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Windows 7: Windows update service makes system extremely slow

17 Aug 2010   #1

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Windows update service makes system extremely slow

One of my users is having a severe problem.

When automatic updates is enabled on this machine, the hard drive thrashes and makes the machine extremely slow. Slow as in clicks take around a minute to register. Disabling automatic updates corrects the problem. Has anyone else had this problem in Windows 7 and know of a fix?

So far, I have tried clearing the SoftwareDistribution folder to no effect.

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17 Aug 2010   #2

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Let me start off, I do not know the connection between the HD and updates, but I do know clicks and HD do not play well together. I would go to the website of the HD mfg. and take the HD test.
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