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Windows 7: Every time I install Windows Update my computer slows way down

01 May 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home 64 Bit
 
 
Every time I install Windows Update my computer slows way down

I just purchased a new Dell XPS 17.3" Laptop. It worked great, running on the wifi internet about 15/mbps. Then it automatically began downloading and installing windows updates. It took over 10 hours to install the updates. After that it ran at 1-2/mbps! I restored to a previous time (prior to the updates) and it great worked again. Then Windows Update installed again. It installed over 75 updates, but in just a half hour. Then it slowed again. I restored again and now I have turned off Windows Update.

How do I fix this?

I'm still within Best Buy's warranty period. Should I return it? I'd prefer to fix it, I've already transferred all my data.

Thanks for your help. -N

Windows 7
8GB RAM
1TB Hard Drive
Intel i7 Processor
Dell XPS 17.3"

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01 May 2012   #2

win7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

you could return it and get a replacement--then bring it home and see if the same thing happens--that would eliminate the 'machine' as the source of the problem.

you could read the description of each update to see if one or more could be the cause of the problem (in my experience, windows 'security' updates have a bad habit of changing settings on a machine--for security reasons--that's why I, personally, keep windows updates turned off) of course reading all the white papers will take a lot of time.

you could just leave 'updates' turned off--although most people will disagree with this decision--I, myself, turned off windows updates right after I installed the OS and have 'never' had a problem--but I maintain my anti virus and anti malware apps and always pay attention to what my machine is doing (am a bit OCD)...so...that's all the advice I can offer.
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02 May 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks tman69. I'm fine not having Windows Update. I use Webroot for security but can always just reformat if it is just a software issue.

How long has it been working without updating windows? Any other downside I should know about if I have to do that long term?

Naturally I like to just have Windows Update working properly but it's not clear to me why I would this issue and someone else wouldn't also have the issue is they did the same updates? Is the update the issue or the installer?

Thanks again tman69. Until I get a better idea I'm taking your advice and just leaving it off.
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02 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums Narissa.

From a security standpoint alone I would not recommend disabling Windows Updates.

Please download and run the System Updates Readiness Tool as this may fix underlying problems when trying to update your computer: Download: System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 (KB947821) [February 2012] - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details

In addition, have you tried to install SP1? If not, you can get it here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...service-pack-1

Further SP1 support here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2498452

Also, it won't hurt to contact Best Buy and see what they have to say. You may as well make use of your warranty while you still have it.
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02 May 2012   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Install the updates. They were created and released for very good reasons and at great expense to Microsoft.

Install the updates.

Install the updates.

Some of them are critical for security reasons.

What I suggest is that you:
WIN | type Windows Update | ENTER
Change settings (left-hand side) |
there will be four checkmark boxes, Checkmark ALL of them |
above the checkmark boxes, you will see a dropdown box
the drop down box, probably shows:
Install updates automatically (recommended) |
using the arrow in the dropdown box, select Never check for updates |
Don't worry about the dire icon with a rec X |
click on OK at the bottom |

WIN=key with Microsoft logo on top

This is going to stop Win 7 from trying to update.

You still want to update.
I'm going to give you a procedure for updating. Please carry out that procedure, precisely as written.
There are a couple of updates which will take forever and a day. Just be patient and let them finish.
There is a note about this in the procedure I'm giving.

UPDATING YOUR WIN 7
ASSURE THAT YOU RECEIVE ALL UPDATES
WIN | type WINDOWS UPDATE | ENTER |
Change settings (left-hand column) |
checkmark all four of the boxes | OK
button

Approve any dialog boxes presented. Let Windows install any update features.

WIN is the key with the Microsoft flag on top.

INSTALL CRITICAL UPDATES
Check for Updates
(left-hand column)
Install ALL critical updates.
Restart your computer (even if not prompted)

Repeat this procedure until there are no more critical updates.

