Microsoft announced on August 15th they are changing their update model for older versions of Windows starting in October 2016. This change will effect Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2. They will continue to provide both reliability and security patches throughout the month, however will now provide a single cumulative update containing all fixes at the end of the month. The November release will include all the November fixes, PLUS the October cumulative update. This rollup will continue each month and include new patches from each previous month. In addition, Microsoft will also be slowly adding patches released prior to October with an ultimate goal of providing one update at the end of the month that will enable the PC or Server to update from the initial release to a current fully patched state in one step. This mirrors the current Windows 10 update process.
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