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Fix Windows Update Speed From Fresh Windows 7 Install

Installing a fresh install of Windows 7 is great except when its time to update. The process can take hours and hours. Found this on the Internet that will speed up the update procedure.

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A trick we have learned:
  1. Download the appropriate (x64 or x86) versions of these three updates: KB3020369KB3172605, and KB3125574.
    1. Microsoft Update Catalog links: KB3125574, KB3172605, KB3020369
  2. Open an elevated PowerShell prompt and run the following commands, which will allow the next updates to install quickly:
    1. stop-service wuauserv
    2. remove-item c:\windows\softwaredistribution\WuRedir
  3. Double-click and run the KB3020369 update (previously downloaded). Should take less than 2 minutes to run, and will not require a reboot.
  4. Now double-click the KB3172605 update you previously downloaded. Follow the prompts. Reboot when it says to. (This step should take about 1 minute).
  5. Double-click and run the KB3125574 update (previously downloaded). Should take about 12 minutes to run. It will require a reboot that takes 5 minutes to complete.
  6. Begin WU (Windows Update) after completing the above steps. A list of 60+ available updates should be returned within 5 minutes.
  7. Finish updating normally … rebooting when it says to. You will probably need to reboot and re-check for updates at least two more times.

In my own tests, using this method, I was able to take a Win7 SP1 Ultimate (64bit) system from fresh installed to fully updated in about 1.5 hours. The WuRedir directory (which I remove in step 2) will be rebuilt by Windows along the way, and the WU service will be restarted on its own.

 

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2 comments to Fix Windows Update Speed From Fresh Windows 7 Install

  • Amanda

    Great info.. Thank you for sharing. I am definitely going to try this step on my desktop computer.

  • Maqsood

    I tried a fresh installation of windows-7 in my lap. it took around 2 hours.Thanks for sharing your valuable knowledge

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