On Thursday or Friday of last week a client brought her Satellite L755 to my office because she couldn’t get a newly purchased, well-known accounting application to install because she kept getting errors that the application was corrupt. She left it over the weekend and after I booted it up, I realized they were running Windows 7 Home Premium instead of Windows 7 Professional and when you’re using a machine for business purposes, you really should use the “Pro” edition of the OS for networking, security, and other business concerns.
I proceeded to back-up all the data and applications on the machine, wipe the hard drive, and upgrade the machine to a clean install of Windows 7 Professional Edition (her business IT person had previously expressed his disfavor for upgrading to Windows 10). After the new OS was installed on the machine (which is of course “service pack 1” and requires over 200 updates immediately after installation) Windows 7 wouldn’t load updates when I attempted running Windows Update. The rest of the weekend I kept trying to force updates to Windows 7 only to find myself more and more frustrated when hours would pass with the “Searching for updates…” displayed though no updates were ever found.
Finally earlier today, I decided enough was enough and began the process of manually upgrading the machine to Windows 10 Pro. Windows 10 downloaded without issue and began the slow process of installing on the machine (which has 4 Gigs of RAM and is probably going to end up with 12 or 16 Gigs of RAM before I’m done because it’s amazing but 4 Gigs of RAM is almost like trying to run Windows XP on 512 Megs of RAM… It’s possible but extremely frustrating to use because it moves so SLOW). After about an hour of installing Windows 10, I happened to notice download speeds decreased slightly which prompted me to check what else was running and BEHOLD! Windows 7 finally began loading its updates automatically.
I immediately stopped the Windows 10 install and continued to allow Windows 7 to run its “automatic updates”. Now 2 hours later I’ve transferred the data I backed-up from the machine back over to the machine with its upgraded version of Windows 7 and as it reboots after the data transfer, it’s currently installing 112 of 227 updates. The job isn’t completed but it’s inching toward the finish line now that we’ve discovered that apparently Microsoft has set updates to Windows 7 to load in a manner where the OS has to “automatically request the updates” instead of a user forcing the Operating System to download updates. Windows 7 users better start being more open-minded about making the jump to Windows 10 because it looks like Windows 10 is where Microsoft is fully focused.