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Microsoft integrates Servicing Stack Updates in Windows 10 cumulative updates

Currently, when you are installing updates manually on a Windows 10 system or are using update management solutions such as WSUS or Configuration Manager, you may run into update installation issues if an update depends on a particular Servicing Stack update that is not installed. Windows will quit the installation of the update with the error "update isn't applicable" and it is up to the system administrator to figure out why it cannot be installed on the device.

Starting in September 2020, and only for Windows 10 version 2004 and Servicing Stack update September 2020, or later, this behavior is a thing of the past. Cumulative updates for Windows 10 will include the Servicing Stack update that the cumulative update requires so that the error should not be thrown anymore.

Our goal is for all IT administrators, whether managing devices on-premises or from the cloud, to experience the simplicity of having a single cumulative monthly update to deploy that includes the month’s cumulative fixes and the appropriate servicing stack updates for that month, if applicable.

Separate Servicing Stack updates will no longer be offered for operating system versions that support the new bundled cumulative update packages.

Microsoft will apply the change to updates on Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and the company's Microsoft Update Catalog website.

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Microsoft believes that the new process will make life easier for administrators, as it is no longer required to pay attention to Servicing Stack update requirements. Administrators don't need to search for Servicing Stack updates and cumulative updates Knowledgebase articles anymore, as all information "will be in a single KB article". It is no longer necessary to check if a cumulative update has a specific Servicing Stack update dependency.

Microsoft has no plans to backport the system to previous versions of Windows 10. Administrators who administrate devices running older versions of the Windows operating system need to research dependencies just like before as nothing changes in that regard.

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Microsoft integrates Servicing Stack Updates in Windows 10 cumulative updates
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Microsoft will bundle Servicing Stack Updates and Windows 10 cumulative updates from September 2020 forward to eliminate installation issues.
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  1. ilev said on September 10, 2020 at 11:37 am
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    Wrong.
    Servicing stake has been always downloaded with the CU (even though it had a separate KB)
    The servicing stake can be found under Uninstall Updates.

    1. John G. said on September 10, 2020 at 2:11 pm
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      “Administrators don’t need to search for Servicing Stack updates and cumulative updates Knowledgebase articles anymore, as all information “will be in a single KB article”.” This is what Microsoft says, so probably those servicing stack updates have not been always downloaded in such that way you suppose. :[

    2. Martin Brinkmann said on September 10, 2020 at 3:56 pm
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      In Windows Updates yes, but not the other ways.

  2. arkamsla said on September 10, 2020 at 1:07 pm
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    that means more wallpaper desktop warnings of activate windows 10 now, for volume licensing notification users. So the disable windows update and software protect platform die with this newest lcu + ssu packet.

    1. Anonymous said on September 11, 2020 at 12:51 am
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      I still haven’t updated since 1709. I’ll update when all of this MS stupidity is resolved. They still don’t know WTF they are doing, Windows is still in beta.

      1. Rob.G said on September 11, 2020 at 10:18 am
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        “I still haven’t updated since 1709”.

        Wow that’s a long time ago. I thought I was doing well not updating Windows7 since 2011. ;-)

        Here’s another angle on the Stack Updates story from TechRadar……….

        “Windows 10 patches could finally be more reliable after Microsoft’s latest tweak”

        https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/windows-10-patches-could-finally-be-more-reliable-after-microsofts-latest-tweak

  3. ULBoom said on September 11, 2020 at 4:29 pm
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    Surprised this wasn’t always the case. They’re small, could be included with all updates and ignored by the OS if appropriate.

    But the new, improved integration is only for this year’s versions of Windows. They’ve given up on last year’s already? Too stressful to MS’s phlegmatic pace (true pace, not auto-release-junk pace.)

    Being smarter than MS, on our 1909’s I’ll install SSU’s and last month’s updates from the catalog; show them, you bet!

    So silly…

  4. Jeff said on September 12, 2020 at 6:55 am
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    In other bad news about Windows, Programs and Features is gone from 20211. We are now only left with the horrible Settings UI (Apps and Features). I am not amused.

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