WSUS Offline Update 10.9 ships with a new option to download "security only updates" instead of "quality rollups" for Windows 7 and 8.1, and Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, and 2012 R2.
Microsoft switched to a new update format recently that changes how updates are provided for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and the server operating systems Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, and 2012 R2.
Two update packages are released every month for the operating systems instead. The first package includes security updates only, and is not cumulative. It is not offered through Windows Update either.
The second package is cumulative, and includes security and non-security updates.
WSUS Offline Update 10.9: download security updates only
Windows customers who are concerned about privacy, download the security updates only to avoid any new telemetry collection features and other invasive features.
Users had to rely on the Microsoft Update Catalog up until now to download the security patches.
The latest version of WSUS Offline Update changes this as it comes with an option to download security updates only.
WSUS Offline Update is a popular third-party program to download updates for various Microsoft operating systems, Office, and other company products.
You can check out our review of WSUS Offline Update 8 here for an overview. The program is updated constantly to take into account update related changes, and to include new updates that Microsoft releases.
WSUS Offline Update 9.3 is a portable program that you can run from any location. To enable the downloaded of security updates only, do the following:
- Download the latest version of the program from the developer website.
- Extract the archive to a location on your system.
- Run the program afterwards.
- Check the "Use 'security only updates' instead of 'quality rollups'.
This works only for Windows 7 and 8.1 on the client side, and Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2 and 2008 R2 on the server side.
Here is what happens in the background when you enable that option:
- Updates released prior to October 2016 are downloaded just like before.
- Security-only Updates are downloaded starting October 2016. Quality rollups are not downloaded starting the same month.
This means that non-security updates are not downloaded anymore when you make the change. Regardless of that, updates are only downloaded to the local system but not executed after download.
The new option that WSUS Offline Update 10.9 ships with adds missing functionality to the program. Considering that you could only use it to download the quality rollup patches up until now, it is now once again usable by users who only want to download and install the security patches.
Now You: Which do you install? Security only patches, or all patches?