Microsoft has announced a change in its servicing models for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1. Updates will be delivered as Rollup packages instead of individual patches.
The announcement has been made by Nathan Mercer in a blog post Further simplifying servicing models for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. After introducing a Convenience Rollup update for Windows 7 SP1 and shifting to monthly rollups of non-security updates for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1, the next step has been announced.
From October 2016 onwards, Microsoft will release a single Monthly Rollup for Windows that addresses both security issues and reliability issues in a single update. The Monthly Rollup will be published to Windows Update (WU), WSUS, SCCM, and the Microsoft Update Catalog. Each month’s rollup will supersede the previous month’s rollup. Devices that have this rollup installed from Windows Update or WSUS will utilize express packages, keeping the monthly download size small.
Also from October 2016 onwards, Windows will release a single Security-only update. This update collects all of the security patches for that month into a single update. Unlike the Monthly Rollup, the Security-only update will only include new security patches that are released for that month. Individual patches will no longer be available. The Security-only update will be available to download and deploy from WSUS, SCCM, and the Microsoft Update Catalog. Further details may be found in the blog post Further simplifying servicing models for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. (via)
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