How long does the Windows 10 update take?

It is one of the most frequent questions asked by many Windows 10 users across the globe. If you are using Windows 10, you might have experienced the long wait for updates that can take forever. Sometimes, you even leave it to sleep or take a nap, so that you might lose track of how much time you’ve wasted waiting for the updates.

With the HDD storage, it could take around 10 to 30 minutes. For big file updates, it could even take hours to a day or more. Some users even thought that their system crashed.

With the SSD storage, it should take between 10 to 20 minutes to update Windows 10.

But the time can be relative from one device to another. Not to mention that the update file sizes can also be the culprit of the time spent updating. The installation process can take much longer on an HDD drive. The size of the update can affect the time it takes. Some updates are small. Some users update the files in chunks so that they can install the updates for a shorter time.

Why does it take so long time to finish?

Now for the reasons why. There will be plenty of reasons we can think of.

When looking at the support forums or other community places, low internet connection is often the culprit of the updates downloading. Not to mention that users might use YouTube or other sites that require high bandwidth to operate.

But when we talk about regular updates, the culprit can be other things as well.

According to software experts, here are the possible reasons why updates can take a long time:

1. Low internet speed;

2. The old version of the hard disk drive;

3. Too many fragments in the HDD (need to defrag HDD first);

4. Microsoft servers are down;

5. Windows update components might be tampered with;

Is there any software that crashes with Windows Update?

As you experience the long waiting time of the updates, it can be for many reasons, as mentioned above. Some improvements to your Windows system sometimes require large files, so that it will take more time to finish. Sometimes, the causes can be internal, like in your device. But sometimes, it can be external, like the Windows servers are down or affected by the huge numbers of updates and downloads.

What is the importance of updates?

Why don’t you turn off Windows Update? What is so important about the Windows 10 updates?

Windows 10 officials always encourage users to turn on their automatic regular updates for good reasons. Just like when you are updating any software, it is for the improvement in the performance and stability of your Windows 10 system.

There are also some bugs and errors to be fixed with the latest updates to the system.

The Windows 10 update is usually much better than the previous versions. Sometimes, the update could happen once a month, twice, or more. You can turn off the updates, but the notifications will always be there to remind you to update. You can stop the notifications. But it is for another discussion post.

How to start windows 10 update?

1. Go to Start Menu:

2. Go to Settings:

3. Go to Update & Security:

4. Click Windows Update:

5. Click Check for updates:

By Maria Tsekova

Maria Tsekova has worked in several IT companies for the last 8 years. Her experience contributes to her knowledge of different fields. She is most interested in new technology trends following the last brands on the market, listening to webinars, and be in touch with people from the corporate environment.