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Why is windows update taking so long?

  1. #1

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    Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing 64-bit 9600 Multiprocessor Free

    Why is windows update taking so long?

    It's been stuck on "downloading 68 updates(0 KB total, 0% complete)" for like 15-20 minutes now. How do I find out if it's frozen or if it's actually downloading?

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  2. #2

    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit

    Click cancel and close the Windows Update screen then the Control Panel. Reopen Windows Update screen, they may already be downloaded but the screen did not change. If not checked for updates again.

    You could also use the Windows Update Troubleshooter:
    Troubleshoot problems with installing updates - Windows Help

    If you do get them downloaded, do not try to install them all at once. Select 5 or 10 at a time to install. That many updates all at one time would drive the computer crazy and take a long time to revert changes.
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  3. #3

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    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64

    Depending on the Internet speed & how fast your PC is. Look in: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download. This is where Windows Updates is downloading files. If there's activity then you just have to wait for it to complete.
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  4. #4

    Posts : 123
    Windows 8.1

    It may appear to be stuck but rarely is, the indicators shown that you have quoted are not particularly accurate or indicative of what's going on. So Just open the Task Manager and look at Disc activity, and other sections, it's a lot more revealing.

    For that amount of updates 20 min is nothing, expect something like an hour or more.

    I group a smaller number together maybe 5-10 or so, and get the important ones done first, then the optional ones at leisure.

    The SP style update ones (for Windows 8.1) that are 100s of MB in size are always separated out as they take a long time, maybe 30 min or so.
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  5. #5

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    Microsoft Windows 8.1 with Bing 64-bit 9600 Multiprocessor Free

    It changed but now it's said installing update 6 of 68 for the past hour and a half
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Why is windows update taking so long?
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