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Windows 7: Sticking with Windows 7? The forecast calls for pain

25 Mar 2016   #1
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Sticking with Windows 7? The forecast calls for pain

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For small businesses and consumers without enterprise deployment tools, a clean install of the aging Windows 7 can take a full day. And the problem's getting worse. Here's why.

On Monday morning, I began installing Windows 7 Pro on a clean virtual machine.

On Tuesday morning, more than 24 hours later, the installation was still not finished.

That, in a nutshell, is the unpleasant reality that consumers and small businesses face in sticking with Windows 7 as it counts down to the end of support, 1398 days from today.

The biggest problem, of course, is that Microsoft released Windows 7 Service Pack 1 on February 22, 2011, more than five years ago. Despite occasional rumors and hopes, Microsoft has never released a Service Pack 2 or even a post-SP1 update rollup. Which means that if you try to do a clean install using the most recent installation media, as I did on Monday, this is what you see when you run Windows Update.

Yes, 216 Important updates are available even with Service Pack 1 installed, and you'd have to be crazy to connect to the Internet without installing those patches first.

But that's not the worst of it...


Read more: Sticking with Windows 7? The forecast calls for pain | ZDNet





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25 Mar 2016   #2
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

I personally believe that Microsoft has lowered the allocation of bandwidth, which is understandable on one level, Windows 7 is in extended support you you would logically expect a reduction in the bandwidth, and of course they will need a considerable amount of updates bandwidth to cope with the Windows 10 downloads.

I cannot prove this but it does make some sense

I did a windows 7 in a virtual PC, a few days ago and it was up and running all updated in about two hours so I don't think it's as bad as was reported in the link
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25 Mar 2016   #3
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Easiest and quickest way I've found to install updates. Windows 7 Update Pack by DrWindows - März 2016
While this may not be much use to business users, it will save home users a lot of time. Used it on many installs.
It also helps to install the latest Windows update client too.
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25 Mar 2016   #4
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
I personally believe that Microsoft has lowered the allocation of bandwidth, which is understandable on one level, Windows 7 is in extended support you you would logically expect a reduction in the bandwidth, and of course they will need a considerable amount of updates bandwidth to cope with the Windows 10 downloads.
I don't remember Windows XP ever having downloads taking 24+ hours. I can still update my XP VM's pretty quickly. Seems strange that they've only done this to Windows 7.
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25 Mar 2016   #5
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

As I stated above mine took an hour or so recently on a virtual machine (1 core 4GM ram), so times are variable to say the least

Also can you please provide links only to English sites as this is an English language site as stated in the rules
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25 Mar 2016   #6
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

I've had much better luck with the latest windows update client installed. Updates were painfully slow before that but improved a lot on my VM's whenever those updates are installed.
It can also depend on the time of day too. I've noticed here in the UK I can get updates really quickly in the morning compared to taking hours in the evening.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Also can you please provide links only to English sites as this is an English language site as stated in the rules
Sorry about that Barman, completely forgot about the English rule. Feel free to remove.
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25 Mar 2016   #7
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

I'll leave it for a while as I'm a bit busy at the moment
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25 Mar 2016   #8
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I reinstalled win-7 last weekend it was a breeze
You just have to manually load a couple updates and it brings up 159 Important updates in 10 minutes
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25 Mar 2016   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Also can you please provide links only to English sites as this is an English
language site as stated in the rules
This is an international site where people can deal with many languages. I myself have no problem with 5 languages. So I don't think links should be restricted to English only.
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25 Mar 2016   #10
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Wolfgang, please reread the rules

12) This is an English based site. Please only post in English, or provide an English translation in your posts.

We reserve the right to ban anyone who willfully violates the forum rules or whose presence is deemed detrimental to the community or staff morale, as access to our support forums is a privilege and not a right.
We also reserve the right to modify, close, remove, delete, or take any other action we deem necessary and appropriate to ensure these forums are not disrupted or abused in any way
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