Your Windows 10 computer may sometimes get stuck in a boot loop after installing the latest updates. When this happens, an error message appears on the screen informing you that Windows is undoing the changes it has made to your computer. This error indicates that the computer failed to install the updates and is trying to roll back the changes.
Why is Windows 10 canceling the changes?
This error message occurs due to an update problem. Multiple reasons could explain why your computer is undoing the changes. For example, perhaps the Windows Update service stopped working while the computer was downloading the update.
Corrupted system files may have prevented Windows from installing updates. This problem can also occur if the computer unexpectedly shuts down during the update process.
How long does “Undoing changes made to this computer” take?
According to Windows 10 users, undoing changes made to the computer shouldn’t take more than an hour. Often, the message disappears on its own after 30 minutes. The bad news is that your device remains unusable all this time.
How can I fix the “Undo changes” error in Windows 10?
Turn off your PC and turn off the Wi-Fi
Press the power button to shut down the computer and perform a power consumption. Then turn off the Wi-Fi connection. Or you can just unplug the router if it’s more convenient for you. After doing this, wait two minutes. Then turn your computer back on and check if it is still “undoing changes”.
If you were able to start your computer normally, run SFC and DISM to repair the damaged system files. Also, rename the SoftwareDistribution folder.
Press the Windows and X keys at the same time and select Command Prompt (Admin).
Then run the following commands one by one:
- SFC /scannow
- DISM.exe / Online / Cleanup-image / Check Health
Wait until the end of the process.
Next, run the following commands:
- net stop wuausserv
- net stop bit
- rinomina C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\ in SoftwareDistribution.bak
- net start wuausserv
- net start bit
You can then connect your computer to the Internet and try to install the problematic updates again.
Boot into Safe Mode
If the default settings and drivers cause this problem, it should no longer occur in Safe Mode. The same is true if other programs interfere with the Windows Update service.
- Press the power button to turn off the device.
- Restart your computer, go to Settings, select Update & Security and go to Recovery.
- Then, go to Advanced Startup and click Restart Now.
- After your PC restarts, select Troubleshoot and go to Advanced Options.
- Select Startup Settings and then Restart.
- Press the F5 key to enter Safe Mode with Networking.
- In safe mode, go to Control Panel, select Uninstall a program and click View installed updates in the left pane. Uninstall the latest updates.
Then go to Update & Security and check for updates again. Check if the problem is gone.
Run System Repair
Restart your computer and immediately press and hold the power button for about 10 seconds to perform a full shutdown. Make sure you press the power button while the spinning dots are on the screen. Repeat these steps twice.
The computer should automatically boot into the recovery environment on the third reboot. Select Safe Mode if you couldn’t boot into Safe Mode using the method above. Then uninstall and reinstall the problematic update.
If the problem persists, repeat the previous steps again to start the recovery environment. Select Startup Repair this time.
If you’ve already restarted your computer countless times, but keep saying it’s undoing the most recent changes, let it do its thing. Several users confirmed that after 30 minutes their laptops restarted normally. However, the whole process can sometimes take up to an hour, so patience is key.
If your Windows 10 computer gets stuck on the “Undo changes” screen, press and hold the power button to shut it down. Then disable your internet connection and start your machine without connecting it to the internet. If your computer boots normally, run SFC and DISM.
Alternatively, you can also boot into Safe Mode and uninstall the problematic updates. If that doesn’t work, run Startup Repair to automatically fix problems that prevent Windows from loading. Were you able to solve the problem? Let us know in the comments below.