New Windows Update Model for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1


Coming this October Microsoft will change the model in which windows updates are provided to PC users. This is, in my opinion, an attempt to push people to Windows 10. Updates for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 will now be cumulative updates. An info world blog states that Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, and 2012R2 will also be switched to the same update model. This means you will have no choice in which updates you want to apply to your PC. Each month you will essentially have one update package to apply with multiple patches. If you miss the updates from say October and wait till September to update, the previous month????????s updates will be rolled into the next months.

This new model will make managing updates for home users much easier as you will simply have to click update and not worry about what individual patches are applied. As for IT departments who like to choose what patches are applied, it makes it harder to recover from bad patches and they will be forced to have whatever else Microsoft wants to put on your computer. You will likely be left with little to no choice when it comes to updating. According to the Technet Microsoft Blog, Microsoft will offer a security only update. This will not be offered through the Windows update but instead through the Windows Update Catalog online. You will have to navigate to the website to download and apply the update.


Below are the main reasons Microsoft decided to change the update model.

  • Various combinations caused sync and dependency errors and lower update quality
  • Testing complexity increased for enterprises
  • Scan times increased
  • Finding and applying the right patches became challenging
  • Customers encountered issues where a patch was already released, but because it was in limited distribution it was hard to find and apply proactively


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