Microsoft just made an important change to Windows 10 update process

Windows 10 servicing stack update

Whether you manage a single PC or hundreds of enterprise PCs,
your challenges for managing Windows 10 updates are the same if
you want to install monthly patches promptly and prevent
updates from breaking Windows Update itself.

As you know, there are monthly mandatory cumulative and
security updates that are delivered on the second Tuesday of
each month. This is officially known is Patch Tuesday release
or ‘B’ update.

The Patch Tuesday rollout also includes the Servicing stack
update, Compatibility update, and Windows Defender patch.
Microsoft says servicing stack update should be installed
before other updates because it may include critical fixes for
the component that manages Windows Update process on your

Servicing stack also contains “component-based servicing
stack”, a key component for several Windows 10 features, such
as SFC (System File Checker), DISM (Deployment Image Servicing
and Management), and other command line-based features.

As we mentioned above, Microsoft “strongly recommends” users to
install its latest servicing stack update before installing
monthly cumulative updates.

Traditionally, SSUs have been periodic updates released
once in a while to update the software stack for Windows. Fixes
included in the SSUs are necessary for the reliability of the
update process, or to address issues that prevent patching of
Windows 10. If you don’t install the SSUs, you might face
issues with installation of future Windows Updates.

SSUs are offered separately, but starting with
September 2020 cumulative update, Microsoft says
it’ll finally combine SSUs and latest cumulative updates into a
“single-package design”.

By combining the SSU and LCU, Microsoft is hoping to address
the problems users encounter with Windows Update and offer a
“seamless installation experience”.

This change will apply to your computer after you install
Windows 10’s September servicing stack.

Microsoft says this month’s SSU is also offered automatically
and it doesn’t require a system reboot. To get the update, go
to Windows Update settings and check for updates.

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