Microsoft Corporation decided in August that they would begin releasing updates for both Windows 7 and Windows 8 monthly. This replaces their old process of releasing updates individually as they were created. This is same model that Microsoft adopted for Windows 10.
These updates are rolled up into one larger single update. The following Microsoft operating systems transitioned to this new process starting in October of two thousand sixteen.
- Windows 7
- Windows 8
- Windows Server 2008 R2
- Windows Server 2012 R2
These monthly updates included both reliability updates and security updates. You will be able to obtain these one time monthly updates via Microsoft Update Catalog, Windows update, Windows Server Update Services, and System Center Configuration Manager. These updates are cumulative just like Windows 10.
If you keep installing these Microsoft updates monthly then you are installing just that month's updates. However, if you skip some months, then you will be downloading all monthly updates that your computer is missing. Also, Microsoft will be releasing security only updates via Microsoft Update Catalog, Windows Server Update Services, and System Center Configuration Manager.
This allows enterprises to deploy security only updates to large amount of endusers. This will not be available to home users via Windows Update. Each individual update will no longer become available for download and install.
Allegedly, this simplifying process allows Microsoft to release these updates in a more efficient manner. They claim this will shorten scan times for Windows update. Finally, Microsoft Windows Vista and XP are not included in this new Windows update process.