Windows 7 and 8.1 monthly cumulative rollup updates. Starting on the 2nd Tueday of October 2016 Windows Update will now use a Rollup to deliver updates. You will no longer see a list of Windows Updates to install. Instead a single “Rollup” update will be displayed if you manually run Windows Update. October 4th, 2016, Updated October 7th, 2016, October 14th additional information and chart added. October 18th - Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup (AKA: November's patch Tuesday review) By: J W Stuart
What is a “Rollup”? A rollup is a single update that contains all the monthly patches or updates. Each monthly Rollup addresses both security issues and reliability issues. The Monthly Rollup will be published to Windows Update (WU), WSUS, SCCM, and the Microsoft Update Catalog.
Monthly Rollup From October 2016 onwards, Windows will release a single Monthly Rollup that addresses both security issues and reliability issues in a single update. The Monthly Rollup will be published to Windows Update (WU), WSUS, SCCM, and the Microsoft Update Catalog. Each month’s rollup will supersede the previous month’s rollup, so there will always be only one update required for your Windows PCs to get current. i.e. a Monthly Rollup in October 2016 will include all updates for October, while November 2016 will include October and November updates, and so on. Devices that have this rollup installed from Windows Update or WSUS will utilize express packages, keeping the monthly download size small.
Over time, Windows will also proactively add patches to the Monthly Rollup that have been released in the past. Our goal is eventually to include all of the patches we have shipped in the past since the last baseline, so that the Monthly Rollup becomes fully cumulative and you need only to install the latest single rollup to be up to date. We encourage you to move to the Monthly Rollup model to improve reliability and quality of updating all versions of Windows.
We are planning to add these previously shipped patches over the next year and will document each addition so IT admins know which KBs have been included each month.
Security-only updates: Also from October 2016 onwards, Windows will release a single Security-only update. This update collects all of the security patches for that month into a single update. Unlike the Monthly Rollup, the Security-only update will only include new security patches that are released for that month. Individual patches will no longer be available. The Security-only update will be available to download and deploy from WSUS, SCCM, and the Microsoft Update Catalog. Windows Update will publish only the Monthly Rollup – the Security-only update will not be published to Windows Update. The security-only update will allow enterprises to download as small of an update as possible while still maintaining more secure devices.
.NET Framework Monthly Rollup: The .NET Framework will also follow the Monthly Rollup model with a monthly release known as the .NET Framework Monthly Rollup. The monthly .NET Framework Monthly Rollup will deliver both security and reliability updates to all versions of the .NET Framework as a single monthly release, targeting the same timing and cadence as Windows. It is important to note that the rollup for the .NET Framework will only deliver security and quality updates to the .NET Framework versions currently installed on your machine. It will not automatically upgrade the base version of the .NET Framework that is installed. Additionally, the .NET Framework team will also release a security-only update on Microsoft Update Catalog and Windows Server Update Services every month.
Note: Updates for the Servicing Stack and Adobe Flash won't be included in the rollups.
And lastly: A preview of the monthly quality rollup Added October 14th 2016, Revised October 18th, 2016 An additional monthly rollup containing a preview of new non-security fixes that will be included in the next monthly rollup, as well as fixes from all previous monthly rollup. This can also be called the “preview rollup.”
This preview rollup will be released on the third Tuesday of the month (also referred to as the “C week”).
This will be published to WSUS using the “Updates” classification as an optional update. It will also be available via Windows Update (where all consumer PCs can but should not install it, as it is essence a beta version of November's Security Monthly Quality Rollup) and on the Windows Update Catalog. This is an "Optional update" and as such Windows Update will not automatically install it, so your safe. This update in general is ment for IT department to test and bug swat.
With WSUS, you can enable support for “express installation files” to ensure that client PCs only download the pieces of a particular monthly rollup that they haven’t already installed, to minimize the network impact.
Starting in early 2017 and continuing for several months, older fixes will also be added to the preview rollup, so it will eventually become fully cumulative; installing the latest monthly rollup will then get your PC completely up to date.
This (like all updates) will have a unique KB number.
Authors note: The “C” week 3rd Tuesday rollup is an early release of next months “B week rollup” and in effect are beta versions which could be more likely to create issues with your home computer.
I suggest you skip making any attempt to install the “C week” rollups.
Getting and staying current will also be easier with only one rollup update required. Rollups enable you to bring your systems up to date with fewer updates, and will minimize administrative overhead to install a large number of updates.
If you forgot to download October’s update, then you’ll be able to get those updates as part of and included in November’s update cycle. Each month’s rollup will supersede the previous month’s rollup. Example: October 2016 rollup will include all updates for October, while November 2016's rollup will include both October and November updates, and so on. So if you don’t bother or forget to download October’s update, then you’ll be able to get those updates as part of November’s update cycle.
Note: Rollups may be revised proactively and will add patches to the Monthly Rollup that have been released in the past.