Originally Posted by townsbg
The problem is that this is not so much a Windows Update failure, rather an incompatibility problem with Advanced Format Disks. It is therefore quite possible that even a format would not actually fix this error.
The best solution is to remove the problematic disk (usually a large hard drive), disable Advanced Formats, install the update, and then reinstall the hardware. The problem arises if the hard disk you have the problem on is also the one you hae you OS installed on. *sigh*
'tis not a good problem! What Microsoft really need to do is to release a flashing utility. I don't know how hard it is to make, presumably extremely hard.