It appears as if Miktex 2.9 has twice the speed as Miktex 2.8, esp. in loading
Is it the same on your pc?
Yes, there's definitely a difference between 2.8 and 2.9 when it comes yo
updating and loading packages. But then, 2.9 out-of-the box seems broken, at
least on W7x64pro (http://groups.google.com/group/comp.text.tex/browse_thread
/thread/73c07ee7b8ab39a6), so I'd rather have it slow and
working, than fast and not working...