Windows updates install slow

Hi Guys,

We deploy our updates via SCCM, the issue here is that a lot of our users are complaining that their updates take about 2 hours to install, they just get the normal blue screen stating "installing updates please wait".

now i read somewhere that this is a general issue with Windows 7 especially and the update process is different to what it used to be in XP.

My question is this, is there any fix to this or update for this currently that i could apply as the finger is being pointed to our SCCM environment as the cause

Thanks in advance

Leon TaljaardSystem Center Specialist - ArchitectureAsked:
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To get a clearer picture, you should take a test client with win7 sp1 without any updates. Then update it using SCCM versus using WSUS or online windows update and compare the results and give feedback.

Please note: an unpatched win7 sp1 needs about 200 updates to be installed and yes, this will take hours, unless you have a very fast SSD hard drive.
Leon TaljaardSystem Center Specialist - ArchitectureAuthor Commented:

Thank you for the reply, the issue here isnt with new Windows 7 machines, the problem is that these machines have been on the network for a very long time and this happens on a monthly basis.

Also surely it shouldnt have anything to do with either windows update, WSUS or SCCM as these updates are already downloaded so its the client doing the install.

Here is a link that also explains a little more.

Updates slow
Windows updates have been slow for ages. If someone assumes "hey, the process does only exchange a few files, a few MB and maybe sets some registry keys", then he's mistaken. They do so much HDD gargling not for this but to prepare the possible rollback.

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Leon TaljaardSystem Center Specialist - ArchitectureAuthor Commented:

Yes this is what i knew i perhaps thought that there might be some fix for this :)

Thank you for the quick feedback
No, unfortunately there is no fix.
Microsoft fails to see the point. They don't ask themselves "what might a user think of us if installing 15 updates takes longer than installing the whole OS (which takes less than 10 minutes on a fast system)".  They designed it that way.
Mark BillExchange, AD, SQL, VMware, HPE, 3PAR, FUD, Anti MS Tekhnet, Pro EE, #1Commented:
well we should only be using SCCM to install critical updates in the event of emergency, not sure why you would use SCCM to install windows updates tbh.
Leon TaljaardSystem Center Specialist - ArchitectureAuthor Commented:
Hi Mark, not sure what your comment is about ? when i talk about Windows updates these are the critical and security updates and not too sure about your comment "in the event of an emergency" we deploy updates released by MS Monthly, not only in an emergency....
Mark BillExchange, AD, SQL, VMware, HPE, 3PAR, FUD, Anti MS Tekhnet, Pro EE, #1Commented:
I just stated that in my experience anyway SCCM is more for installing custom apps, big apps and operating system upgrades we would have used this in conjunction with WSUS server.

We did(me) install some updates but only in the event of an emergency we had a bad virus IIRC.

I thought the question was unsolved, apologies

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