Microsoft bundles updates for a better error-free process

by Claudiu Andone
Claudiu Andone
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  • Microsoft delivered the first bundle with CU and SSU updates together for easy installation.
  • Bundling the updates is helpful for system admins that have to update all their machines.
  • Even though they come bundled, you will still have to install the SSU first.
  • If you install the CU first, you may get an error and you will need to install the SSU.
Microsoft Stacking Updates make a error free process

If you tried updating Windows 10 manually or by using the Configuration Manager or WSUS, you might have run into some trouble.

That’s because the common rule is that you need to run Service Stack Updates (SSU) and only then run the Cumulative Updates (CU). And not only that but you need to match the correct SSU with the corresponding CU.

Microsoft is always on the move to simplify the updates process and last year in September, they announced that they will bundlee the SSU and CU together in a single package.

How is Microsoft managing the new update package?

Update: Microsoft has finally started to push the first Windows 10 cumulative update combined with a servicing stack update for easy installation.

While in the previous two months, Microsoft tested this LC/SSU update for enterprise and consumers from the Windows Insider program, now it’s the first time that Microsoft released an LC/SSU update via Windows Update.

According to a Tech Community post, you will still need to install the SSU first:

Starting with this release, Microsoft will combine the latest servicing stack update (SSU) for your operating system with the latest cumulative update (LCU). To utilize this improvement, install the most recent standalone SSU (KB4598481before installing this LCU.

Moreover, Microsoft specified that if you install the LC first, you may encounter the error 0x800f0823 – CBS_E_NEW_SERVICING_STACK_REQUIRED. Fortunately, this error will go away after installing the recommended SSU.

The Cumulative Updates will include the correct Service Stack and will also be available in WSUS and Microsoft Catalog:

Our upcoming changes will ensure that the SSU and LCU are provided together under a single payload to both Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Microsoft Catalog.

The new bundles will be called Servicing Stack so you can look for them easily in the Microsoft Catalog.

Of course, this move will be highly beneficial to administrators since they won’t need to look for CU and SSU compatibility or any other data about them.

However, larger packages can also turn into more possible issues. Also, this system eliminates the possibility of holding off the Cumulative Updates for later.

In the meantime, make sure you update your Windows 10 to the latest version at least for security purposes if not others.

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