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16 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Windows 7 (64 bit) updates / boot

I wonder if anyone can advise on this. Basically on Tuesday there were a few windows updates. I donít have them auto install, instead I have it set to notify of availability. There were about 10-15 in total. So I installed them. After I re-booted my boot time took a fair bit longer, about a minute extra to normal. No problem I thought as immediately after installation this is normal as windows configures itself. However subsequent reboots remained slow by about the same. It took about 8 or 9 more reboots to return to normality on the boot speed. It has happened before after windows updates but not often. I think one of them was Net Framework related update which was a reasonably sizeable update.

Does anyone know why this happened? Is that normal? I am not sure whether all the reboots fixed it or whether having rebooted after the ninth or so time I gave the laptop a fair amount of idle time before trying again.

Also how often does Windows 7 check on itís own for updates? Reason I ask is I did a manual check yesterday evening which showed no new updates. Then I booted this morning and under the update / security settings it said the last check for updates was yesterday evening and not this morning. Does it only do a check every 24 hours or something like that? Normally, having re-booted the last check will always say it was done a few minutes after the boot.

Many thanks,

My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Feb 2012   #2

Windows 8 64 bit PRO

An extra minute of boot time is consider normal while windows is setting up and installing the files. Longer shutdown and boot up may be experienced. However this should be immediatly after an update cycle. If no windows updates or software installations were done afterwards you should boot up and shut down in the same amount of time you usually accomplish these task. If your boot up is taking longer it may be startup software, or your hard drive just being fragmented therefore taking longer to read and find files.

As for windows checking updates. I do not know how often or after how many hours windows decides to connect to windows update servers and check for new updates. However Windows tends to release updates on a schedule. Usually Tuesday is Update days. I know because is those times of the week my computer will tend to get a restart.
Tuesday Patch Day
For more information
Windows Update - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Ok, thank you. I'm thinking maybe the laptop needed a certain amount of idle time after the updates rather than continous reboots one after the other. Pretty stumped as it returned to normality about 8 or 9 boots later. My startup items are not that bloated and nothing had changed. Maybe the net framework update was responsible. Computers are great eh? Like trying to find a needle in a haystack when looking for causes/fixes!!!

I'm not super happy with the boot anyway. It takes about a minute to get into windows and another 30/40 seconds before I can use it responsively. Am getting a SSD cache drive (OCZ synapse) to try and give it some impetus without the need for a full re-install. I read some good things about these as they potentially speed up the whole computer with hot data residing on the SSD. Although the dataplex software from NVELO has had some criticisms!

My System SpecsSystem Spec

16 Feb 2012   #4

Windows 8 64 bit PRO

If you liked we can continue on to investigate what if anything is decreasing boot up time.
Boot Times - Monitor with Event Viewer
This tutorial is helpful at analyzing event log files that deal with performance load times.

This is a tutorial by another member that made a nice little downloadble file to modify the settings of "wait to kill "
Shut Down -Speed Up

basically it will shutdown faster. Personally I do not do this, i am never in a hurry to shutdown. (I leave my PC running overnights for many days.)

Optimize Windows 7

I suggest you take a look at the following steps:

If you have any questions or concern please post back :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Feb 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

I recall 3:00 am everyday as the default setting for installing updates (ever since the XP days). Not sure as to when the check is made. I would guess the time it checks is random so that they are not overloaded with downloads.

Second Tuesday of the month is Microsoft's "Patch Tuesday". If there is an update deemed very critical (security-wise) MS will release it for updating when it's ready. Think they call it an "out of band" patch.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Feb 2012   #6

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.NET updates can be problematic. The problem appears to be related to the .NET optimization service. It can run with high CPU usage for ages after an update.
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