“Failure configuring Windows updates. Reverting changes” on a Lenovo Laptop

I recently had to apply Windows updates to a new Lenovo laptop running Windows 8. There were about 50 or so updates to apply, but each time I tried to install them I received the following error message on reboot:

“Failure configuring Windows Updates. Reverting Changes”

After the reboot had completed, I examined the update history and found that none of the updates had installed and all were marked as failed. I did a bit of digging, and in the end it turned out that this is a common problem with Lenovo laptops and was caused by a service called the ‘Nalpeiron Licensing Service’. I am not sure why this is pre installed, but it appears that it is not an essential service, so I simply opened the services console (services.msc) and stopped and then disabled this service. After completing this action Windows updates installed without error.


3 Responses to “Failure configuring Windows updates. Reverting changes” on a Lenovo Laptop

  1. Michael says:

    The process is preinstalled on my machine as well, after some poking around, you will see it is benign and won’t cause any other issues. Feel free to uninstall it.

    More information on Nalpeiron can be found here: http://www.nalpeiron.com

  2. bigbadrobbo says:

    Thanks so much! Fixed it for me too. (Lenovo desktop).

  3. smithyboyo says:

    Thanks so much, I have been struggling for days with my Lenovo not updating properly. Much appreciated and thanks again.

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