How to prepare for the new Windows 7/8.1 update changes
Microsoft is changing the way it patches Windows 7 and 8.1. Here’s what we know -- and what to do to keep having Windows your way
With the majority of major organizations still holding off upgrading their fleets to Window 10, this may have significant impact if you’re not prepared for the details.
Windows 7 and 8.1 will no longer receive individual patches. Instead these will change to two separate kinds of monthly updates: a security-only and a full collection of updates. The security strain isn’t cumulative; the full bundle is. Each has its own deployment method. Details are available on the TechNet blog ( and its 100-plus questions). There will be no changes to the current patching method for Vista or Server 2008.
The problem is that many individuals and organizations don’t trust the “install all of Microsoft’s patches” approach. Hard to blame them -- the Get Windows 10 lessons run deep, and many dislike and distrust Microsoft’s enhanced telemetry capabilities, which they equate with snooping.