Windows 7 - Speed Up Windows Updates June 3rd, 2016, Revised June 16th, Revised September 19th, October 15th and the most recent revision December 12th 2016 By: J W Stuart
How to speed up the installation of Windows 7 Updates. Windows Update has become slow and slower over the years. Here is an easy fix to significantly speed up the scanning for updates.
December 12th, 2016 There is an updated version which is much easier to implement, click here.
Obsoleted, see December 12th revision. September 19th, 2016 A whole new set of updates are now required as the previous set of update no longer function. This is an ongoing problem with Microsoft but possibly not for much longer. To see the current set of updates you need to manually install before you run Windows Update click here ----->
Obsolete To reduce memory and CPU usage while searching for updates and speed up the scan / checking for Windows Updates process, the following Windows Update files will be manually downloaded and then installed using the instructions listed below.
KB3102810 KB3112343 KB3145739 KB3153199 – Replaced by KB3161664 on June 14th (Patch Tuesday)
Note: After the file has been downloaded, double clicking on the appropriate KB / .msu file per the instructions listed below to start the installation of the update.
Note: Use Method 2 and be sure to download the correct file (x86 for 32bit versions of Windows 7 and x64 for 64Bit versions). A “Restart” is required to complete the installation of this update.
2) The following update is (most likely) not required if the Windows Update Client of December 2015 or later is already installed, if you just finished performing a “Clean Install” of Windows 7 SP1 then install this update as it help to reduce the Windows Update Agent's CPU load. KB3102810: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3102810
Notes: Use Method 2 and be sure to download the correct file (x86 for 32bit versions of Windows 7 and x64 for 64Bit versions).
(Revised June 13th, 2016) Time required to install both updates = 4 minutes. Note: Your times may vary based on your Internet speed, computer performance and if you have the most recent Windows Updates installed.
Note: One spare computer I have was 3 months behind in installing Windows Update and as a result it took more than 30 minutes just to complete the “Searching for updates on this computer” process and then install KB3112343. KB3102810 and the two updates listed in Step 3 installed almost instantly. This issue may be fixed by the June 14th release of KB3161664 mentioned in step #3. (Revised June 16th, 2016 - KB3161664 supersedes or replaces KB3153199) 3) While KB3153199 KB3161664 only updates the win32k.sys file (and does not supersede KB 3145739 but DOES supersede KB 3139852 and KB3153199), I will manually download & install the KB3161664 security fix on my Win7 machines to resolve the very long WU scan problem.