Microsoft has released the three new updates KB3192403, KB3192404, and KB3192406 as optional for Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2.
The company changed the updating process significantly in October for Windows 7 and Windows 8 client operating systems, and Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 server operating systems.
Updates are now delivered as monthly rollups instead of individual patches. This means that every patch released for one of the supported operating systems is now included in the monthly rollup, but no longer available as individual updates that users can download and install.
Microsoft furthermore distinguishes between security-only rollups, which it releases once a month covering all security updates for that month, and monthly rollups, which include both security and non-security updates, and include previous updates as well.
Another recent change is the introduction of so-called previews for quality rollups. Microsoft picked the third Tuesday of each month for that.
Basically, what is happening is that Microsoft releases the monthly rollup patch for the coming month as a preview on the third Tuesday of the month.
Yesterday was the third Tuesday of October, and Microsoft released the updates KB3192403, KB3192404, and KB3192406 as a consequence.
These updates are listed as optional patches. This means that Windows users and administrators need to check them first in Windows Update to install them.
Note: Preview quality rollup patches should be considered as beta releases. It is not recommended to install them unless done for testing purposes, or if they fix an issue that you are experiencing on a Windows machine.
KB3192403: October 2016 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
The list of changes include the following improvements and fixes:
October 2016 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
KB3192404: October 2016 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.
The list of changes includes the following ones:
KB3192406: October 2016 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows Server 2012.
The list of changes includes these fixes:
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