How to pre­pare for the new Win­dows 7/8.1 up­date changes

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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.

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