Microsoft just released the Windows 10 April Update on May 1, so it is time to update the Win10 Virtual Machine I run under Parallels on my Mac. I backed up the VM disk image and proceeded with the install. Today is Day 2 of the update running continuously and I am still only at 10% complete. It looks like this is only the first reboot so I have no idea how much time it will take in total. You can see a little blue semicircle under one of the icons at top, that indicates virtual disk activity. This VM is only supposed to use 2 of my 4 cores, but it still bogs down my entire Mac. Actions that are supposed to take one click can take 30 seconds of watching the spinning beach ball. I haven’t even launched this VM for 6 months, and Windows still manages to make me miserable.
Microsoft claimed they created a new method to install the system update quickly, then the computer would reboot and you could continue working while it downloaded the other 80% of the update. But this update has locked up my machine longer than any other [update: it finished after 6 more hours, about 36 hours total]. Even looking at the update screen, with the wrong aspect ratio and squished fonts makes me miserable. This whole update is a day late and a dollar short.