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Is A Windows 10 Update Lasting 3+ Hours Strange, Unusual?

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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. 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.

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  2. 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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