More updates to Windows coming
May 19, 2016 Leave a comment
Non-security updates for Windows 7 SP1 and 8.1 (as well as Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2) will be available as a monthly rollup. This means that all the non-security updates will be released as a single update to install.
Microsoft claims this will improve the reliability and quality of our updates. Unsure how this will be true because if one fix “breaks” a system, Microsoft will either have to re-issue the update or provide a separate update to fix the issue.
Also note that when Windows 8 was first released, they were releasing monthly updates to non-security updates. But that seemed to stop in December 2014 for the last monthly rollup for Windows 8.1.
These fixes will be available through Windows Update, WSUS, and SCCM as well as the Microsoft Update catalog.
In addition, within the next few months Windows updates will no longer be available from the Microsoft Download Center. All security bulletins will continue to link directly to the updates, but will point to the packages on the Microsoft Update Catalog instead of the Microsoft Download Center.
Finally, Microsoft Update Catalog website still requires using Internet Explorer at this point because of an ActiveX control used. Later this summer, the site will be updated to eliminate the ActiveX control in order to support other browsers.