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Well, since the MiKTeX support site suggests filing bug reports here, here's the log file for today's update run. I don't really understand what the error messages are telling me. What can I do to resolve this issue?

2018-02-07 20:10:05,587+0100 INFO  Update - starting: Update Wizard 2.9.6588 (MiKTeX 2.9.6600 64-bit)
2018-02-07 20:12:46,263+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - starting package maintenance...
2018-02-07 20:12:46,263+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - installation directory: "C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9"
2018-02-07 20:12:46,263+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - package repository: ftp://mirror.switch.ch/mirror/tex/systems/win32/miktex/tm/packages/
2018-02-07 20:12:46,434+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - lightweight database digest: 5e54e1cd342c6ff3f009f7a932fe2cd3
2018-02-07 20:12:46,450+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - going to download 4134889 bytes
2018-02-07 20:12:46,450+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - going to install 34 file(s) (6 package(s))
2018-02-07 20:12:46,450+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - downloading ftp://mirror.switch.ch/mirror/tex/systems/win32/miktex/tm/packages/babel-french.tar.lzma...
2018-02-07 20:13:23,044+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - 362988 bytes, 9.69 KB/Sec
2018-02-07 20:13:23,091+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - extracting files from babel-french.tar.lzma...
2018-02-07 20:13:23,263+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - downloading ftp://mirror.switch.ch/mirror/tex/systems/win32/miktex/tm/packages/changebar.tar.lzma...
2018-02-07 20:13:55,376+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - 671455 bytes, 20.42 KB/Sec
2018-02-07 20:13:55,423+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - extracting files from changebar.tar.lzma...
2018-02-07 20:13:55,861+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - downloading ftp://mirror.switch.ch/mirror/tex/systems/win32/miktex/tm/packages/cleveref.tar.lzma...
2018-02-07 20:14:34,082+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - 491253 bytes, 12.56 KB/Sec
2018-02-07 20:14:34,113+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - extracting files from cleveref.tar.lzma...
2018-02-07 20:14:34,254+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - downloading ftp://mirror.switch.ch/mirror/tex/systems/win32/miktex/tm/packages/miktex-console-bin-x64-2.9.tar.lzma...
2018-02-07 20:14:39,458+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - 187840 bytes, 35.28 KB/Sec
2018-02-07 20:14:39,489+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - extracting files from miktex-console-bin-x64-2.9.tar.lzma...
2018-02-07 20:14:39,614+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - downloading ftp://mirror.switch.ch/mirror/tex/systems/win32/miktex/tm/packages/miktex-luatex-bin-x64-2.9.tar.lzma...
2018-02-07 20:18:34,703+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - 2138906 bytes, 8.89 KB/Sec
2018-02-07 20:18:34,750+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - extracting files from miktex-luatex-bin-x64-2.9.tar.lzma...
2018-02-07 20:18:35,250+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - downloading ftp://mirror.switch.ch/mirror/tex/systems/win32/miktex/tm/packages/miktex-xetex-bin-x64-2.9.tar.lzma...
2018-02-07 20:18:49,375+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - 282447 bytes, 19.52 KB/Sec
2018-02-07 20:18:49,422+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - extracting files from miktex-xetex-bin-x64-2.9.tar.lzma...
2018-02-07 20:19:02,751+0100 ERROR update.core - The executed process did not succeed.
2018-02-07 20:19:02,751+0100 ERROR update.core - The executed process did not succeed.
2018-02-07 20:19:02,751+0100 ERROR update.core - Data: fileName="C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex/bin/x64\initexmf.exe", exitCode="1"
2018-02-07 20:19:02,751+0100 ERROR update.core - Data: fileName="C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex/bin/x64\initexmf.exe", exitCode="1"
2018-02-07 20:19:02,751+0100 ERROR update.core - Source: Libraries\MiKTeX\Core\Process\Process.cpp:166
2018-02-07 20:19:02,751+0100 ERROR update.core - Source: Libraries\MiKTeX\Core\Process\Process.cpp:166
2018-02-07 20:19:02,751+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - 
2018-02-07 20:19:02,751+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - Error: The executed process did not succeed.
2018-02-07 20:47:31,318+0100 INFO  Update - starting: Update Wizard 2.9.6588 (MiKTeX 2.9.6600 64-bit)
2018-02-07 21:24:02,238+0100 INFO  Update - starting: Update Wizard 2.9.6588 (MiKTeX 2.9.6600 64-bit)
2018-02-07 21:42:10,497+0100 INFO  Update - starting: Update Wizard 2.9.6588 (MiKTeX 2.9.6600 64-bit)
2018-02-07 21:42:44,955+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - 
2018-02-07 21:42:44,955+0100 INFO  FileCopyPage - Error: MiKTeX encountered an internal error.

I tried updating again, but it tells me my distro is up to date, so it won't do anything any more. If I try updating with pre-release packages, the update wizard stops unexpectedly. When I try running XeLaTeX in TeXStudio, it tells me it can't start the process. Of course, there's no log file of this, since it's created by XeLaTeX. Any suggestions? Uninstal MikTeX and reinstall? Can I save a copy of my packages somewhere else on the machine, so I don't have to download them all over again or is that ill advised?

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    You can ask about the usage here. But bug reports should go in the issue tracker: github.com/MiKTeX/miktex/issues. You can try to "deinstall" xetex by deleting its entry in packages.ini (backup packages.ini first) and then reinstall it with the package manager (admin). – Ulrike Fischer Feb 7 '18 at 20:59
  • You mean this one C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9\miktex\config\packages.ini that says ;;; DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE!, right? I copied it to my desktop, now I will proceed to delete the three lines about XeTeX. – thymaro Feb 7 '18 at 22:19
  • Once again, I advise MikTeX users to try the portable version. Reason: Once you get it working, you can zip the entire installation and save it. Then, if something causes a problem, you can simply revert to the known-good installation by unzipping what you saved. – user139954 Feb 7 '18 at 22:31
  • Meh... didn't help. I filed an issue on github. Thanks for the link. – thymaro Feb 7 '18 at 22:39

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