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Will an SSD significantly increase Windows Updates installs?

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August 18, 2012 10:05:37 PM

These are the main parts of my pc:

HDD: Seagate 750gb 7200rpm
CPU:AMD Phenom 9750 2.4ghz AM2+ quad core
RAM: 8gb
OS: Windows 7 64bit Home Premium

After a clean install of Windows 7 the first "round" of Updates contain at least 60 Updates. This takes about an hour and a half to completely install. One Update that is not included in the first "round" of Updates but I have remembered because it takes so long is NET Framework 4.0; NET Framework 4.0 just by itself takes at least 20 minutes to install. This drives me up the wall so much that I'm considering buying an SSD. I always install all Windows 7 updates before I install anything else including Java & Adobe Flash; and I don't web browse while it's downloading or installing the Win7 Updates. I don't have a bunch of apps auto-starting and my boot time is usually just under 2 minutes. Is it the HDD or the CPU and RAM that are at fault for these slow Update install times? Maybe it's all three?

Will an SSD significantly increase Windows Updates installs? A significant improvement to me would be that each round of Updates would take at most 15 minutes to completely install.

How long would you estimate it takes your first round of Updates to install (including all that restarting Stage1...Stage 2...Stage 3 stuff)?

Thanks for reading. :hello: 


August 18, 2012 10:24:18 PM

Assuming you're discounting the download portion of the updates then yes, it makes a huge difference.
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August 18, 2012 10:33:51 PM

also note that an SSD significantly speeds up restart time. Think ~15 seconds from restart button press to ready to go again.
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August 18, 2012 10:38:23 PM

Yes the updates install quite fast.
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August 19, 2012 5:49:46 PM

Thanks for the replies, from your personal experiences how long would you estimate it takes to install Updates?
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August 19, 2012 6:01:59 PM

Download of course is the same but the installs of updates took about one third the time.
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August 19, 2012 6:09:43 PM

Depending on your internet speed the longest part is the download time. SSD won't help that. However you can pre-download the updates with a tool called wsusoffline and put them on a USB drive or a secondary hard drive. Don't plug these in while doing the initial install. It's a great program for people who re-install windows a lot. It will reduce the updating by many times. An SSD is great, too, of course and, as said before will speed things up significantly. Good luck.
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August 20, 2012 2:02:25 PM

Best answer selected by XnicrabX.
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August 20, 2012 2:17:52 PM

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