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  1. bsd107's Avatar
    My kid is still using a Surface 2 64GB for home and school use. It had been working great for years, but about a month ago a Windows Update was received which basically hung on reboot, and resulted in a blue screen error on boot. The device was not recoverable. Trying to boot, I get a BSOD with:

    "
    Recovery

    Your PC needs to be repaired

    The application or operating system couldn't be loaded because a required file is missing or contains errors.

    File: \Windows\system32\winload.efi
    Error code: 0xc000000f

    You'll need to use the recovery tools on your installation media... blah blah blah
    "

    To get the Surface 2 back working again, I have to use the Surface Recovery Image which I downloaded from Microsoft and prepared by following their instructions (I downloaded this in October 2017). I then boot the Surface 2 by holding Vol- while powering on, which boots from the USB recovery image, which then asks for my recovery key. No method of trying to refresh the PC works - I have to do a full Reset which wipes everything from the device. I select to do repartitioning, and when it asks to reset the TPM, I let it reset the TPM.

    Following the above method gets the Surface 2 running again. But, of course, Windows Update then runs, and eventually in the series of updates it ends up bricking the machine again and I am right back where I started. I have to do the full Reset procedure described above, wiping out the install and everything on it, to get the Surface 2 back again.

    Some update is bricking my Surface 2 to the same BSOD on boot, and it is now doing it EVERY time after I successfully reinstall the OS. As any Surface 2 user will know, Windows Updates are extremely slow. If right after Reset the OS I keep manually requesting Windows Update, it will be bricked by some time that day. If after Resetting the OS I just let my kid use the Surface 2, and let the OS run the Updates on its own schedule, it typically takes a few days until it is bricked again.

    I have now gone through the above cycle at least 5 times.

    As an alternative to the Microsoft-provided recovery image, last night I tried the Recovery ISO provided by someone on this forum, the one described as Recovery Image updated to Dec 18 2015. I ended up with the same result after forcing Windows Updates - first a firmware update which went OK, and then the next Windows Update resulted in the same bricked machine with the same BSOD on boot.

    Is there any way that I can STOP Windows Updates on this machine? I just need it to be usable for my kid - I don't need the latest device-bricking updates.

    This holiday I'll replace the device, but I want the device to survive until then. And it is a nice little Netflix/Hulu device, in addition to a backup Office device. It is REDICULOUS that I can no longer use it due to Microsoft OS bugs.

    Thanks in advance for any help.
    Last edited by bsd107; 11-05-2017 at 10:54 AM. Reason: typo
    11-05-2017 10:50 AM
  2. T Moore's Avatar
    Did you ever get this problem fixed?
    This is caused by an update conflict.
    There is a way to prevent this and you can stop auto updates
    03-14-2018 11:20 PM
  3. bsd107's Avatar
    Did you ever get this problem fixed?
    This is caused by an update conflict.
    There is a way to prevent this and you can stop auto updates
    Nope, never was able to get this fixed. I couldn't figure out how to stop autoupdates, and after about ten times of trying and the Surface 2 bricking itself, I finally gave up. Kid now has a new laptop instead.

    Completely ridiculous that an update literally BRICKS the Surface 2 over and over, with no bug fix in sight. Device would still otherwise be totally usable...
    03-16-2018 09:17 PM
  4. T Moore's Avatar
    Wanna bring it back to life?

    Use the recovery image on USB from MS. Boot from the USB


    Go to troubleshooting. restore
    You will have the selection, - ‘Just remove my files’ or ‘Fully clean the drive’. Select ‘Fully clean the drive’
    One of the pages will ask for a drive encryption key. Go to the bottom of the page and select ‘Not this Drive”. Partition selection, Select Yes, repartition the drives.
    In the setup, select your color, you can’t change this later, skip connecting to WiFi, you can add your account later, you do not have to enter a password when you set the user name.

    When the reset finishes, in settings go to ‘Power and Sleep’, ‘When plugged in’ set to ‘Never’. Setup anything else you need, like connecting a mouse.

    run regedit

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\auto update\AUOptions
    Auoptions will be set to 4, change it to 2
    1 : Never check for updates
    2 : Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them
    3 : Download updates but let me choose whether to install them
    4 : Install updates automatically


    To quickly see if this is going to fix your problem you can uncheck all Office updates, just install the others.


    Turn on WiFi, Search for updates from the Control Panel, Windows Update you, will see a firmware update, install the firmware along with all Windows updates, restart

    Turn off Wi Fi Install kb2919355 restart

    WiFi is still off, Install KB3173424, restart

    WiFi is still off, Install KB3172614, restart

    Wi Fi is still off, install KB3097667.

    After the restart, right-click on Taskbar > Properties, Start Menu. Check the box, Use the Start Menu instead of the Start Screen for no more metro screen.

    Now you can install other updates.
    ************************************


    KB2919355, KB3173424, KB3172614 and KB3097667 are standalone MSU update installer files that you download to install at the correct time.
    Download KB2919355 HERE http://download.windowsupdate.com/ms...de7b826f85.msu
    Download KB3173424 HERE http://download.windowsupdate.com/d/...72fe83c8c7.msu
    Download KB3172614 HERE http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/...39e1754426.msu
    Download KB3097667 Windows RT 8.1 Update 3 Standalone Package https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49143
    Download these ahead of time and place them on the USB drive to install at the correct time. There is room on the boot USB drive to create a MSU folder for these files.


    The repeated winload.efi error may indicate bad sectors on the disk.
    I have quick formatted drive c from the command prompt in the startup, blue screen selections. you may need to run chkdsk c: /f
    03-17-2018 06:52 PM
  5. bdball's Avatar
    Not the same problem but my Surface 2 got an update today and now I can no longer download from the app store or open any non Microsoft apps. Tried cleaning the store cache and a few other ideas I found on the internet but to no avail. Hoping Microsoft just has an issue right now but find it really annoying that apps just don't open.
    04-11-2018 07:50 PM
  6. T Moore's Avatar
    Not the same problem but my Surface 2 got an update today and now I can no longer download from the app store or open any non Microsoft apps. Tried cleaning the store cache and a few other ideas I found on the internet but to no avail. Hoping Microsoft just has an issue right now but find it really annoying that apps just don't open.
    It wasn't the update that gave the problem It is easy to blame them.
    The problem was with the store. It was down from Fri to Wed night. Should be working now.
    04-12-2018 08:53 AM
  7. bdball's Avatar
    I think I had multiple things going on. Yes the store was down and seems back up but since the Security Update KB4093114 installed yesterday, my apps took much longer to open. For instance Password Padlock normally will display a screen and within a couple seconds go to the login screen. After the security update it stayed on that first screen for well over a minute. I've uninstalled the update and now the apps are working as before. As for the App store, I still can't access My Account from it. It times out with an error. The rest of the store seems to work now though. I can download apps again.
    04-12-2018 09:35 AM

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