It’s Patch Tuesday, Are You Stuck?

Windows Update

Windows Update

It’s Patch Tuesday, which means my poor laptop is getting slammed with a major update for Windows Vista. It has been sitting and installing “component 15 of 16” for more than two hours. I’m tempted to halt it and let it start over. And of course, I had an update yesterday morning at 6 a.m. as well. And at least one over the weekend and one last week.

There are actually 34 patches being deployed to users of Windows XP, Vista, and 7 today. That is a record amount of patches for Microsoft to push, and some of the patches are considered “critical.” None of the patches being offered for Windows 7 are considered critical, which may mean that the Windows 7 operating system is coming out of the box in better shape than previous versions.

And I don’t mind getting patches if they are important. But it would be really great if these patches could be taken care of without having to tie up a machine for several hours. Especially since it’s my only working machine this morning while both of my desktops await warranty repairs from Dell.

Comments

  1. YukiEiri says

    While we’re at it, what happened to thee darn progress bars???? At least (if its truly going to take 2 or 3 hours to complete) let us know something IS ACTUALLY GOING ON!! Then maybe we wouldn’t have to worry about things like, “Wow, is my machine frozen? Should I restart? Should I let it go?” All hail to the progress bars!!!!

  2. ben2talk says

    Sorry – I wasn’t stuck. My OS downloads stuff whilst I carry on working and I very rarely need to reboot.

  3. says

    I have never had an update problem with Vista. For some reason my clean install of XP won’t do SP3 when it did it fine before the clean install.
    Mine just did the last one while I slept, woke up and needed to log in.
    Mark

  4. susabelle says

    I am using a Dell Inspiron 1525 when I have the trouble with updates. Very annoying, it does tie up my machine and slows everything down while it’s not doing anything. I do not turn off my machine at night because it is doing things, that’s why I set it to let me update when I agree to it, but of course, Microsoft keeps changing these settings for me, so I often wake up to find my machine has rebooted, the work the machine was doing overnight is completely fubared, and it costs me a lot of time to get things back to right. Microsoft needs to stop “thinking” for me. I can do that on my own, thanks!