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Windows' 10 update woes

This isn't the first time I've written about this, but each time it happens I feel moved to say something. I migrated to an Apple Mac in 2008 after years of Windows' frustration and can honestly say it's the best decision I ever made. I did, however, maintain a copy of Windows just in case I needed it for something that the Mac couldn't do, or I needed to access an archived Windows' file. Initially I installed Vista on a virtual machine using VMFusion, but in 2009 I moved the installation to a Bootcamp partition on a newly acquired MacBook Pro. There it has remained, Windows 7 replacing Vista, and more recently with the Windows' 10 free upgrade.

I very rarely use the MacBook these days but occasionally update the applications, as I did the other day. First the Mac running El Capitan (it's too old for Sierra) which involved booting up, updating one non App Store program, installing some additional Stacks in RapidWeaver, and then going to the App Store where there was one Apple update, involving a restart, and two apps. The whole thing took about 30 minutes, most of that time being during the restart process. Then I booted into Windows 10 and the fun started. It always takes me a while to remember exactly how to find Windows Update, but having finally got there it started to search for updates. It searched, and searched, and searched, the 'downloading updates' figure staying resolutely at 0%. After a considerable time I decided to reboot, having first searched the internet to see if this was known problem. As usual, there were lots of forum suggestions, ranging from registry tweaks to reinstalling Windows. After the reboot I suspected that I might not in fact have achieved anything, but then the download percentage started to move.

The last time I updated, the download percentage progressed from 0% to 100% as the complete list of updates were downloaded, but this time it seemed that the download percentage incremented from 0% to 100 % for each individual update, starting again for the next one. So my initial relief that the download was complete was soon shattered. What seemed an eternity passed before all the updates were downloaded, whence the very lengthy installation commenced. I couldn't tell you accurately how long all this took. It seemed like hours. I suppose it's my fault for only updating infrequently, but the comparison between updating OS X and Windows was indeed stark. Once my laptop is retired Windows will be retired with it. The Mac does everything I need and I can do without the hassle.

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