Microsoft Changes Windows 7/8 Update Model

Microsoft Changes Windows 7/8 Update Model

When Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 last year, they not only changed the operating system, but also the way the monthly updates work. Previous to the latest version, updates were issued every month and they built upon previous updates. So, if a system went unpatched for 3 months, you may need to download 3 to 9 updates to bring it to the latest and greatest version. If a year has passed, this number could reach well into the double digits.

With Windows 10 however, each update includes all the previous hotfixes. So a system that hasn’t been patched in 3 months may only need 1 or 2 updates to be current. Needless to say, this makes patching much easier, but also leads to larger downloads. Microsoft just announced Windows 7 and 8 will be adopting this model later this year. IT departments will probably appreciate this move.

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