DO NOT TRUST the “Windows is up to date” in center of dialog. until you see that TWICE IN A ROW!

INSTALL IMPORTANT UPDATES
Use the “critical update” procedure until all important updates are installed.

INSTALL OPTIONAL UPDATES
Use the “critical update” procedure until all optional updates are installed.

Under Optional updates you will be presented with a list of about 34 language updates.
You can hide those updates so that aren't continually notified of those updates. When you click on 34 optional updates are available, then you
a) highlight all of the language updates,
b) right-click anywhere in the highlighted list.
c) click on Hide Updates,
d) OK button.


UPDATE GOLDEN RULES

Install ALL, yes, ALL updates.
This is Win 7 and not Vista or XP (eXPired).

UPDATE IS HUNG –TAKING FOREVER
Hung is very doubtful unless you interrupted updates.

CTRL + SHIFT + ESC key combo will pop-up the Task Manager.
Lo and behold, Windows Update is still running!

You hold down the CTRL and SHIFT keys.
While holding them down, tap the ESC key once.
=======================================
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02 May 2012   #6

win7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

narissa,

"How long has it been working without updating windows? Any other downside I should know about if I have to do that long term?"

three years with NO updates--no downsides that I've experienced

IMO--most people truly believe that they 'must' protect themselves with 'security' updates--but--no one has ever given me a 'good valid' reason--they just follow the MS credo that says they 'must' for security reasons...following that reasoning...we should ALL update our cars and appliances and cell phones, etc, etc, because the manufacturer says so...

but you must do what works for 'you'...it's really a matter of choice...myself...I build computers and always disable windows updates and Internet Explorer
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02 May 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tman69 View Post
narissa,

"How long has it been working without updating windows? Any other downside I should know about if I have to do that long term?"

three years with NO updates--no downsides that I've experienced

IMO--most people truly believe that they 'must' protect themselves with 'security' updates--but--no one has ever given me a 'good valid' reason--they just follow the MS credo that says they 'must' for security reasons...following that reasoning...we should ALL update our cars and appliances and cell phones, etc, etc, because the manufacturer says so...

but you must do what works for 'you'...it's really a matter of choice...myself...I build computers and always disable windows updates and Internet Explorer
Obviously you do what is best for you, but I feel you are doing people a disservice by advising them to dispense with updates.

Updates are cost-free and plug holes in security breaches so why wouldn't people use them?

Makes no sense to me.
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02 May 2012   #8

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
 
 

If your computer downloaded .net framework updates it will be sluggish for a while.
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02 May 2012   #9

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tman69 View Post
narissa,

"How long has it been working without updating windows? Any other downside I should know about if I have to do that long term?"

three years with NO updates--no downsides that I've experienced

IMO--most people truly believe that they 'must' protect themselves with 'security' updates--but--no one has ever given me a 'good valid' reason--they just follow the MS credo that says they 'must' for security reasons...following that reasoning...we should ALL update our cars and appliances and cell phones, etc, etc, because the manufacturer says so...

but you must do what works for 'you'...it's really a matter of choice...myself...I build computers and always disable windows updates and Internet Explorer
You build computers for who, for what, where.

Your advice is the worst that I've seen in a very, very long time.
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02 May 2012   #10

win7 ultimate 32bit
 
 

karlsnooks,
"You build computers for who, for what, where.
Your advice is the worst that I've seen in a very, very long time."

thanks for the input--gee I never realized that...
I build computers for myself and anyone who wants a high end machine.
point #1. I personally know code writers who work for MS and they find the whole 'updates' thing to be a running joke.
point #2. I've yet to meet a 'high-end' gamer with a truly high-end rig, who has 'updates' turned on--in fact very few even run an AV program as AV programs tend to slow down their machines.
point #3. my advice is free and it's not advice--it's experience and knowledge...if you want to be one of the 'sheep' that follows the accepted line of thought then that's up to you--but please--don't judge me.

am out
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