I too have had my share of issues with W8 and 8.1 updates. Even through 3 reinstalls and one refresh. This last round has been the most pleasant, but I do have to surmise, MS "broke" something on Windows updates with W8 series. The internet has too many threads devoted to it vs W7 updates for it not to be a problem. While I know it doesn't happen to everyone, it's still very common. That said, I've stuck with it, and pushed through, never once rage-quitting and swearing to reinstall W7, so I think I am giving a very honest assessment of W8 and updates. Besides, there are too many improvements in W8.1 vs 7 to not like it overall!