and the "Undoing Changes" screen.

I have tried the sfc scan, factory restore and the dism.

In some cases, the PC will boot up, apparently working fine, and after a couple reboots, will go back to "Undoing Changes"

I called Acer customer support, and they told me to follow this procedure:
- Update BIOS (I had already done that)
- Factory restore (I had already done that)
- Install updates one by one, rebooting a couple times between each update. (I have not done this. And since I am in my late twenties, I probably won't have time to complete this step before I die)

So, out of frustration, I am now going through the following steps:

- Factory restore, with wipe
- Initial configuration: Name PC, Create user, DONT configure WiFi <<== AT THIS STAGE NOW
- Reboot 5 times (Using a little .bat file)
- Uninstall ALL Acer related software, utilities, included Antiviruses, etc
- Reboot 5 times
- Disable Windows Restore (Speeds up installation of updates)
- Configure Wifi
- Install Critical Windows Updates
- After last one has installed, reboot 5 times
- Install Driver-related Updates
- Reboot 5 times
- Install other windows Updates
- Reboot 5 times.


Will post updates.

If it fails, my last pic will be me throwing a match onto a pile of gasoline-soaked acers
I can't do that because my sister does graphic design and stores every thing on there.
Wow!

Hope all goes well and post back if need be..
Would I be able to install insider preview and get official release?
 


ussnorway

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#20
McAfee LiveSafe – Internet Security McAfee, Inc. 19/06/2015 12.8.397
My money is on this one but...

Nero BackItUp 12 Essentials OEM.a01 Nero AG 04/07/2014 188 MB 12.5.01200
Pokki Start Menu Pokki 19/06/2015 0.269.2.261
These two are both contenders
 


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