Is a Windows 10 update lasting 3+ hours strange, unusual?

September 24, 2016 at 12:22:10
Specs: Windows 10 , 8
Is a Windows 10 update that lasts more than 3 hours strange unusual something to worry about? I have never experienced an automatic update that last for hours. Usually they last a couple of minutes. Once in awhile a big major update might last several minutes. But in this case it's crazy.... it's going on and on for hours and the only message I'm getting is "Your computer will restart numerous times....don't turn off your computer." I finally ran out of patience comma and forced the shutdown of the computer comma when I turned it back on the message I got was: Trying to retrieve your installation". What the hell is going on here? By far the longest latest "update" I've ever experienced.

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#1
September 24, 2016 at 15:00:59
"unusual?"
No, it's a major update, mine took 5hrs yesterday.

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#2
September 24, 2016 at 16:45:35
I've had varying times between 3 and 5 hours. One of my machines proved impossible to update and reverted to the original Windows 10 after 5 hours. That one is now on the back burner awaiting the further updates and whatever cunning ideas I can dream up to try in the meantime.

I do think it is a pity they couldn't have split the update down into several updates and also not dished it out on the second Tuesday of the month when a stack of other updates always arrive.

Windows 10 Home user need the ability to download this sort of stuff in our own sweet time, rather than having it forced on us over a limited time period, but MS are having nothing of this. It means that my computer that won't update is now about useless because if I switch it on it will start another 5 hours of nonsense then fail again. My only option is to disable Windows Updates altogether, which I have done.

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#3
September 24, 2016 at 18:21:01
Like you Derek I got fed up waiting for the update process wasting valuable time with updating and "do not switch off your computer" so I disabled the process and now my PC behaves itself like any normal PC should.

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#4
September 25, 2016 at 06:32:17
Windows update appearing to do nothing is an annoying problem. It appears to be doing nothing although it is trickling away in the background. I don't like leaving PC's running while they're idle but for this purpose I have on many occasions left them running overnight to get the job done.

Edit: Windows 7 and earlier. You would think there would be some kind of immediate visible progress indicator by now.

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#5
September 25, 2016 at 15:12:30
" You would think there would be some kind of immediate visible progress indicator by now"
When the comp feels bit sluggish, go your update link & manually click on the Update link & you will see what is downloading.

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#6
September 25, 2016 at 20:19:23
At work we have 10 out of the 12 newer machines were upgraded last year from 8.1 to 10 (two still are on 8.1). This latest update came to most of them within a day or two of each other (three at one time) and did take a while but I do not think the longest was not more than an hour and a half or so. I think it might be a combination of internet speed/bandwidth and how many programs and 'stuff' is installed on the computer. The update is clearly a major one and must download a large file which intern downloads more components as needed during the install. Then the more complex the registry is, also effects how time consuming it becomes to perform the update and allow all installed programs to continue working.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#7
September 26, 2016 at 03:25:38
I think Fingers (#6) has hit the nail on the head. My download speed is only about 9M and the computer is stuffed up with programs and data.

Having said that, even the fastest one, with an SSD, took about 3 hours and that is nowhere near so full as my day to day computer.

The one that took 5 hours doing the update, and then failed, is a sluggish old MSI U160 netbook. I had to get up to all sort of trickery with partitions to force Win 10 onto it in the first place - took several tries.

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#8
December 27, 2016 at 04:39:02
My update has been running for 11+ hours at this point. Not sure if it is still updating or if it is just broke.

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#9
December 27, 2016 at 10:57:08
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11+ hours is crazy under any circumstance. Power it off and try again. If necessary discharge the motherboard components like this:
Turn off computer, remove power cord, remove main battery too if it's a laptop. Before putting it back together hold the Power Off/On button for at least 20 seconds.

Note this post is over 3 months old.

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