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Old January 30, 2012, 10:10 AM
Signal2Noise Signal2Noise is offline
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My System Specs

Default Windows Updates = An Excercise in Frustration

Built a new system for a relative over the weekend:

Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz
Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3 mobo
8GB Patriot G2 Series DDR3 memory
Radeon HD3870 (they aren't really into gaming)
500GB WD Caviar Blue HDD
Antec 500W Earthwatts psu
Antec Sonata III case
Windows 7 64bit Home Premium w/SP1 OEM

Everything is new except for vid card which was an old one of mine I threw in for free to save them a bit of chump change. Computer shop mounted the CPU & RAM and ensured mobo had the latest BIOS. They offered to do it so no problem there. I installed the rest. Machine booted, installed Windows, and then installed mobo drivers. Everything went fine until it was time to get Windows Updates loaded. The initial total number of updates were approx. 90 + 8 optional. Started the download/install process and by the time all was said and done there were numerous BSODs, update failure messages, and configuration error/reverting changes messages. Overall, I would say only half the updates were successful. I tried clean installs three times, with and without the video card installed (thinking it might be a problem) with the same results, although not the same updates fail each time. After a full 24 hour period of futile troubleshooting the computer still runs, loads into Windows fine, and as long as a new update (there are still 8 important still pending) is not installed no crashes occur. I suggested to the relative to use the PC at their home over the next few days as they normally would (email, web, documents) and see if any crashes occur. If so, then bring the computer to the shop and perhaps they'll have a "God disc" to get all the updates correctly installed. Otherwise perhaps the updates will "fix themselves" over time. I've never seen these many failures before. I just finished a clean install on work colleagues laptop last weekend which went fine. I also bought myself a new laptop last week and did a fresh Windows install and zero update problems as well. I've built a lot of desktop systems as well and have never seen this.

Googling and researching error messages about these update failures seems to be related to either drivers or hardware so it could be anything. I personally have never used Gigabyte or Patriot products before so am not sure if it's unreliable hardware. Ironically I spoke to another work colleague today and he said he spent the weekend upgrading his older XP machine to Win7 and experienced similar problems when it came to obtaining the updates and hotfixes.

Thoughts or similar experiences with any of you HWC'ers?

TIA for reading and possibly responding.
System Spec Peripherals: NZXT Kraken X42 CPU cooler | Zalman MFC3 fan controller | Steelseries Apex M800 kb | Steelseries Sensei mouse | Logitech Z-2300 2.1 speakersDrobo FS 6.5TB Synology DS1515+ 15TB
Laptops: Asus G74SX-DH71 | Asus G752VY
Surface Pro 4 Core i7/256GB

Last edited by Signal2Noise; January 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM. Reason: typo
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