Microsoft is going to draw an end to its years old pick-a-patch practice in the most popular platform Windows 7 and will introduce the cumulative security and performance updates instead. Pick a patch option was more flexible that allowed users to choose the updates they want. But according to Nathan Mercer, a senior product marketing engineer at Microsoft, the individual patches were creating multiple potential problems and this is why they chose to shift to the cumulative patches.

But according to Nathan Mercer, a senior product marketing engineer at Microsoft, the individual patches were creating multiple potential problems and this is why they chose to shift to the cumulative patches.

Microsoft To Bring The Cumulative Security Update To Windows 7 And 8.1
Microsoft To Bring The Cumulative Security Update To Windows 7 And 8.1

This patch was first introduced with Windows 10 while Microsoft stated that the update will be now whole or nothing. That is either the consumers should accept the whole updates otherwise forego the patching. For example, users are not left with any choice and they can’t reject just one and go with the rest things or else select one and reject the other updates.

Microsoft Will Offer Cumulative Security Patches For All Windows Versions Except Vista

Microsoft will offer the cumulative patches in all Windows version except the vista starting October. One of that package will include security/non-security cumulative update while the other one will include only security patches.

Now consumer who keeps receiving bug fixes and patches through Windows update will automatically get the security and Noon-security cumulative update while the business organizations that keep receiving the update through WSUS, SCCM, or else the Update catalog download site will get the option to select between security patches and the security and Noon-security cumulative update.

However, this change might not satisfy all as many have criticized this approach as inflexible earlier. Anyway, the first cumulative update will be seen in Windows 7 and 8.1 starting October.

Eliminating the pick-a-patch option from Windows 7 now removes the need for staying stick with this version and it would be really better to update with the version Windows 10.