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24 Feb 2016   #1
motim

Windows 7 Pro 32 bit
 
 
Windows Update

Hello,
While searching for answers to solve the problem of very slow downloading updates, I found an interesting answer of a Canadian Tech to a similar question here "http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...e-74a5b1660731", is it possible Microsoft's behavior ?
Hope I did not break any rule by sending this answer (sorry if I did), but it is interesting.
Thanks
Motim


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24 Feb 2016   #2
BigBear68

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I am currently experiencing this as I had to do a repair install over the weekend and now have over 200 updates to install (minus any windows 10 or other stuff I don't want),as an average I am selecting 10 security updates at a time and it is roughly taking three and a half hours per block of ten.There are many conspiracy theories on the net against Microsoft at the moment (they are throttling servers to windows 7+8 updates to try and force people to upgrade etc),I think it is just going to take a huge amount of patience and time as far as updates go from now on.
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24 Feb 2016   #3
wben353

Win 7 Home Premium x64/Linux Lite 2.6 x64
 
 

You should be able to install about 100 at a time, albeit slow.
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24 Feb 2016   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709
 
 

Everybody has their own methods.
I do them in batches of 10 to 20; all depends on the size. I always reboot after a batch whether requested to or not. Then do another batch ect., ect.
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24 Feb 2016   #5
BigBear68

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I have read it is recommended to install them in small batches but at three and a half hours per block of ten im not sure if selecting more would increase this time or not,just had 10 install now and have selected another 10,will monitor the time for this batch,the odd thing is 0kb total,0% complete never changes right up till I get the restart screen.
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24 Feb 2016   #6
wben353

Win 7 Home Premium x64/Linux Lite 2.6 x64
 
 

Yes, everyone has their own methods.

I suggested 100 or so due to the fact that Windows Update stores all the updates in ram prior to verification & installation. If you have 4gb of ram at about 160 updates you receive out of memory error & no installation occurs. If you open task manager & click performance tab you can see ram load as updates download.
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24 Feb 2016   #7
BigBear68

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

As a small test yesterday I downloaded a single update from the Microsoft store (windows 7 upgrade platform I think it was),then ran the update,i got a message my system was being scanned for installed updates,this again took three and a half hours before I got the restart screen,i thought this scan would be a one off and then remember all the installed updates for future reference but when I downloaded another single update and ran it I got the same scanning for installed updates again,at that point I cancelled the install as it seemed it would be a long scan from the beginning again.
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24 Feb 2016   #8
BigBear68

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

wben353 do you think the download/install time would be the same for 10 or 100 updates if as you describe windows holds the updates in RAM while verifying and installing updates ?.
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24 Feb 2016   #9
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BigBear68 View Post
I have read it is recommended to install them in small batches but at three and a half hours per block of ten im not sure if selecting more would increase this time or not,just had 10 install now and have selected another 10,will monitor the time for this batch,the odd thing is 0kb total,0% complete never changes right up till I get the restart screen.
When the Windows Update window appears to not be doing anything, such as stuck at 0% download,
you can click on View Update History.
You might see some progress in that window for installed, pending, failed updates, that are currently installing.
You can then click the back button to get back to the main Windows Update window.
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24 Feb 2016   #10
BigBear68

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Thanks for the tip DavidE I will give that a go,i am reading on many different sites this is a common problem and not much notice should be given to it as things are indeed going on in the background.
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