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Windows 8.1 Update Hangs at 62%

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October 19, 2013 6:58:40 PM

After going through hell to manually update my computer and many failed download attempts I finally have gotten my Windows 8.1 download to actually work.

However my download has appeared to stop at 62% with the words "applying changes" beneath it (of course opposed "to downloading..."). It is still hanging at 62%. I've spent about two days downloading and troubleshooting with my computer to get this update and now I'm feeling especially impatient and I don't want another failed download.

So, all in all. Is it normal for my download (or changes) to hang at this point? Will there be a big jump? If not, is there some kind of software/hardware specific issue often diagnosed with this "applying changes hang"?

Thanks for your time.

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a b * Windows 8
October 19, 2013 7:11:44 PM

Saw other people having a similar issue, took them a few hours for it to work, kind of weird though.

I think it took me about 5 minutes to download, and 10 to install the update only.

Just let it run for a few hours and see how it goes.
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a b * Windows 8
October 19, 2013 8:00:31 PM

run task manager and check the disk activity level for all of your drives. if one drive is at 100% but not actually doing something then the system my be waiting for a confirm to a lazy write to a drive but the drive dropped the write. the system will not shut down until the write is confirmed and it will never be confirmed by the drive. Best to reboot
and check your files for data corruption. Maybe move the drive to another sata port. Do not assume that your drive is bad.
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October 19, 2013 8:07:02 PM

I'm not sure how to individually check my separate drives but in task manager it says I'm only using between 5% - 10% of my total disk usage. Would you say that's normal? Or is something wrong?
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a b * Windows 8
October 19, 2013 8:51:17 PM

Boo Yes said:
I'm not sure how to individually check my separate drives but in task manager it says I'm only using between 5% - 10% of my total disk usage. Would you say that's normal? Or is something wrong?

you want to look for a full disk queue (not a full disk), writes that have not completed to the disk. Often the disk activity will indicate a 100% active but will never drop below 100% because the data is stuck in a queue to be written to the disk. This is not related to the % of the disk drive space you are using. Sorry, I am not on my computer but I think you can start task manager, go to the second tab, look at the bottom and click on resource monitor, then select the tabs for your various disk drives to see the activity on each drive. When you get the failure I was thinking of you will have 100% activity indicated but no actual files being written.


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