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New laptop takes hours to update

At first I thought that the new laptop was defect. Directly after switching it in for the first time, it reported that it had found 318 updates. I clicked Install and then nothing. For hours. I rebooted although it did say I shouldn't. It didn't boot but started installing one update of one. This again took several hours. Then I had to go to school to enjoy a musical: very well acted indeed. We returned and it looked like the laptop had fall asleep: the power button was flashing. I pressed it and the one of one installation went on. At around 22:00 (I started at 16:00) the laptop booted. After that only five optional fixes. Might as well install them. Waiting, booting. Another 30 minutes or so. Finally the laptop was up to date. Does anyone recognise this?

This is real countryside (only 60 km or about 40 mi. from Munich).

An update: The Pavilion is now running fast. Little boy is enjoying building new Minecraft worlds ;).

Yes, it's the downloading time that I'm worried about: Airport Express with 5 GHz here:

Laptop only reaches 17 Mbps (doesn't have 5 GHz).

I think that it's the MS Update Server that is slow, or that many users in Tilburg are trying to connect this server. Normally not a problem, except when you start updating a laptop that has been lying on the shelf for a couple of months.

OK, I'm back. In my shoffice way out in the countryside (on a terrible internet connection), installing the 28 updates (totalling 240MB) took exactly 9:25 minutes, from starting the updates, through a restart, and back to my desktop. This is on Win7 64-bit on a very fast laptop. The thing is though, most of the time was actually spent waiting for the updates to download. At home on my fibre connection, that part would have taken no more than 1/2 a minute or so.

By the way, most of the updates were Office 2010 security patches. I recently downgraded from the latest versions of Office back down to Office 2010 because (1) 2010 works better with Dragon, and (2) for some reason it starts much faster than the new versions (while offering me all the functionality that I need).

Yeah, but with a decent internet connection and computer, 32 updates should only take a few minutes. I often have lots of small updates here on Win7, but it never takes more than a few minutes. Maybe something is not right with the laptop.

Speak of the devil, there are a few now:

Will time it (although I am currently in the countryside, and on a TERRIBLE internet connection).

System was up to date yesterday at 23:00. Now uploading 32 new updates.

Windows 8.1. Holiday season here, perhaps that's extra stress for the MS update server?

Wow, that's pretty terrible. Which OS?

Brand-new HP Pavillion i5, with SSHD. Good internet connection So I'm totally puzzled

Yes, but only with a very old, very slow laptop, many years ago, with a terrible internet connection. What laptop is this, what OS, and what was your internet connection like?
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