Windows 10: 12 hour update Solved

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  1. Posts : 18
    Windows 10 64bit
       24 Mar 2018 #1

    12 hour update

    I hibernated in the evening. When I tried to wake up the computer in the morning, it began an update. I recall seeing no messages, but the disk light came on continuously. I waited until bored then switched to an alternative computer. An hour later it still was not done, but the pattern had changed. The disk light flashed on for a very short time, perhaps a half second. Then off for maybe 5 seconds repeatedly. The numlock key lights as normal, showing the process is still running. But it's been 25 hours now. Of course there are no messages about what Win10 is doing.

    What could possibly be happening that would run this long?

    BTW, if Microsoft is tallying customer satisfaction, count me one of the decades-long Microsoft customers who is absolutely livid with anger at the update process. Customers have deadlines and appointments for which they need their computers to work without delay. And no, making it finish in half the time will not solve the problem. The fundamental problem is the discourtesy of taking over the computer without informed permission.
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  2. Posts : 18
    Windows 10 64bit
    Thread Starter
       24 Mar 2018 #2

    still updating, now over 30 hrs

    Disk access light pattern has changed a couple of times, so it's showing signs of making progress. I guess. Now, is it trying to bring down a terabyte or two over my Internet link? What in the world is going on?
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  3. Posts : 8,233
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       24 Mar 2018 #3

    Would you happen to know what version you were using before this started? 1607, 1703 or 1709?

    I ask as if this is a feature update, 1703 => 1709, there have been some record breaking times for a feature update. I can't tell you why. ( Seeing your last post this could be what is happening. Waiting it out may be the answer. )

    If this is just a run of the mill monthly update then you could wait but I think you've gotten to point where a hard power down is the only way out. This can have very bad outcomes but if it is stuck, it is stuck. Plenty of times the system will boot normally but you should be aware it can have a negative outcome.

    If you are not imaging your system I would like recommend you have a look at this process. It can really save you. No argument that this shouldn't be happen but it does. This is a very good free tool.

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect
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  4. Posts : 8,233
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       24 Mar 2018 #4

    Yours would be a records. This one was 24 1/2 hours.

    How long for feature update to Windows 10 version 1709 install

    Only posted to show you a real example.
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  5. Posts : 18
    Windows 10 64bit
    Thread Starter
       25 Mar 2018 #5

    Still running

    Still running. Back to quick flash on hard drive, then maybe 5 sec pause before the next. Still responsive to numlock. But now it's been running 50 hours. I have no idea what version of Win 10 was last running. I also hesitate to interrupt, since I would expect it to start this all over next update. When, tomorrow? And it's too late now to set up or use any recovery option, no?

    I think my only options are let it run or kill and reinstall Win 10. That would give me a nice long break from doing anything productive. What could be more welcome than reinstalling my apps, deal with activation or buy new copies on each, and work out settings and ad-ins. Or I could stop working and grow turnips. Maybe the Microsoft solution is just kill myself?
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  6. Posts : 8,233
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       25 Mar 2018 #6

    Hear you.

    At this point myself I would hard power down, wait 30 secs and power on. You may be pleasantly surprised or .......

    Please post back outcome.
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  7. Posts : 18
    Windows 10 64bit
    Thread Starter
       27 Mar 2018 #7

    Long update terminated

    Well, I finally gave up. I did see a different pattern. The blip flash disk access, followed by a few second pause continues for several hours. But twice I saw that stop and continuous run of disk access. But then it started the flash/pause pattern. Trapped in a loop repeating one update? Doing several updates in a row? Who knows. Certainly Win10 didn't put out any message. So after, ahem, 101 hours--really--I powered down. She's now restarting with a very long period of hard drive activity. This is longer than usual, even for a restart. But maybe Win10 is restoring an old status or something.

    It is curious that Microsoft decided not to tell users anything about process or status, and force updates and upgrades. This bodes ill for the company, I fear. Hubris has consequences.

    Elements of software style was published in 1974. Pity MS didn't ask their employees and managers to read it.

    Thanks for the input. Best wishes.
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  8. Posts : 8,233
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       28 Mar 2018 #8

    Did your device come back?
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  9. Posts : 18
    Windows 10 64bit
    Thread Starter
       28 Mar 2018 #9

    Did it recover?

    Well, I had to power down about 3 times, but eventually it did book OK. The only problem I see so far is it has forgotten bookmark tabs in Chrome, and recently opened files at least some places.

    FWIW, SysInfo reports it's now running (in Win 10 Home) build 16299.

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  10. Posts : 8,233
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       28 Mar 2018 #10


    16299.334 is the most recent.

    Windows Key + R, type winver, enter.

    Gives you all the details.
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