Windows Cumulative Updates Unnerving IT Admins

IT administrators are getting wary of the impending shift to cumulative updates for previous versions of Windows, with many of them hoping for the best, but expecting the worst for this change.

Microsoft recently made the decision to force the Windows 10 maintenance model on customers using the previous versions of the OS — most notably Windows 7.

The software titan announced last month that beginning October, it will only offer cumulative updates for Windows 7 and 8.1, ending the practice of letting customers choose which patches they apply, something that has been a staple for decades.

And while Internet Explorer patches will not be included in this strategy, the fact that updates cannot be broken into their parts may make the process extremely painful for some users.

Mainly businesses and enterprises.

As this report notes, decision makers, IT admins, and patch experts all have their issues with the turn toward the Windows 10 model of releasing updates and security fixes.

Mostly stemming from the fact that since their job is to keep their businesses running, they will have to make the choice of either installing any faulty updates or not deploying them, exposing themselves to the risk of attack.

Enterprises will, basically, lose the control they had, and will not be able to handle any exceptions, such as individually uninstalling or blocking a particular update if it conflicts with their software.

And this is turning out to be a real concern for many.

Particularly, as the software titan has still not been able to refine the cumulative updates experience for Windows 10 users, with several such updates either breaking down PCs or failing to install altogether, for one reason or another.

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