Microsoft begins patch rollups based on the new Windows servicing model


Earlier this year, Microsoft announced some servicing changes coming to Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Server 2012 R2, and Server 2008 R2. For those unfamiliar, Microsoft is changing the way it releases security updates and other patches for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Essentially, Microsoft is releasing a security update (aka “rollup”) every month — which will include all the fixes from a year. The company will also release a “security monthly quality rollup” which will basically include security fixes for a month, as well as the security fixes from all the previous months. Lastly, Microsoft will also be rolling up a preview of the monthly quality rollup which will deliver a preview of non-security fixes that’ll come with the next monthly rollup.

For example, the company today released the “October 2016 Security Monthly Quality Rollup” for Windows 7 which includes security updates for Internet Explorer 11, Windows Registry, Microsoft Video Control, and Windows authentication methods. Additionally, there is also a Monthly Rollup for October, which includes the similar fixes. It is worth noting that these monthly rollups will be available from WSUS, SCCM, and the Microsoft Update Catalog (alongside Windows Update, of course).

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