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Windows 7: Monthly Rollup... the real truth!

05 Jun 2017   #11

Windows 7/8.1/10/XP multiboot

October was when Microsoft switched from issuing individual patches to a single update with all that month's patches. The "Security-Only" updates are one per month, and are not cumulative. The "Monthly Rollups" are one per month but are cumulative, so each successive Monthly Rollup includes the previous Monthly Rollups.

Thus, if you choose the Security Only updates you must install one per month, but if you choose the Monthly Rollups you only need to install the latest one.

At least, that's the way it's supposed to work. So far, these address only updates since the policy change in October 2016.

It's expected you're starting from a system that already has all pre-October patches installed. In April 2016 Microsoft issued a "Convenience Rollup" for Windows 7, which was a single update for all patches prior to that time. There are additional updates after April 2016 to bring a system up to date through September, after which you start using either the single Security-Only or Monthly-Rollup updates.

Personally, I only install Security Only updates, not the Monthly Rollups. Security Only updates include only security patches. Monthly Rollups include security patches plus non-security patches. In the past, Microsoft used non-security patches to sneak in telemetry updates and the Windows 10 upgrade files, which I (and others) did not want. I'll accept security patches but do not want anything that is not absolutely necessary. That's why I avoid the Monthly Rollups.

Note that the Windows Update function will not offer you the Security Only updates. It will only offer the Monthly Rollups. If you want the Security Only updates you have to download them individually from the Microsoft Catalog.

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