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Windows 7: Any way to speed up the download and installation of monthly patches?

04 Aug 2018   #1
debodun

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Any way to speed up the download and installation of monthly patches?

With the next patch update looming in 10 days, I wanted to know if it took anyone else's system 40 minutes to an hour just to download and install 2 to 4 patches? Even creating the restore point takes a while.

My system has Windows 7 -64 bit with SP-1 as the OS, 1.86 GHz CPU, and 3 GB RAM.

I'm not very tech savvy and not comfortable doing many software manipulations. I was hoping for an easy fix. I just don't want anyone to waste their time posting a lot of complicated procedures I won't understand or know how to do. If there isn't, I can live with it. Thanks.


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04 Aug 2018   #2
Bongo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
 
 

Not much you can do with your system specs other then a faster ISP may help. Or a SSD drive may help.



Jerry
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04 Aug 2018   #3
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The main problem is that the Windows Update client is fundamentally broken. It takes FAR more time than what's really necesary to do all its stuff.

The simplest alternative I can think of is to use the website to download the patches manually and then apply them yourself. You'll need to know the KB numbers to search for them (SevenForums publishes those for example). That'll just use the minimum time I can think, at the price of missing some updates.

The other option is to just assume defeat and let it take whatever it likes, just do it at night or when you aren't using the computer. Clicking "search for updates" just before going to bed and let it take hours it a good option.

Or just live without the updates. There isn't anything specially useful in them (and quite a few are actually harmful). Unless you know you require something in particular, skipping them isn't a bad choice.
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07 Aug 2018   #4
Snick

Win 10 x64, Linux Lite, Win 7 x64, BlackArch, Kali, VMWare Workstation Player, OpenVPN
 
 

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14 Aug 2018   #5
debodun

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Wasn't too bad today. Only about an hour of agonizing over what and if will happen during and after downloads. For the last several months the 2 entries for the .NET Optimization show up in the Task Manager for a few days after the patch updates..
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06 Oct 2018   #6
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3
 
 

Hi debodun,

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85 View Post
The simplest alternative I can think of is to use the website to download the patches manually and then apply them yourself. You'll need to know the KB numbers to search for them (SevenForums publishes those for example). That'll just use the minimum time I can think.
That is what I do.

I download the .msu file[s] and install them manually.
It does appear to be quicker on installation, well it does in my case!

I hope this helps!
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