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August 17, 2016

Microsoft Taking Cumulative Approach to Patches

Beginning in October Windows 7 and 8.1 Patches Will Be in One Package

Patches from Microsoft are about to become a bit more encompassing.

Microsoft-logoFor years the company has allowed users to practise a ‘pick-a-patch’ method where they could choose the patches wanted or needed. That’s about to end this fall as patches for older systems Windows 7 and 8.1 will be in cumulative packages meaning users will have to take what’s offered rather than choosing their own.

In a blog post, Microsoft’s Windows market manager Nathan Mercer explained the old practise could lead to several issues including increased scan times, increased testing complexity and sync and dependency errors due to improper combinations.

“By moving to a rollup model, we bring a more consistent and simplified servicing experience to Windows 7 SP1 and 8.1, so that all supported versions of Windows follow a similar update servicing model. The new rollup model gives you fewer updates to manage, greater predictability, and higher quality updates. The outcome increases Windows operating system reliability, by eliminating update fragmentation and providing more proactive patches for known issues,” wrote Mercer.

Beginning in October rollouts will take place monthly with users able to update as needed and those updates superseding the previous month’s patches.

“We encourage you to move to the Monthly Rollup model to improve reliability and quality of updating all versions of Windows,” stated Mercer.


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.