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

17 Apr 2016   #1
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 
It's time for Microsoft to fix the Windows 7 update slowdowns

Seriously, I'm getting real tired of waiting hours with no results. How come there aren't any problems with updates when it comes to Win 10? My Wife's 8.1 lappy has few problems when it comes to updates. The only updates I have problems with are Win 7 for some odd reason.

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Even with the latest Windows Update client, applying updates remains glacially slow

For several months, I've seen complaints about slow Windows 7 updates. This month, the gripes have reached a crescendo, and it's time for Microsoft to fix it.

Back in March, I created two squeaky-clean installations of Windows 7, starting with a Microsoft-created copy of Windows 7 Service Pack 1. In one, I relied on Automatic Update to pull down and install all of the "checked" updates, except for the "Upgrade to Windows 10 Pro, version 1511, 10586" optional update. On the other, I picked specific updates and applied them manually.

In both cases, it took overnight to complete the task. On several occasions, I simply gave up in disgust and moved to another task.
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At one point, it appeared as if installing the latest Windows Update Client -- version 7.6.7601.19161, from KB 3138612 -- would help, but for many people, that doesn't work. The latest kernel patch, KB 3139852, looked like a savior at one point (for reasons unknown), but it fizzled out, too. Instead, would-be updaters are floundering for an hour, two hours, six hours, trying to get a list of available Windows updates.
It's time for Microsoft to fix the Windows 7 update slowdowns | InfoWorld


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17 Apr 2016   #2
Callender

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

See ThrashZone's suggestion:

Reinstalled twice, but Windows still won't update

Note   Note

Before you start download KB3083710 and KB3102810 in advance, and store them on a flash drive
Start and complete the install without an internet connection
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17 Apr 2016   #3
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

Thanks for the link, much appreciated. Will keep that on file if I decide to do a clean install.

Unfortunately, I don't want to have to re-install Win 7 & jump through hoops just to get the damn updates that worked well for many years until 10 reared it's head. I have seriously been running the lappy with 7 64 every day....for 3 freakin days now! All day long & nothing comes through. Then you have instances where it works with no problems, but those are far 7 few between nowadays. Two days ago I updated 10 & 8.1 on the PC & my Wife's 8.1 with no problems.

On my 7 32, the updates came though on Thur & are listed, but when I tried to d/l them on Fri & Sat it just hangs on "downloading updates" all day long. When I updated MSE today it took over an hour just to get the defs. I have tried various fixes, all kinds of steps, etc & finally realize it's not on my end, it's on MS's end & they haven't fixed it, either out of laziness or they want people to throw their hands up in frustration & say "Fine, I'll update to 10."
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17 Apr 2016   #4
Callender

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

Might be worth running RAMMap when running an update check.

Windows 7 updates

How to remove Windows 10 upgrade updates in Windows 7 and 8 - see open handles.
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17 Apr 2016   #5
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

Thank you, I will have a look & see what that yields.
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17 Apr 2016   #6
HammerHead

win 7 X64 Ultimate SP1
 
 
Windows 7 update slowdowns

Borg ................ I have really noticed a significant slow down in updating. I thought it might be my connection. Is everyone experiencing this slow down? I agree it may be another snag in the continued use of 7 that MS has thrown down.
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17 Apr 2016   #7
Borg 386

Win 7 32 Home Premium, Win 7 64 Pro, Win 8.1, Win 10
 
 

It's not just you & me HammerHead, do a Google search & you'll see many people are complaining about this.

RAMmap shows there may be a problem as you stated in the post Callender, but the fix is not easy as you stated.

Last month I must have gotten lucky because the same lappy only took 45 mins to find updates & 1 1/2 hours to install them. Nothing changed except what I added last month, which I carefully scanned to avoid any 10 related patches slipping by.

In the past few months I've seen the instances of delays for 7 updates get progressively worse & worse. It's gotten to the point where several articles have been written addressing the issue. What's next MS?
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17 Apr 2016   #8
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I'd ignore the suggestion to install net framework 4.6.1 it is not good for a 32 bit system I have
I had to get rid of it and install net 4.5.2 instead,

Then turn off or change the windows update settings to Never check for updates.
Save kb3145739 to your downloads folder to install later after you restart the machine
https://technet.microsoft.com/librar...or=-2147217396

If you get an error installing kb3145739 it's because the new update settings changes did not stick.
The stand alone installer search was lightening fast and finally installed the above kb314....

After installing it restart again
Switch to Check for update but let me ..... then manually check for updates
It took about 5 minute to find the rest of the updates for April plus all of the net 4.5.2 updates
There's no real reason this should work
I can see it as a net 4.6.1 bug on 32 bit in my case though

But the issue did not affect 2 64 bit installs with net 4.6.1 matter of fact neither had any issue finding the updates on startup or soon after without manually checking for updates

One other note is the 32 bit system has always shown 50%++ cpu usage from our friend svchost.exe and now it's back to normal without turning off windows updates
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17 Apr 2016   #9
Brds7t7

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

Hi Borg, having the same discussion over here: Windows update taking forever
I've yet to find a "permanent" fix for my situation. A lot of workarounds which work temporarily but nothing permanent for me and I've tried every fix posted on these forums.
Callender says he's had some luck with it, but it doesn't seem to work for me.
I just gave up in the end and started updating manually.
Not ideal but less hassle.
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17 Apr 2016   #10
newsouth42

Windows 10 PRO v1511 64 bit
 
 
Windows 7 Updates-Forever

Wanted to chime in & pile-on the W7 update conundrum of 200+ updates. I've had occasions to Update W7 on numerous occasions w/ very long wait times (upwards to 6 -12 hours). Inordinate waiting is the norm and recently, 'update errors' are occupying additional hours. So, yes Microsoft--it is time to correct w/o promoting W10 Updates. j
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