Massive changes coming to Windows 7 and Windows 8

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

If you have a computer that runs Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, then you’ve probably already noticed that things are getting better for these operating systems.

Scott Breen, Microsoft field engineer, claims that the “patchocalypse” that created big Windows 7 and Windows 8 update sizes is no more. Breen said that “based on user feedback, the team has updated the supersedence relationship of updates so that Security Only updates are not superseded. In addition, the logic of the updates has been modified so that if the Monthly Quality update is installed (which contains the security updates), the security update will not be applicable.”

According to Breen, Windows 7 and Windows 8 users are now able to:

  • Selectively install Security Only updates at any time;
  • Periodically deploy the Security Monthly Quality Rollup and only deploy the Security Only updates since then, and…;
  • … More easily monitor software update compliance using Configuration Manager or WSUS.

From now on, users are able to accept the latest security updates without being forced to download and install them on their computers. For an inexperienced user, this might not be the best solution as they might not install important security updates and compromise their computer.

Microsoft divided its Windows 7 and Windows 8 Monthly Rollup patches into security patches and everything else. The Windows 10 free upgrade window has ended, so this might be another reason why Microsoft decided to bring these massive upgrade changes.

We think that Microsoft made a good choice by allowing users to be able to select the updates they want to install on their computers. After all, what’s the point of downloading a big patch if you don’t want it installed on your computer?

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