Computer illiterate individual needs help"

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Doober, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    This morning I turned on my computer to find that my wireless connection wasn't so I began a reboot and that there were updates to be installed. After I asked the computer to be restarted, I got the message about not shutting down while the 7 updates were being installed. OK, that's reasonable.

    However, my computer was "installing update 2 of 7" for two hours. Is that reasonable?

    I finally said "s...w this" and turned the computer off for a while before turning it on again.

    TIA for your insight.
  2. barbell

    barbell Coach Coach

    I've never seen an update take that long, but I have had a quantity 14 or so update take about 45 minutes.

    How old is your computer? My old laptop that was running XP would take ridiculously long to update. Meanwhile my new laptop running Windows 7 takes about 20-ish minutes.

    FWIW, all of the computers in my office (we have 4 running XP Pro - I know, I know, don't judge!) had that same 7 item update yesterday and took about 30-40 minutes to update. These computers are all about 5 years old...
  3. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Tanks, Barbell. I'm running Windows 7 on an older computer........don't ask me anything more than that 'cause I won't know what you're talking about.

    I am now trying to install what I presume are the same updates from the control panel.
  4. CelticWhisper

    CelticWhisper Founding Member

    Some updates (particularly Service Packs) can take a very long time to install, but lingering on a single one for that long is a bit unusual. Generally the .NET Framework ones take the longest due to having to compile live on your system each time they install (god damn you, mscorsvw.exe)

    The good news is that even if an update gets b0rked due to abrupt power loss, later versions of Windows (XPSP2 and on) are pretty resilient and can usually bounce back.

    If you want to be super paranoid and make sure everything installs smoothly, you can look up the KB number of each update, search it at and download the individual update packages to install manually. Then you can monitor the progress of them one-by-one. This, however, is a COLOSSAL pain in the (expletive deleted) and I don't normally advocate doing it if you're not in IT and putting together a slipstreamed & updated install source.
  5. Doober

    Doober Original Member

    Huh? :D

    Thanks, CW - I managed to get 3 or 4 of the 7 installed from the control panel, one was a service pack. Where the others went to, I have no idea.

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