As we reported recently,
Microsoft is simplifying and enhancing the Windows Update
process by combining servicing stack and cumulative updates
into a single package. This move is expected to make Windows 10
patches more reliable, at least for some users or those who
skip servicing stack updates.
Microsoft has now shared more details on this new ‘single
package’ design that could fix Windows 10’s patches.
Servicing stack and Windows 10’s monthly updates are typically
installed together when you use Windows Updates. In some cases,
if a specific version of the SSU is missing, you won’t be able
to install the latest cumulative update automatically.
For example, if a device does not have the required SSU
installed, your cumulative update will fail to install with
generic error messages.
This happens usually when you update your devices manually
using Microsoft Update Catalog and skip servicing stack
updates. Likewise, IT administrators who manage devices are
also required to select and deploy the servicing stack update
with the latest cumulative update to ensure seamless update
To address problems with Windows Update, Microsoft is
introducing a “single package design” for Windows Update that
will provide a more seamless experience for those managing
monthly updates manually.
“Our upcoming changes will ensure that the SSU and LCU are
provided together under a single payload to both Windows Server
Update Services (WSUS) and Microsoft Catalog,” Microsoft
If you use Windows Update, Configuration Manager, Microsoft
Update Catalog or any tools backed by WSUS, Microsoft will
apply the servicing stack update automatically and your Windows
Updates installation won’t fail often.
Microsoft says these changes are not yet live for consumers or
businesses using any production version of Windows 10.
It’s also worth noting that the single design package requires
your device to run
September 2020 servicing stack and cumulative update or
later. If you don’t install the September patches, you
won’t be able to benefit from this single update package design