The joy of Windows or is it Dell?

Last night my new Win 8.1 Dell PC decided it needed to install updates. I chose to  switch off until restarting this morning. It said “Loading Windows updates. Do not switch off your computer”. Being a good boy, I obeyed and waited as it got to 81% complete …… and waited, and waited, had breakfast, went for a walk, had more breakfast and still it said 81%, please wait. In all it had now been 1 hr 40 minutes!

At this point I was about to ring up that nice Dell man in India when I decided to turn off the PC and try again. THIS time it sailed through 81% and reached 100% complete in no time. PC works fine! What the heck was going on?

Roger Lapthorn, G3XBM, is a regular contributor to and writes from Cambridge, England.

4 Responses to “The joy of Windows or is it Dell?”

  • pa3dfn philip:

    Welcome in the world of windows..

  • Harry K7ZOV:

    That is why it is called WINDOZ. It just dozed off and took a nap. I had the same problem with WIN 7. Not sure why, but it does seem not be be a serious issue when up dating. Just never turn off the computer until it is done or you will have to do a hard power down and back up. At least it does recover….so far. It is not a bug, it is a feature.. :-))

  • Kyle N4NSS:

    Roger, That happens a lot. Don’t be afraid to shut down when it stalls like that it comes back up and continues from the last point. Sometimes it is because of the Internet being slow.

  • Charlie G4EST:

    I was told by a ‘customer support’ guy that sometimes when many updates are being performed they assume that a previous update has been done, however if this was done in the same batch and needed a restart then it would not be recognised and the update fail. The machine should not hang, but does sometimes. I ended up updating in batches of 10 or so and all then went OK.

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