Windows 10 update process simplified with February 2021 Patch Tuesday

Windows 10 update process

Last year, Microsoft made the decision to simplify the Windows
10 update process by incorporating the servicing stack updates
and latest cumulative update into a ‘single package design’.

According to Microsoft, the single package design could
streamline the whole update process and reduce Windows 10
installation issues, especially when you’ve to manually update
computers in an organization.

In multiple support
documents, Microsoft has confirmed that SSU (service stack
update) are now combined with the monthly cumulative update for
Windows 10 version 1809 or newer.

This change is rolling out to all supported versions of the
operating system with
Windows 10 February 2021 cumulative update. The single
package design is not coming to older and unsupported versions
of the OS and Microsoft recommends updating to the latest
version so that failure scenario can no longer occur.

For those unaware, servicing stack updates are released every
month with reliability improvements for the update process.
These updates are designed to mitigate potential issues while
installing the monthly cumulative update and a problem is
likely to be encountered when SSUs are skipped

SSUs are installed automatically when you update your device
via Windows Update Settings. However, SSUs can be skipped when
you manually install updates via the Microsoft Update Catalog.
This could lead to issues when installing future cumulative
updates.

With February update, Microsoft is ensuring that SSU and
cumulative updates are included in the same package.

This change will come into effect only when you install the
February updates from the Windows Update. Once done, Windows
10’s usual cumulative updates will include servicing stack
updates (or SSUs).

In addition to these improvements, Microsoft has also fixed
numerous issues with this month’s cumulative update. For
instance, the Redmond firm has fixed issues with Windows
Credentials Manager, File Explorer, browsers, multitasking, and
more.

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