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Windows Updates shouldn't fail constantly or take hours to complete

I have a number of 2016 servers. It seems like 99% of them fail when doing automatic updates. I am able to install them manually by going through sconfig and selecting option 6 but it takes FOREVER. During installation, the CPU or Memory isn't maxed out at 100% so I have no idea what is causing it to take forever. All other previous versions of Windows run and install updates just fine in the same VMware environment.

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      • Jesper commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Same here. In my case i downloaded KB4103723 manually and started the installation yesterday around 09:00. Today almost 24 hours later, it is still showing around 20% completion!?!
        This is a server 2016 running Hyper-V with 2 guests

      • binary commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Same problem here. Every patch Tuesday ends with disaster and late working hours. About 30% of our servers are 2016 and lots of them have problems with updates installation. We actually stopped migration to Server 2016 because of this problem and replaced some of our systems with Linux based solutions.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I have the same issue with a VM in Azure. I've tried various sizes for the VM, up to 7 GB of RAM and 4 CPU and it doesn't make any difference. The updates run for a long time and then fail. Sconfig option 6 works consistently. What's wrong with the regular update process? This should work!

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