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Windows 7: Does it take over 5 hours to 'check' a years worth of updates ?

17 Mar 2016   #1
Trapper

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 
Does it take over 5 hours to 'check' a years worth of updates ?

My brothers W7 Pro laptop was last updated Jan 2015, he was then diagnosed with Alzheimer and so the laptop got a bit forgotten about.

Anyway, I decided to charge it back up and see if it still worked, it did and started the Windows Update 'Checking for Updates.....' with the green sliding bar. It has now been running about 5 hours and is still 'Checking for Updates......

I do not know if this is a realistic time scale or if Update is having a bit of a wobbly, or its stuck somewhere going nowhere. Any suggestions?


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17 Mar 2016   #2
GEWB

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM
 
 

Yup. It could take all night. Been there, done that.

Regards,
GEWB
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17 Mar 2016   #3
Trapper

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Thanks for fast reply GEWB, I have another 6 hours or so to go before bed so hope it will be finished by then.....
I did not want to leave it on charge overnight if not finished but will have to I suppose or lose what it has already 'checked' Just installed new smoke detectors so hope this won't test them!!
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17 Mar 2016   #4
legacy7955

win 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Trapper View Post
Thanks for fast reply GEWB, I have another 6 hours or so to go before bed so hope it will be finished by then.....
I did not want to leave it on charge overnight if not finished but will have to I suppose or lose what it has already 'checked' Just installed new smoke detectors so hope this won't test them!!
I'd let it run 24-36 hours .
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20 Mar 2016   #5
GEWB

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM
 
 

As a test I'm loading a fresh Win7 Home in a new VM. First update check after fresh install is currently on hour number 12.

Regards,
GEWB
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20 Mar 2016   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
I find it helps if you download and manually install the latest Net framework 4.6.1 first
Use ie11 to download it and use Save and open on the download popup on the bottom
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/down....aspx?id=49982

After that do the same for the latest update client
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3138612
Let it run now.
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20 Mar 2016   #7
GEWB

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM
 
 

Check took 16 hours. Returned about 160 recommended and about 60 optional updates.

Time to blow it away.

Regards,
GEWB
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20 Mar 2016   #8
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Install them in goups of no more than 10-15 at a time, starting with the oldest ones first.
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20 Mar 2016   #9
GEWB

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Install them in goups of no more than 10-15 at a time, starting with the oldest ones first.
Good advice for 95% of the members out here!

As for me, time to delete the VDI image as I have no use for another Windows installation - I still have seven installations of five versions but most of my work is now done under Linux Mint (except Adobe RoboHelp, Lightroom and Corel VidioStudio).

Regards,
GEWB
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