#Windows8.1 #Windows7 – Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Update servicing moving to Rollup model : In August this year, Windows announced some changes for servicing models for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. Due to the new Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 servicing changes, users now will have to download fewer updates.
This has also made Windows OS more reliable. This new model eliminates update fragmentation and provides more proactive patches for the servicing model for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
Users will be happy to know that from October 11, 2016 onwards, these servicing changes have taken place. Under these changes, Microsoft is moving to the rollup model for Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2 updates.
Windows 7 & Windows 8.1 Update servicing changes
Due to the new Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 servicing change, all supported versions of Windows will now follow a similar update servicing model, bringing a more consistent and simplified servicing experience.
Here’s a list of what Microsoft is going to release under the Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 servicing changes.
- Security-only quality update (Referred to as a “B week” update): The Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 servicing changes will now see security-only quality updates. Basically, it will be a single update containing all new security fixes for that month. This will be published to WSUS using the “Security Updates” classification. This update (like all updates) will have a unique KB number.
- Security monthly quality rollup (Referred to as a “B week” update): This is the single update containing all new security fixes for that month (the same ones included in the security-only update released at the same time), as well as fixes from all previous monthly rollups.
- This can also be called the “monthly rollup.” This monthly rollup will contain the same new security fixes as the security-only update; it will have the same severity as the security-only update for that month. This update too will have a unique KB number.
- Preview of the monthly quality rollup (Referred to as a “C week” update): The Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 servicing changes will also have a preview of new non-security fixes from the previous month and the next month.
- This “preview rollup will start in early 2017 and continue for several months. Again, like the other updates, the preview updates too will have unique KB number.