So I dusted off my Dell XPS 9350 laptop yesterday to check out the improvements of the Windows 10 Creators Update. As I have not touched the thing in many months, there were many, many updates previously that had to be applied. That alone took about 2 hours, including updating the BIOS and other Dell related software. Why after all these years is Windows so slow at downloading and applying updates? There was one point it was taking so long (30 minutes+) to apply the updates prior to reboot I had to manually power off the laptop and switch it back on again.
Then there was the hassle of getting the Creators Update. It didn’t show up in the Windows Updates list, so I have to hunt around for the Windows Update Assistant which did the job for me. The time spent dealing with this and the other stuff took another 2 hours.
Now, ordinarily, a user wouldn’t leave updates for several months – not after the mess of security flaws we’ve seen hit the news headlines. But even so, to have to go through all the steps I had to go through to get things up to date – it should NOT take four hours to do it. And my XPS is no slouch – 16Gb RAM with 1Tb SSD with SkyLake i7 processor is not to be sniffed at.
If there is anything I would beg of Microsoft – please improve the update process. Make it easier for customers to upgrade to the latest releases in a single process rather than lots of little ones. And the fewer reboots as a result of that would be just grand.