Microsoft Update Slow in Response

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by broccolibeef, Apr 27, 2006.

  1. broccolibeef

    broccolibeef Guest

    In the recent 2 to 3 months, I've run into serious problems with Microsoft
    Update responding timely whenever I manually chose to let it run--I have
    WinXP Home, SP2. I know Microsoft Update is updating in the background
    whenever I am online--I've set Windows Automatic Updates to automatically
    download the updates without installing them. But I want to know WHY
    Microsoft Update is SO slow when I manually chose to let it run? The Windows
    Update progress bar just slides to and fro--for a LONG, LONG time(sometimes
    about 20 minutes or so), without any response!

    Spyware on my machine? Possible! But I've run Windows Defender with the
    latest definitions on my machine; no spyware has turned up!

    Anyone else has experienced the same problem, or has any idea on why this is

    Many thanks in advance.
    broccolibeef, Apr 27, 2006
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  2. It is not uncommon for "the process" on the website for MS Win Update or MS Update to be very s-l-o-w. Even when connected via cable modem. You ( and I also) notice that the green progress bar takes forever. I have not actually timed mine. But it is a significant number of minutes. Not exactly sure why, but one thing is "the process" has to check what updates you already have & then figure out what new updates your system needs. On top of that, their is "network contention" or traffic delays, if you will, on the internet.
    For example, on cable connection all my neighbors are also hitting my ISP to get their movies, while I'm running updates.
    You get the picture. That scenario is not applicable if one has DSL connection --- but then you have to account for heavy traffic at MS website.

    On spyware/malware: use a multi-program defense in depth approach to keep malware out.
    Keep your antivirus up-to-date, use a firewall, use anti-spyware utilities.

    You are highly urged to follow the steps at
    "The Parasite Fight Quick Fix Protocol"
    Maurice N ~ MVP, Apr 27, 2006
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  3. broccolibeef

    broccolibeef Guest

    Hey, thanks for the info! Will think about the tips you have given here. I
    have to say that the slow response in Windows Update has really ticked me
    off! I also have Lavasoft Adware on my machine in addition to Windows
    Defender, btw. What puzzled me, however, is that before the recent two or
    three months, I did NOT experience the slow response of Windows Update when I
    chose to manually run the Microsoft Update!!! What gives??? Of course, I
    have taken into account all the traffic problem that you have mentioned in
    your reply!

    My case is a special case--I should point out. Police or the power
    structure in this country has me completely bugged--from my computers to my
    cars to my person, everywhere. I have started to wonder if they are
    interefering with--preventing--my Windows Update so as to exploit the
    vulnerabilities of my Windows operating system to do something to my machine!

    This is NOT a paranoid statement, btw. I am the only Chinese Aqaeda in this

    Thanks for the reply!
    broccolibeef, Apr 27, 2006
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