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  1. #150


    Posts : 562
    W10 x64 pro and W8.1 x86


    I have reverted my 11 yr old Acer back to W8.1 (done around 1 month ago) because it was struggling with W10 through lack of driver support.

    Anyhow, I used my retail W8.1 disc and used the following method for updates.

    1/ Turn off updating before connecting to the internet for the first time.
    2/ Run a manual update check... zillions to install of course.

    What I do now is quickly scroll through them all and select them in three monthly blocks, all those for example within Jan to March 2015 for example. Install those, reboot, select next three months worth and so on. Doing that I actually ended up with zero failed updates... yea.

    And yes, 6 hours actually sounds pretty quick tbh. I think I staggered mine over a couple of days. Pure updating, nothing else touched or used, not even opening IE. When it was done, make an image.

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  2. #151


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1


    I agree Mooly, 6hrs is pretty good.

    I think I could have done this one faster, but had a few issues along the way. The 6hr one was with AMD A8-4550M and an SSD on a laptop. This install seems to be going well, will report back, fingers crossed, no help from ms that's for sure. I need to Image Windows 8 and just Deploy it that way in the future. For me, Windows 8 is better than 10, but I'm trying to serve clients also, and they want the newest stuff once their pc's get old.

    Looks like I'm all done, so the new Updates I downloaded may be new as seen at the ms site. Looks like it only took about 4hrs. I checked for Updates Twice now manually and nothing coming in anymore. 1,161.5 was the Initial Update total and they failed for some reason. I tried again and they all installed. Then another small round and all was good to go! I'm getting better at this every time. Most I see struggle to do it in a whole day or more. I suspect there will be a little more to come, and I am very surprised to say it was not such a pain this time. Last OEM I did took me like 8hrs.
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