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Windows 7: It's time for Microsoft to fix the Windows 7 update slowdowns

14 May 2016   #131
profdlp

Main - Windows 7 Pro SP1 64-Bit; 2nd - Windows Server 2008 R2
 
 

We have been having problems with WU on a lot of machines at work. We are all Domain users and our Admin is judicious about which updates he permits. (All of the Important ones, some of the Recommended, very few Optional.) We still get calls all the time about "WU is taking forever...".

One thing we've found is that, for many users, if you cancel the search for updates and try it again it goes smoothly the second time around.


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14 May 2016   #132
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I have also found that if I stop the search in Task Manager and then do another Windows 7 Search thing speed up most of the time.
I believe what is happening, is that the new search finds another path to a available Microsoft Server.
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14 May 2016   #133
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

If members of this forum are coming up with ingenious work arounds to this update mess, why can't micromonopoly fix it? (We all know the answer - they could, but they won't).
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15 May 2016   #134
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Off The Wall

I know this is off the wall but I some times ponder. Are all the updates necessary? I haven't been having any major problems. A solution I have considered is stop up dating entirely.
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15 May 2016   #135
michael diemer

Windows 7 x64 SP1
 
 

Indeed, I have stopped updating, as it appears next to impossible to do it these days. If I go online with W7, it's to a specific place I trust, like a music company I want to download from. Everything else I'm on Ubuntu. My W7 install is mainly storage at this point.
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15 May 2016   #136
Anak

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HammerHead View Post
I know this is off the wall but I some times ponder. Are all the updates necessary? I haven't been having any major problems. A solution I have considered is stop up dating entirely.
Congratulations on your gold badge HH!
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Your solution would be okay because I rarely see an update to address a structural problem with win7; But, there are usually a half dozen every month that address remote-code execution if your machine would be visited by an attacker so you would be leaving your machine open to a possible attack if you visited a web site that harbors such activity.
Somehow that seems incongruous; How can a an operating system or parts of an operating system work okay, but is riddled with security flaws?!?


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Has anyone noticed that updating is much faster lately? I hear it has to do with KB3153199 | google search I just had my copy installed this Tuesday May10th and my updates were finished like greased lighting.
My fourteen updates took less than 15minutes and that includes the restart. I'm hopin' it keeps up for next month, knock on wood..It's time for Microsoft to fix the Windows 7 update slowdowns-15_10_2.gif


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15 May 2016   #137
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yep way too early to celebrate
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15 May 2016   #138
Brds7t7

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anak View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HammerHead View Post
I know this is off the wall but I some times ponder. Are all the updates necessary? I haven't been having any major problems. A solution I have considered is stop up dating entirely.
Congratulations on your gold badge HH!
Attachment 386722

Your solution would be okay because I rarely see an update to address a structural problem with win7; But, there are usually a half dozen every month that address remote-code execution if your machine would be visited by an attacker so you would be leaving your machine open to a possible attack if you visited a web site that harbors such activity.
Somehow that seems incongruous; How can a an operating system or parts of an operating system work okay, but is riddled with security flaws?!?


..............................

Has anyone noticed that updating is much faster lately? I hear it has to do with KB3153199 | google search I just had my copy installed this Tuesday May10th and my updates were finished like greased lighting.
My fourteen updates took less than 15minutes and that includes the restart. I'm hopin' it keeps up for next month, knock on wood..Attachment 386723
I was thinking exactly the same thing, that the updates were suddenly coming a lot quicker in my VM's.... That was until the last few days and they've become painfully slow again. One of them was still stuck on searching after 3 hours, so don't get too comfortable.
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15 May 2016   #139
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
The first one to install this month manually was KB3153199
Main page,
https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/MS16-062

Windows 7 sp1 32 bit download
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down....aspx?id=52214
Windows 7 sp1 64 bit download
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down....aspx?id=52232

Then the rest should come up with the update system
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15 May 2016   #140
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dallas 7 View Post
Callender I just ran a check for updates and amazingly it only took 2 or 3 minutes. The Ram usage was 31%. I uninstalled KB2990214 about 10 minutes before running that update check. Course I don't have a stack of updates to run right now, but an update search till now has been taking about an hour! Did uninstalling 2990214 make that difference??? Man if it did, WOW!
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Callender View Post
Yes that KB2990214 WUC update is known to cause problems. One of the other later WUC's also caused problems for me but I cannot remember which one.
Okay here's my list of problem WUC's to check for removal (the ones that caused problems)

Note   Note


KB 2990214 - Apr 2015 - WUC: enables ability to upgrade to Win10

KB 3065987 - Jul 2015 - WUC: unspecified "improvements" (replaces 3050265) adds telemetry

KB 3075851 - Aug 2015 - WUC: fixes mess due to KB3065987 [cuts down WUC memory usage, but hides Update notifications if GWX app is active] (replaces 3065987)

KB 3083324 - Sep 2015 - WUC: unspecified "improvements" (replaces 3075851) adds telemetry

KB 3083710 - Oct 2015 - WUC: unspecified "improvements" (replaces 3083324) adds telemetry

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