I started the process early on, just powered it up and let it seek out updates. By lunch, it was still downloading in the background and easily accommodated the writer's story & word processor download/install process. (I already have Scrivener; one license covers all of the owner's computers, hooray!).
About the time I was done with lunch, the Windows updates were downloaded and I told the machine to shut down. This received the usual, "Just as soon as install these updates, lady," response. Fine, fine, it had the whole rest of the day.
Quitting time came and went. We had a
Hey, it's a netbook (a model 1025 Eee) with supposedly near-infinite battery life, so I stuffed into its cute little carrier and carried it home.
Set back up at home, after a mere hour it proudly admitted, "Now Installing Update 2 of..." By bedtime, it had struggled all the way to four or five, so I went to bed and left it percolating.
Wonder of wonders, this morning it was All Done! --Kind of: powered it up and it went through fifteen minutes of reconfiguration, self-analysis and probably self-Rolfing and preemptive Righthink before it would let me log on, and followed up with another quarter-hour of Agonizing Reappraisal once I had. It appears to be back on the job of netbooking now, but to tell the truth, I'm reluctant to ask it to do much for the next day or two; it's just gone through the computer version of a couple of sessions of root-canal dentistry and I suspect it's a little tender and grouchy.
Moral: Power up the spare netbook more than twice a year.
* Scrivener is kind of a "plotting engine" or "outline-to-draft-MS" tool, about as handy to writing as really good spreadsheet/database software is to accounting. Between Scrivener ($40 at this writing) and Q10 (a shareware full-screen, barebones word processor with a small set of writing-specific features), you can set up even a small netbook with flexible, useful tools for writing and not have to struggle with the clumsiness and cost of general-purpose Word.