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Windows 8 updates in new laptops taking hours. Why?

  1. #1


    Madrid, Spain
    Posts : 226
    Windows 8.1 x64

    Windows 8 updates in new laptops taking hours. Why?


    My laptop died and I purchased a new one, with such bad luck that I had to return it two times for being deffective. So this is the 3rd one in a row in which I am suffering the same "torture".

    After three days or so, when starting Windows (after shut down, not suspend), it will take hours with "configurating windows updates". It usually stays stuck forever in 15% done, then it goes to 16% after half an hour, then to 17% after whatever time and then one day it just reboots and when you think it's over, it starts again with more configurating. A real nightmare.

    I noticed in the Microsoft forums that this is happening to everyone, specially after a few days of use of the new laptop.

    It is annoying and actually it can even be a serious problem for people who are in a professional or personal hurry or emergency to use their computers. Microsoft should warn about this, let people decide if they accept having their systems blocked for unknown time for unknown reasons.

    What do you think the reason can be? It takes so long that looks like a whole Windows reinstall. Actually, it takes far much longer than installing Windows 8.

    I think that Microsoft should apologize and give explanations.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 93
    W8 Pro 9200


    It is quite normal for the updates to take a long time, do not be alarmed if when rebooting the updates are "still" taking place for the only way some of those can be installed is after rebooting your system, sometimes more than once.
    Just let the selected updates take place normally and meanwhile find something else to do.
    I work with computers and every time I have to install a new OS what takes longest is the whole UPDATE process, last build I did took me close to 10 hours of updates (on a 6 MB WiFi connection) I guess on a new machine with higher hardware specs and a faster connection that whole time could be reduced by half ?..

    BTW You can customize how updates take place on your machine from within control panels, Windows Updates.
    I prefer being notified of the available KBs and letting me choose which ones I wanna install, automatic updates is a big no no .
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  3. #3


    Madrid, Spain
    Posts : 226
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Thanks.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 93
    W8 Pro 9200


    De nada
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  5. #5


    Madrid, Spain
    Posts : 226
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Nunca había visto unas actualizaciones tan largas. Desesperante.

    Viva Di Stefano.
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