1903 update takes a very long time to install


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I manage around 40 Dell PCs of different ages and have updated them with each Win 10 upgrade from the start. This 1903 is the slowest yet and hangs around the 85%+ stage for ages and can take 15-30 minutes to reach 100% from the 85% point and then the long blue screen final stage. So if you are doing this upgrade be prepared for it to take an hour or two. I've been doing them overnight to avoid impacting the users.
 
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I've seen that happen but so far it has completed except on a 17" Gateway Notebook, Version 1903 never finishes and no errors. It has Version 1803 working okay so now I'm trying Version 1809 to see if I then can get 1903.
 
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My wife's HP sat at 1803 for a year, it was blocked due to Intel drivers. Suddenly 3 weeks ago it was offered 1809, so I upgraded it. A week later it was offered 1903, so I upgraded it, all working great.
 
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Free drive space can impact install times because the system may go into a low disk space mode and need to remove or move files to create space during certain stages of the install. A percentage of 83% may be around where a system is migrating files. If it isn't moving something, it may be downloading something.

If you wanted to check what was taking the time, you could check the setupact.log and look at the percentages and time taken during those phases. I always like to watch the Task Manager performance page to see what is being used as far as drive/network/processor utilization.

As far as my four Dell systems, once I got past the USB drive problem, they seemed to install in about an average time.
 

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