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Windows users face update bloat, and tough choices

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Honorary Alumnus

Windows users face update bloat, and tough choices

Windows 10's cumulative updates have ballooned in size, and a similar bloat will also affect the Windows 7 updates that Microsoft revamped this month.

According to data published last month by LANDesk and refreshed by Computerworld with October's numbers, Windows 10 cumulative updates for the three versions of the new OS have surged in size.

Updates for Windows 10 version 1507 -- the debut that launched in July 2015 -- have grown 153% (for the 32-bit edition) and 181% (64-bit), from 184MB and 368MB to 466MB and 1,034MB (or over a gigabyte), respectively, in just over a year.

Those for version 1511 -- Windows 10's first "feature update," issued in November 2015 -- exploded in comparison: The first 64-bit 1511 update was 49MB, but the cumulative update released earlier this month was a whopping 989MB, for a growth rate of 1,918% in under 12 months.


The newest Windows 10, version 1607 -- released in early August -- has also expanded, with the 64-bit edition climbing 591% from 113MB in August to 781MB this month.

"Cumulative updates start out big and become enormous over time," Stephen Brown, director of product management at LANDesk, a maker of enterprise endpoint management software, wrote in a post to a company blog on Sept. 21.

Updates increase in size because they are cumulative; October's 989MB update for 1511 included not only new fixes, but also those in every prior update. September's, in turn, included new fixes as well as those in August's and July's and June's and....

And so on and so on.


The article can be read in full here:

http://www.computerworld.com/article/3133024/windows-pcs/windows-users-face-update-bloat-and-tough-c...

Hughes users on legacy daily plans and lower level plans are really going to get squeezed.






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Re: Windows users face update bloat, and tough choices

Good to keep in mind when people report unidentified data usage... it will most likely be a result of Win 10 updates.

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Re: Windows users face update bloat, and tough choices

I had no idea Microsoft's  Win 10 updates had become That bloated.  Near Gig "cumulative packages.....which included any previous builds?  Argh!

I am a 10 year WildBlue customer with a "grandfathered" 10 gig value package (rolling FAP).  Living in a very rural area, WildBlue was my only option to connect to the Internet, outside of Dialup, at the time.   HughesNet was not offered yet in my area and Wi Fi still years down the road.  I learned quickly using a Satellite system and  to live with any limitations. At least it was faster than my Dialup.

 After my eight year old Dell Inspiron 530 (WinXP) died late last year, I bought a new Dell XPS 8900 that came with Win 10 Home.  Figured I had better get my toes wet learning how to use the new OS.  The version was the 1507 build and  was fine with it.   Unlike the WinXP, I can't choose which updates I wanted or needed.  But at least I could choose when to download on a metered connection.   However, For some reason, the later cumulative updates either "hung" or failed to completely download, so until the 1607 bulled its way installation, I was still running 1507.

After the AU update, the "metered connection" button is no longer there (although you "could" set times when to let them download updates) but my internet connection hasn't been same since. I spent the last three weeks reading through tech forums for any possible fixes, patches and help to relieve some problems this update caused.  I thought it was some "bug/glitch" in the Update causing this.  A couple of "tweeks" did help  while waiting for my FAP to roll down.  I have used Windows since Win 3.1 and, like children,  each new OS came with with their own "teething" pains users patiently learn to work around, through and out of.   

 But the Sept 25th AU takes the cake.  That was when my Sat FAP was pushed to 109% with that Anniversary/1607v update and throttled me down to a near crawl.   I knew these packages would be far larger than any update my old WinXP had to go through but near Gig amounts...each? Argh!

 I don't go to Youtube nor stream any thing.  Any games I have, are played offline.  My FAP is finally down to 60% and a few more websites will open faster now, especially they are mostly text.   Some of my customers use Facebook and It still loads extremely sloowwwwwwwww (I could go have coffee and still come back to a blank screen while it's trying to load).  "Sigh". 

Solution would be to go to Microsoft's website where you can download specific updates for your "build" individually with a flashdrive. Then install them into your computer.  Just hope the next Windows Updates recognizes  You have them already installed.

In closing, "Thank You" for explaining how bloated the updates have become......now I don't need to pull my hair out anymore.  "Grins"
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Re: Windows users face update bloat, and tough choices

With (pushing) 20 devices on my network, it is not difficult to tell when I did a "night shift" to update something or other....... but Win10 is definitely the big winner...... a gigabyte here... a gigabyte there..... poof!!
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Re: Windows users face update bloat, and tough choices

Yeup...  They have grown exponentially in size, and it's becoming increasingly annoying.

Heres just ONE cumulative update for Win10, note all the different files associated with that ONE cumulative update, and their sizes.
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Re: Windows users face update bloat, and tough choices

This is bad, but what makes it really bad is that users have no control of the time of day that these updates occur. Ive been lucky so far, and they generally have been pushed during the 2 am  - 8 am "blue data" period.
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Re: Windows users face update bloat, and tough choices

 "but what makes it really bad is that users have no control of the time of day that these updates occur."

Besides doing a registry hack about the only thing to do is to get a wireless adapter for all wired computers and connect wirelessly. That way you can set the Win10 WiFi setting to "metered" and not receive any updates while so connected.

Reconnecting by Ethernet will cause updates to be downloaded. It is recommended that the "metered" setting be checked after every Windows update cycle because some updates will cause settings to revert to the default values.


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Re: Windows users face update bloat, and tough choices

Hey outhere....

You can control them..... Win10 doesn't make it easy..... but easy to do..... On all my WIN10 machines I have the Windows Update service disabled.  When I decide to do a night shift and update them, I enable the service, let them run, and then disable again.  All other devices, Win7/8, Android, PLCs, etc are more easily controlled...they all have "notify" capability, and then I do the updates when when I get the urge...
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Re: Windows users face update bloat, and tough choices

Wow.  I know this article is a little old, but I just updated my laptop today with the Oct 27th update.  When I updated my desktop with this it was slightly over 380MBs.  With my laptop it was 641MBs.  Sheesh.  They both have Windows 10 Pro.   

Actually, it was worse.  It was 690MBs, not 641MBs.  I had the slider in the wrong place in Glasswire. 


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Re: Windows users face update bloat, and tough choices

My last 1607 update took about half a gig and about four hours, using bonus time. Methinks I shall go to Ye Olde Library for the next one. :-)