Microsoft is changing how it updates older Windows and Server versions

  • Chris Hecht
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    Microsoft has changed how it will be updating Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. It was announced in mid-August (see blog article). A further clarification was issued on 7 October (blog article). This new method is effective this October so October’s ‘Patch Tuesday’ will be the first for this new method.

    Bottom line is that patches are being rolled up into a single update. If you are using WSUS, you have the option of only deploying security patches. All others will get combined security and non-security patches. You no longer have the ability to select which patches to install.

    These updates are cumulative going forward, meaning that each month’s update will contain all the patches from previous updates making updating more efficient. Microsoft intends to add previous patches into the updates so that, eventually, you will only need to install the most recent update to get the computer up-to-date.

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