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Microsoft to end decades-old pick-a-patch practice in Windows 7


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Microsoft yesterday announced that beginning in October it will offer only cumulative security updates for Windows 7 and 8.1, ending the decades-old practice of letting customers choose which patches they apply.

"Historically, we have released individual patches ... which allowed you to be selective with the updates you deployed," wrote Nathan Mercer, a senior product marketing manager, in a post to a company blog. "[But] this resulted in fragmentation where different PCs could have a different set of updates installed leading to multiple potential problems."

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Instead, only cumulative security and performance updates will be offered. "Individual patches will no longer be available," Mercer said.

The new maintenance model for Windows 7 and 8.1 was a direct transplant from Windows 10, which has always relied on cumulative updates that include the contents of all previous releases along with the new fixes.

But cumulative also refers to the gestalt of Windows 10 updates: They're entities that cannot be broken into their parts.

When Windows 10 debuted, Microsoft made it clear that updates were all-or-nothing. Customers -- those who had a choice; consumers did not -- had to accept the whole or forego patching. Users could not apply one individual patch and reject others, or more likely, accept most fixes but block one or more that had proved flawed and sometimes even dangerous.

The cumulative update practice has now been extended to Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and versions of Windows Server up to 2012 R2.

Part of the new practice had been mentioned earlier. In May, when Microsoft released a roll-up for Windows 7 -- essentially a second "service pack" -- the firm also said that all non-security bug fixes for Windows 7 and 8.1 would soon start appearing in monthly cumulative updates. At the time, Microsoft did not hint that it would expand the policy to security patches as well.






Windows 7's and 8.1's first cumulative updates should appear Oct. 11, that month's Patch Tuesday.



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They will be getting everyone under their thumb soon enough....

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They will.

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Too bad that the MS "sheeple" can be led this way. Why can't the Linux founders be just as successful as MS Windows?



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