Disk Cleanup for Windows updates takes 3 hours

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Phoenix, Apr 13, 2015.

  1. Phoenix

    Phoenix MDL Expert

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    How come on Windows 7 it finishes in a couple of minutes despite the updates being so many and on Windows 8.1 it takes 3 hours??

    This is on the current system:

    ALIENWARE 18 Laptop
    CPU: Intel Core i7-4940MX Processor Extreme Edition @ 4 GHz.
    Graphics: Dual GeForce GTX 780M SLI 2x4 GB GDDR5 RAM + Intel HD Graphics 4600
    Sound: Realtek ALC668 HD Audio with Klipsch Speakers
    Memory: 32 GB Kingston HyperX 1866 MHz DDR3 PC3-14900 RAM
    Storage: 2x Samsung 850 PRO 1 TB SSDs + 840 EVO 1 TB mSATA SSD (RDx3 RAID 0)
    Screen: Samsung LTM184HL01 18.4" WLED FHD (1920 X 1080) TrueLife PLS Display 16:9 1080p [SDC4C48]
    LAN: Killer e2200 Gigabit Ethernet
    Wireless: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 Plus Bluetooth
    OS: Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)

    It just keeps cleaning and cleaning forever :( this is the most part that takes time of me formatting my system if I wanted to reinstall
     
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  2. LiteOS

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    #2 LiteOS, Apr 13, 2015
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    clean up in win7 is not the same

    but its really weird with ssd to take 3 hours :S
    i would reinstall win8.1 with update 3 and done with it faster
     
  3. Phoenix

    Phoenix MDL Expert

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    when I had it on a single SSD it was like this (850 PRO 1TB), even on the current setup which is RAID 0 x 3 SSDs 2x850 PROs + 1mSATA 840 EVO 1TB it's no different. something isn't right about the way Windows 8.1 is doing it. it's really bothering me man I hope there's a solution for this
     
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  4. LiteOS

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    looks like corrupt OS i would reinstall the lastest version of windows
    u can try search for viruses and run sfc /scannow
    or just event logger for same error

    but if its easy for u to reinstall do that much less headache
     
  5. Phoenix

    Phoenix MDL Expert

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    no, happens each time I format it's not just this time

    BTW, are you saying this isn't the case on your system? I used the DELL Windows 8.1 Disc
     
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  6. LiteOS

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    #6 LiteOS, Apr 13, 2015
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    i had bad experience with HP windows 8.1
    same of the updates wont installed

    OEM companies change things in OS

    install the untouched version and then grab the drivers from website


    no its doesn't happened
    i got Sandisk extreme II
     
  7. abbodi1406

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    In Windows 7 it just uninstall completely superseded updates

    but in Windows 8.1, it also delta-compress all individual superseded components (files)
    it takes long only at first time, later operations will be faster
     
  8. f33nix

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    This last part mystefies me that you would format your sytem time and time again?
    Why not just make 1 good install and then run the looooong cleanup and then image it?

    I do this and when I restore it then you do not have to repeat the process no? :eek:
     
  9. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    I always do this, it just seems there's a lot of people don't know about disk imaging.
    But surely now he knows...
     
  10. Espionage724

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    Can confirm the same (Disk Cleanup taking an excessive period of time to complete) on Windows 8.1 while on the Windows Update step. Seen it happen on x86 and x64, and on 5+ different machines (so it doesn't seem like some rare occurrence either).

    Is there an actual explanation as to why this happens?
     
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  12. Phoenix

    Phoenix MDL Expert

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    Off-course I know sometimes I have to format though because I think that RAID 0 is useless on my SSDs so I go single drive and have to format........now I want to switch back to single drive as recommended to me at the OC forums so hence I asked why it takes ages to cleanup
     
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  13. Phoenix

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    #13 Phoenix, Apr 14, 2015
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  14. gap-computer

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    i'm using a third party utility Rollback RX, if something goes wrong for x motive i don't have to format, reinstall or whatever i just rollback the system, you can also update the baseline anytime you want, rolling back a system with this software took about 20 seconds, take a look in horizondatasys there is a free version (i also have a ssd and is installed there)