Windows 10: 6 hour Feature update :-/

  1.    03 Feb 2018 #1

    6 hour Feature update :-/


    I booted my Win10 machine up and it ended up d/ling something it just called "feature upgrade to version 1709", no other details. took yonks to d/l, hours to install, then about another hour to prepare then when i booted up again my lock screen is now showing a different picture, those effing tiles were back on my start menu etc etc. >:-(
    still no idea what the "upgrade" was, it won't tell me.
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       03 Feb 2018 #2

    wolfie138 said: View Post
    I booted my Win10 machine up and it ended up d/ling something it just called "feature upgrade to version 1709" ... still no idea what the "upgrade" was, it won't tell me.
    You have just been updated to The Fall Creators Update, windows 10 version 1709, as it told you it was gong to do. Run Winver to confirm, the latest version is 1709, os build 16299.214.
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  3.    03 Feb 2018 #3

    if it told me, i missed it. AVS told me there were updates available, i did a check and it was already downloading, just listed it as above.
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       03 Feb 2018 #4

    wolfie138 said: View Post
    if it told me, i missed it...
    No, you didn't miss it, in fact you quoted it above - what else did you think a 'Features Update to Windows 10, version 1709' could be?

    What version did you have before? 1703? 1607? See what's new here...

    What’s new in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
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  5.    03 Feb 2018 #5

    The update should not have taken 6 hours.
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    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
       07 Feb 2018 #6

    unless OP is using a slow internet connection.

    downloading feature updates to Win10 (not cumulative updates) require a fast internet connection - at least 10Mbps (time to start switching to faster internet providers if not using at least this kind of speed).
    it's barely impractical to download Win10 feature updates with a slow 3Mbps DSL connection, which will definitely take hours when using that kind of a slow connection.
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    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       07 Feb 2018 #7

    Josey Wales said: View Post
    The update should not have taken 6 hours.
    erpster4 said: View Post
    unless OP is using a slow internet connection....

    No, it's not that. In 1703 Microsoft introduced a new Unified Update Platform (UUP). This reduces the downloads by using, as far as possible, the existing system files. The first Features Update to 'benefit' from the UUP is the Fall Creators Update.

    A differential download package contains only the changes that have been made since the last time you updated your device, rather than a full build. As we rollout UUP, this will eventually be impactful for PCs where users can expect their download size to decrease by approximately 35% when going from one major update of Windows to another. We’re working on this now with the goal of supporting this for feature updates after the Windows 10 Creators Update...
    https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexp...YsUmAI03lDt.97
    Additionally, I’m happy to announce that we’ve reduced the download size for feature updates. For customers updating from the Windows 10 Creators Update via Windows Update or Windows Update for Business to the Fall Creators Update, it will be approximately 25% smaller thanks to differential downloads!
    Windows 10 Fall Creators Update phased rollout approach

    While this certainly reduced the download size for those updating via windows update, it seems to have had the unfortunate side effect on a (very) few systems that the CPU time required to process these differential updates is far longer than any time saved in downloading. For those affected in this way updating can take 6, 12 or even 24 hours to finish successfully. Some reports here...
    Mr Morgan said: View Post
    The preparing to install took between 5 - 6 hours but it is now time to reboot.
    Mr Morgan said: View Post
    Well the while upgrade took about eight hours. I hope it was worth it and I must thank the respondents to this thread for their comments.
    How long for feature update to Windows 10 version 1709 install
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  •    08 Feb 2018 #8

    as i think i said, the downlod didn't take 6 hours, the full download and install etc did.
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  • Posts : 6,424
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       08 Feb 2018 #9

    wolfie138 said: View Post
    as i think i said, the downlod didn't take 6 hours, the full download and install etc did.
    Depending on your download speed, the actual download shouldn't have taken more than 1-2 hours. It would have been about 3GB, so you can work that out for yourself.

    You seem to have been one of the unlucky ones where your PC's particular hardware/software has led to an excessively long time processing and installing the update once downloaded. You are not alone....
    I have an AMD FX8370 BE and the setup ran 5 1/2 hours. After reboot, the installation took 2 1/2 hours.
    How long for feature update to Windows 10 version 1709 install

    The good news is that however long it took, almost invariably the update was successful and error-free. Let's hope MS have learned lessons from this and improved the process before the next Feature Update.

    In my case, I used the Media Creation Tool to download the install media and used that to manually update my machine. Not counting the download time, it took about 1-2 hours to install the update. Only Windows Update and the Update Assistant use the new 'differential download' feature, using the install media as I did downloads the full install media and bypasses the 'differential' processing that windows update would have employed.
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