That approach will go away, starting on Oct. 11, because Microsoft will start issuing monthly cumulative updates to Windows 7/8.1 on that date. Microsoft announced this coming monthly "update rollup" model back in August, which will deliver updates to those operating systems in a way that's similar to the update model of Windows 10. The monthly updates to Windows 7/8.1 will arrive on the second Tuesday of every month, known as "patch Tuesdays."
It's still a bit early at this point. The Windows 7/8.1 update process could see some adjustments, Kleynhans suggested. "But cumulative updates solve more problems than they create for the majority of users," he contended.
As with all cumulative updates, it will be automatically downloaded and installed to your PC within a couple of days, but if you want to get on top of the situation, you can get the update right now by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.
In a blog post titled "Patching with Windows Server 2016," Microsoft said that the server is getting basically two types of cumulative updates each month. These two updates arrive on different days within a given month. For Windows Server 2016 installations, a security update arrives first, followed by a quality update a couple of weeks later. Here's the breakdown:
Because the two cumulative updates arrive on the same day for older Windows products, many organizations have discovered to their dismay that the security update arrives superseded. That's because the quality update contains the security patches in the security update, so patch management systems read the security update as being unnecessary (superseded). Microsoft's solution for organizations is to delay the supersedence of those updates by modifying rules in a patch management system. However, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 users are out of luck because that product doesn't have the ability to customize the supersedence rules, Microsoft recently explained. Other System Center Configuration Manager products do have that customization ability, though.
Also, Windows Server 2016 will get .NET Framework monthly rollups. They are cumulative updates and arrive on patch Tuesdays. There's a rollup that contains security and quality improvements, and a rollup that's "security only," but both arrive on the same day (patch Tuesday), according to this .NET blog explanation. A preview of a quality rollup arrives on the third Tuesday of each month.
Automatic Updates On by Default Microsoft has turned on the Automatic Updates service in Windows Server 2016 by default. It will automatically download cumulative updates each month, but IT pros will have the ability to choose when to install them if using Windows Server Update Services, which has policy options for configuring the behavior of installations, as described in this TechNet article.
As we have shared with our readers previously, opting for a metered connection helps in deferring new updates for until you are ready. However, this strategy also poses you to security threats as you won't receive Patch Tuesday cumulative updates. If you are comfortable with manually installing cumulative updates every Patch Tuesday, then you can use this option to block Windows 10 April 2018 Update for a longer time. Here's how:
Do note the severity of this option as most of the security updates will stay blocked too. While Microsoft will continue installing priority updates, most of the cumulative updates will remain blocked. You will need to install cumulative updates manually until you toggle off the metered connection. Every time Microsoft sends a security patch, you will need to manually download and install it from the Windows 10 update history page.
As you may have noticed from the blog title, Microsoft has shifted its cumulative updates (CUs) from a quarterly to a semi-annual release cadence. Microsoft made this change based on feedback from its customers. The new update schedule with be March (for the H1 update) and September (for the H2 update).
Microsoft issues its latest set of cumulative updates for Windows and other Microsoft products this week, but the March, 2020 Patch Tuesday is notable not only because of the sheer volume of fixes, but because it will prevent one very serious bug in its Server Message Block (SMB) technology (download the patch right now) that could lead to a wide range of different (and potentially wormable) attacks.
"The month of July was a study in NOT being simple," Bradley wrote. "The cumulative updates were not cumulative. Also in the last several months the release of the C and D patches have been very inconsistent. Sometimes we've had them released on Tuesday, other times it's been Wednesdays or Thursdays."
The current edition of Windows 10 has the latest update for OS builds 19042.2486, 19044.2486, and 19045.2486. This is the first major Windows 10 update that will remove Internet Explorer browser permanently. Accordingly, the only problem with this update is that the legacy Microsoft Edge browser is also removed. It is used to procure standalone servicing stack updates (SSU) that affect your cumulative updates.
Windows 11 updates ensure your operating system is working optimally by fixing bugs and introducing new efficient features. However, some errors have been noticed with incoming updates. So, if you prefer to delay the updates for a week or two to confirm if they are safe, you will have to deactivate automatic updates. You can follow these simple steps to pause all updates: 2b1af7f3a8