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Microsoft fleshes out seismic change to Windows patching

Gregg Keizer | Oct. 11, 2016
Elaborates on how this month's Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 updates will be packaged and delivered

The loss has been among the most debated -- and criticized -- aspects of Windows 10, where this model originated. IT administrators have voiced the same unease about this week's change to Windows 7 and 8.1.

"There is a real concern that there will be an issue that because we have to keep the business operational, we will not be able to install the update rollup," said Susan Bradley, the IT administrator who moderates the mailing list, where business IT professionals discuss update tradecraft. "And then as a result, we [will] leave ourselves exposed to risk of attack."

Microsoft will release the first cumulative updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 tomorrow around 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET).

win7 new update model

Microsoft's new update model for Windows 7 and 8.1 looks complicated.


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