Servicing Stack Updates will soon be a thing of the past, at least for supported versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system. Microsoft announced plans last year to simplify the deployment of servicing stack updates by integrating them into the monthly cumulative updates that it releases for its operating systems.
Previously, Servicing Stack Updates and cumulative updates were offered separately, and that could lead to issues, e.g. that a cumulative update could not be installed because the required Servicing Stack Update was not installed already.
Devices updated via Windows Update were not affected by the issue, a Windows Update delivered both the Servicing Stack Update and the cumulative update automatically. The situation was different for systems on which patches were installed through other means, e.g. by downloading an update to install it manually.
Microsoft released cumulative updates for all supported versions of Windows and other company products this week. Along with the updates came Servicing Stack Updates. What makes these special is that they are the prerequisite for the new unified updating approach.
Basically, what it means is that these Servicing Stack Updates may be the last ones that need to be installed on a device manually, as they are from that release onward included in the cumulative updates.
The support page for the Servicing Stack Update for Windows 10 version 1809 provides the following information (support pages for other versions offer the same information):
Additionally, this update enables a single package design that incorporates the servicing stack update (SSU) into the latest cumulative update (LCU). Combining the SSU and LCU update into a single package provides a more seamless deployment and installation experience.
The February 2021 Servicing Stack Updates are the prerequisites for the new unified approach.
Microsoft will switch over to the new approach "in the coming months" according to the update posted here.
We are planning to switch over to the new combined package format for these earlier versions in the coming months. In the meantime, please broadly deploy the February 2021 SSU across your organization to take advantage of the upcoming capability.
Windows administrators who installed updates directly, without using Windows Update to do so, benefit from the change the most as it resolves a long-standing issue.
It needs to be noted that this affects Windows 10 systems only. (via Windows Latest)Advertisement
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