This may be a positive. You will only need to download one update instead of waiting for automatic updates but I see a problem. What is Microsoft going to put in this "cumulative" updates that I don't need such as an update for the Russian Ruble or Lithuanian currency plus God knows what other junk. Is this going to be only Security Updates or does it also include important updates which I never bother with? Get ready for some huge downloads as they will be cumulative. Sucks for people with limited bandwidth.
Microsoft is switching Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 to a cumulative update model similar to the one used by Windows 10. The company is moving away from the individual hotfix approach it has used thus far for those operating systems.
One of the major differences between Windows 7 and 8.1 on the one hand and Windows 10 on the other is what happens when you run Windows Update. Microsoft's two older operating systems usually need to fetch a handful of individual patches each month. If a system hasn't been patched for a few months, this can require dozens of individual fixes to be retrieved. In the case of a clean installation, that number can reach the hundreds.
October 2016's Patch Tuesday will see the release of the first Monthly Rollup for Windows 7 and 8.1. This will be a single package delivering all of the security and reliability improvements released that month. Patch Tuesday will be delivered through Windows Update (WU), Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). Subsequent months will have new Monthly Rollups, and these will be cumulative, incorporating the content of all previous Monthly Rollups.
Also covered here.
Starting in October 2016, Windows 7 and 8.1 (Windows 8 being the defunct ginger stepchild) will receive cumulative updates once a month instead of individual ones.
You may recall that this was a trick already used by Microsoft to bury a version of its GWX nagware last year, secreted as it was inside an important security update.
The company explained in some blog post blah blah from Microsoft TechNet that this is an extension of the 'Convenience Rollup' (like calling the Job Centre a Happiness Park) that was first introduced for non-security updates earlier in the year.
The change is justified to avoid "lower update quality", increased "testing complexity", higher scan times, challenges finding the "right patches" (because you're only a sysadmin and what do you know?) and not being able to find patches in limited distribution.
Edited by hamluis, 17 August 2016 - 09:26 AM.
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