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Widows 7 SP1 update taking forever

Roger Alcindor
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Last Modified: 2016-11-22
I have just taken delivery of a new Dell Precision workstation 7010 with a 1TT SSD system drive and 32 Gb of RAM and an Intel iCore 7 CPU.
I  have just powered it up and gone through the Dell initial setup with no problems. I was supplied with windows 7 professional SP1 pre-installed. I started the Windows check for updates from the control panel just over an hour ago and the "Checking for Updates" display is still indicating as such ?
The CPU usage is around 13 % and the network utilisation is sporadic with high peaks of 100 %. Is it normal to take this time ust to check for updates on a new machine with hardly any applications installed ? I have internet access as I can ping an external host (such as dhl.com) but I am a bit concerned as I haven't installed anti-virus yet and don't like not being protected although Windows firewall is enabled. I haven't run any browser yet so I think I'm ok.
How long should I wait before concluding that there is a problem ?
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