Even though Microsoft has been busy trying to absorb Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users into the new Windows 10 platform, it hasn’t forgotten all about the older operating systems.
In its efforts to update devices to Windows 10, Microsoft reached a point of issuing forced updates to the new OS, but this ended a while ago. Nonetheless, the tech giant has now turned its attention back to its older fan base still using Windows 8 and Windows 7 with updates on how patches are applied.
The new Windows 8 and Windows 7 updates will now ensure that users have more control on what updates to download and install on their devices. Once the update is installed, it will now be possible to selectively download and install Security Only updates whenever you wish to. In addition, the update also changes the logic of the software updates such that if the Monthly Quality update is already installed, the security update will not be deployed since it is already part of the former.
In short, the new update will let users of Windows 8 and Windows 7 choose to install the latest security updates only without being pushed to install any other update on their PCs. Usually, security updates may tend to force you to also accept every other feature that comes along with the update, but this is no more. To achieve this, Microsoft only made its Windows 8 and Windows 7 Monthly Rollup updates easily separable, with security patches remaining aside and everything else also available separately.
If you have been feeling somehow exploited or vulnerable by the accept all or reject all policy on Windows 8 and Windows 7, well, this is the end. Funny enough, this is a simple switchback to what used to be the behavior of these two operating systems before this new Windows 10-inspired patchocalypse.