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Microsoft Offering Rollup Updates for Windows 7 and 8.1

Category: Software
Posted: 10:15AM

Installing an operating system is not a difficult process today, but it can take a long time, not because of the install itself, but the updates that came after release. To make the lives of those who maintain images of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 easier, Microsoft is now offering convenience rollup updates.

For Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, the rollup package contains all security and non-security updates since Windows 7 SP1 released, until April 2016. The package can be injected into image files for Windows 7 SP1 as well, but will require a servicing stack update from April 2015 to be installed.

For both Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1, and three versions of Windows Server, monthly rollup packages will be available, containing all of the non-security fixes for that month.

Microsoft is making more changes to updating Windows than these. Previously updates have been published to both the Microsoft Download Center and the Microsoft Update Catalog, but in the next few months the Download Center will be depreciated. All updates will be available on the Microsoft Update Catalog, and this is where security bulletins will link to. Also, later this summer, the ActiveX control used in the Microsoft Update Catalog will be removed, allowing more than just IE to work with the website.

Source: Windows TechNet Blog

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