Windows 10 version 1809 Slow Update Solved

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Speed up your Windows 10 updates

We recently had a PC that needed a good clean install of Windows 10. This was a fairly fast PC with an i5 CPU, plenty of RAM, and a fast SSD. However, on the download and install of Feature Update 1809, the updater sat at 26% for over an hour. The next 30 minutes saw it climb to an astonishing 27%! Time for some big hammer action!

We rebooted the PC and followed this procedure. This method, and the PC was ready to go in under an hour. Pretty good for Windows 10 (we are getting accustomed to waiting a long time for Windows 10 updates.)

Right click on Windows Start > Windows Command Prompt (or PowerShell) (Admin)

Next, type following (or copy and paste following) one by one and Enter

net stop wuauserv
net stop cryptSvc
net stop bits
net stop msiserver
Ren C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution SoftwareDistribution.old
Ren C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 Catroot2.old
net start wuauserv
net start cryptSvc
net start bits
net start msiserver

Type following in Windows Start Search box and hit Enter

%systemroot%\Logs\CBS > Rename CBS.Log CBSlog.old

If it doesn’t allow you to rename – Type services in Windows Start Search box > Click Services > Scroll down to find the Windows Modules Installer service and double-click on it > Set its startup type to Manual > Reboot your computer

Go to C:\Windows\Logs\CBS > Rename CBS.Log > Reboot your computer > Then go back into the Services App and set Windows Modules Installer Service back to Automatic Startup (Note CBS log files contain information about windows update, SFC etc)

Now, go to Microsoft’s website and get the installer

Click the Update Now button. In a matter of minutes, the latest version will be downloaded and installed automatically. And you will have your PC back so much faster!

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