Windows 10 Download - Very Slow!

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  1. tjg79's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Download - Very Slow!


    I've used the Microsoft Media Creation Tool x64 to effect a Win 10 download. The download is painfully slow. What's up with that?
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  2. Brink's Avatar
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    Hello tjg79, :)

    The download rate will largely depend on your available download bandwidth from your ISP.

    You might test your download rate at the site below to see if it's what you're paying for.

    https://www.speedtest.net/
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  3. tjg79's Avatar
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    Hello Brink!

    My download rate is 3.0 Mb/s and I've checked it while downloading, which usually yields a slower measured speed, and it was above 2.5 Mb/s. Still, the Win 10 download takes a very long time using the Media Creation Tool.
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  4. Brink's Avatar
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    The average ISO download will be around 3 to 3.5 GB, so at a 3 Mbit/s download rate, it could take a while. I calculate around 2 hours and 47 minutes.
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  5. tjg79's Avatar
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    Thanks Brink.

    Based on your calculations, it would take about 167 minutes to download 100%, assuming constant rate of download. Or, about 1 min. 40 sec. to download 1%.

    I just measured the time for 1% change in download progress, 68% to 69%, and it took 2 min. 28 sec. or about 247 minutes for a 100% download.

    247 minutes is over four hours, which seems to be about the time it's taking to download this file.

    Regards
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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  7. tjg79's Avatar
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    There was no thumbs up on this download. As it turned out, I downloaded the 32-bit and 64-bit combined Win 10 setup iso. The file was about 5.78 GB in size and my recordable DVDs are only 4.7 GB.

    Now I get to start the download all over again.

    It should go faster this time, because I'm going to download the 64-bit version and not the combined version.

    Regards
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  8. bobkn's Avatar
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    tjg79 said:
    There was no thumbs up on this download. As it turned out, I downloaded the 32-bit and 64-bit combined Win 10 setup iso. The file was about 5.78 GB in size and my recordable DVDs are only 4.7 GB.

    Now I get to start the download all over again.

    It should go faster this time, because I'm going to download the 64-bit version and not the combined version.

    Regards
    You don't have any dual layer writeable DVDs (8.5GB)?

    I prefer not to use them, as their burn rates tend to be lower than the single layer disks. They're also more expensive. I keep a few around for contingencies like this.
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  9. Brink's Avatar
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    tjg79 said:
    There was no thumbs up on this download. As it turned out, I downloaded the 32-bit and 64-bit combined Win 10 setup iso. The file was about 5.78 GB in size and my recordable DVDs are only 4.7 GB.

    Now I get to start the download all over again.

    It should go faster this time, because I'm going to download the 64-bit version and not the combined version.

    Regards
    Oh my. That explains why it was taking so long.
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  10. tjg79's Avatar
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    bobkn said:
    You don't have any dual layer writeable DVDs (8.5GB)?

    I prefer not to use them, as their burn rates tend to be lower than the single layer disks. They're also more expensive. I keep a few around for contingencies like this.
    I don't have any dual layers on hand. I wish I did have a few. If I can pick up a quantity of 10 or less, I'll do so now for situations just like this. However, the last time I bought recordable DVDs, I bought a quantity of 100 of the single layer 16x Speed and I've used less than 5. So, I've likely got a lifetime supply of 4.7 GB recordable DVDs on hand now. Also, these are the rare LightScribe versions, because I've got a LightScribe capable burner.
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