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Windows 7: Windows Update is so slow it is unusable - How to fix?

12 Feb 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Windows Update is so slow it is unusable - How to fix?

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit SP 1
ASUS laptop K52F

Windows update is extremely slow. Windows Update IS downloading updates but the download speed is so very slow - about 10 - 15 kbps - that Windows Update is essentially unusable. I tested my download speed against other sites, for example updating Malwarebytes database & that download speed was 760 kbps (as measured using NetWork 'Speed Meter' utility). I tried rebooting but this did not work. What could possibly be wrong? I have scanned my laptop with Avast, Malwarebytes, etc & nothing was found. I ran sfc /scannow and nothing was found I have had this type of problem before and rebooting solved the problem. Not this time. Any suggestions?

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12 Feb 2014   #2
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

It could be due to a server overload. Try to download the updates during odd hours. Maybe the servers are less laoded.

It could also be your AV program or the firewall making extensive checks. For a test, take those down during the updates. That is an iffy operation so you really do not want to do that all the time. But at least you could determine whether that is the cause.
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13 Feb 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

To close the loop on this problem:

As to the problem with Microsoft Windows Update -- I downloaded from Microsoft a program that "fixes" Windows Update. When I ran this program, it found two problems (although it did not specify the details :-( ) that it fixed. From then on, I was able to complete all of the updates. I did 17 updates of approximately 140 MB in about 50 minutes. For some folks, this would be quite slow. But I was fine with this speed.
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