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I recently installed Microsoft's Security Essentials on a family members PC, having previously downloaded the installer over broadband, as their PC is limited to 46K dial-up.

Once installed, we set MSE away updating and after 4 hours (and 62MB!) it said it was still only half complete!

Is it possible to download the latest updates for MSE separately, and then update it manually?

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Yes

On the MSE update troubleshooting page, step 6 provides the following two links:

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.. size of the 32-bit update? ~63MB - if I'd only left it running another 5 minutes.. d'oh! –  Andrew Jun 5 '12 at 11:03
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