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Windows 7: "Preparing to configure windows" Message EVERY time I boot up

17 Mar 2011   #11
niemiro

Vista Home Premium x86 SP2
 
 

Hello!

Technically, this error means that a CLSID is missing, and you know how much registry cleaners love deleting "unused" CLSIDs.

System Restore is your best bet for the registry: System Restore

However, this error is actually very common, and has many more causes. I do not think that in this situation CCleaner is to blame, but maybe this has encoruaged you not to clean the registry.

Please run this tool in Aggressive Mode: How do I reset Windows Update components?

Then run this tool if, and only if the problem has not been already resolved above: Description of the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Vista, for Windows Server 2008, for Windows 7, and for Windows Server 2008 R2

Then paste for me here C:\Windows\Logs\CBS\CheckSUR.persist.log.

Thanks!

Richard

P.S. SFC will do not harm, and may do a lot of good. I recommend!


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17 Mar 2011   #12
RAWhitelock

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Ok guys. I merged my registry backups and I still had the issue so I ran system update and restored to a point just before my last windows update. That seems to have done the trick. The last thing I remember downloading is the miscrosoft update to the new bing bar (which I do not use, ever), I also download a program called "@BIOS" from gigabyte to update my BIOS. Either way, everything seems to be working now. Thanks for your help.
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17 Mar 2011   #13
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

That's odd I don't use bing and I'm never offered any updates for it either. I'm guessing you installed the bar or something at some point...
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17 Mar 2011   #14
RAWhitelock

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
That's odd I don't use bing and I'm never offered any updates for it either. I'm guessing you installed the bar or something at some point...
It is odd. I use Chrome and my wife prefers IE, so maybe she installed it at one point. I also remember that she updated to IE9 from IE8 so I don't know if somewhere along the way, something was corrupted. But I do know that everything works now.

it's also of note that once I completed my system restore, my desktop gadgets disappeared and I couldn't even open them at all (I like to have the weather on my desktop). I didn't think the restore would affect my gadgets because I've had the same setup since I built the computer about a year ago. I was able to get the use of gadgets back by running sfc /scannow. After the scan and reboot, everything is back to normal. Strange, huh?
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17 Mar 2011   #15
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

probably wouldn't hurt to follow up with a deep scan for malware just to finish it off. Glad you are back to normal though.
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17 Mar 2011   #16
techmonkey74

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit-HP OEM SP1 Installed
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
That's odd I don't use bing and I'm never offered any updates for it either. I'm guessing you installed the bar or something at some point...
"Bing Bar" is being offered in Windows Update. I myself have not taken it but it's here ready to download.
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29 Apr 2011   #17
ocsurfer

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Configuring Windows Update - Persistant

Just to let you know after the last round of Windows Updates I now too get this "Configuring Windows Update" each and every time I startup.

History, I have a fully legit and registered copy of Windows Home Premium 64 bit that I purchased directly from the Microsoft Store.

About 6 months ago (about a year after I upgraded my laptop to this OS) I began getting errors that my version of Windows wasn't valid. I spent countless emails and phone calls with Microsoft TS to get the issue resolved, but never really got it resolved. I finally installed a hack that prevents Windows from checking authenticity. I felt bad having to do that but since it IS a Legitimate copy, and I DID go through Due Dilligence with Microsoft, I felt it was justified.

That was about three months ago, and now after the most recent round of Windows Updates, now I'm getting this Configuring Windows Update message every time I start up which delays my startup for an additional 1-2 minutes.

I've read this thread but I'm still not sure what I should do.

What should I use to do a deep scan for Malware before I try and fix the missing registry stuff.
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29 Apr 2011   #18
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

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07 May 2012   #19
polaris2005

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi all.

When using the P2P Adjust wizard to restore an image to different hardware, there's a possability that users could experience a re-occurring message at Windows startup that states “Setup is preparing your computer for first use”.

The error occurs when a Windows installation was not completed correctly. The error will not have been displayed on the original computer, and is only visible after restoring an archive and performing a P2P adjustment.

Steps to correcting this error:
****NOTE: It always recommended to perform a backup before editing the registry.

1. Within Windows, Click Start - Run, type 'regedit' and press Enter.

2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup

3. Within HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup you will need to change the following values:

**Here is an example of what the registry values could look like

"SetupType"=dword:00000000
"SystemSetupInProgress"=dword:00000002
"SetupPhase"=dword:00000004
"CmdLine"="" (This field should be Blank )
"OOBEInProgress"=dword:00000001

** This is what the values needed to be changed to:

"SetupType"=dword:00000000
"SystemSetupInProgress"=dword:00000000
"SetupPhase"=dword:00000000
"CmdLine"="" (This field should be Blank )
"OOBEInProgress"=dword:00000000

Source: Setup is preparing your computer for first use” - Wilders Security Forums
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07 May 2012   #20
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RAWhitelock View Post
Ok guys. I merged my registry backups and I still had the issue so I ran system update and restored to a point just before my last windows update. That seems to have done the trick. The last thing I remember downloading is the miscrosoft update to the new bing bar (which I do not use, ever), I also download a program called "@BIOS" from gigabyte to update my BIOS. Either way, everything seems to be working now. Thanks for your help.
I very strongly advise that you follow the advice from Niemero on this matter. He a very strong expert in this area.

Next time you want to restore to a previous restore point then review this writeup and you will notice that the restore will tell you what programs will be affected.

RESTORE TO A PREVIOUS SYSTEM RESTORE POINT
1) WIN | type SYSTEM RESTORE | ENTER | NEXT
| Choose a different restore point radio button | NEXT
2) Show more restore pointscheckbox (lower left)
3) Highlight the desired restore point
4) Scan for affected programs(lower right)make a note of affected programs
5) CLOSE | NEXT | FINISH


WIN = key with the wavy Microsoft flag on top.
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