Quick notes on the recent Windows update

[Windows update]

Recently my computer decided that it needed to perform a big Windows update. I can usually tell when that’s about to happen because performance is terrible for no obvious reason.

BTW, if you wonder whether an update is impacting performance, open the Start menu and click the Settings tool. Enter “updates” in the search box. Click on the “Check for updates” entry and then click the “Check for updates” button. If an update is pending, that should show its status. For example, it might say that your system is up to date, an update is downloading, an update is pending, or an update is ready to install.

Anyway, the update went pretty smoothly, but it took a really long time–more than four hours. During much of that time, the system was usable but so slow that it wasn’t worth the frustration. Also note that the progress seemed to get stuck a few times. It was still making progress and I could hear the disk working hard, but it showed 85% complete for a long time.

I recommend that you check for updates. If you see that they are available, start the update after you have finished work for the day and let it run overnight. Make sure it’s running correctly and then go watch reruns or something.

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Rod Stephens is a software consultant and author who has written more than 30 books and 250 magazine articles covering C#, Visual Basic, Visual Basic for Applications, Delphi, and Java.
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2 Responses to Quick notes on the recent Windows update

  1. Erik Turner says:

    One thing to note is that you can also “Pause Updates” for a month (which I do on a regular basis). This allows me to schedule searches for machine updates when it’s convenient for me (not at the whim of MS).

    • RodStephens says:

      A good tip!

      Since then, I have had a few crashes and a few hangs. Pausing updates for a month lets you read about other peoples’ experiences so you know if it will make life difficult. It also gives Microsoft a chance to revise the update if something drastic goes wrong.

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