Microsoft Windows 10 Update Delivery And Packaging Technique To Get Combined Service Stack Updates And Cumulative Updates

Microsoft has been trying to optimize and improve the Windows 10 update compilation and delivery for quite some time. The latest change to the Windows Updates involves combining the Service Stack Updates and Cumulative Updates. These two were delivered separately, but Microsoft has decided to jointly deliver them to further simplify the Windows 10 Update process.

Windows OS Update Management is about to get a lot simpler for Microsoft Windows 10 OS Update Team. This also means Windows 10 OS Users can expect to receive fewer updates, and if Microsoft can, reduce the potential bugs and errors that increase with every update, be it Cumulative or Feature.

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Update Catalog, And Update Management To Undergo Major Changes?

Microsoft appears to be significantly tweaking the Windows Operating System’s update compilation and delivery mechanism. The company has been claiming to make improvements to the Windows OS Update Management platform for quite some time. Still, many users regularly complain about ‘Update Blocks’, BSODs, weird behavior, and failed updates after every Cumulative as well as Feature Update.

Now Microsoft could soon tweak the update management platform for “IT administrators” and bring in the provision of updates using management tools. The recent announcement from Microsoft indicates the company is attempting to make it easier to deploy service stack updates. However, the tweak strongly indicates Microsoft might be attempting to combine the Service Stack Updates and Cumulative Updates.

So far, Service Stack Updates (SSU) and Cumulative Updates (LCU) have been completely separate processes. But oftentimes, the LCUs require certain SSUs, and hence it only makes sense to effectively combine the two branches of updates. This would allow Microsoft to pack all necessary files into an update file and send the same across to Windows OS users.

Microsoft Intends To Reduce Failed Updates With The New Technique Of Update Delivery:

IT Administrators that manage Windows OS updates have been facing some confusion. This is because not every patch day follows the same pattern. While Some Patch Tuesday contains a new service stack update, on quite a few occasions, it is missing. Moreover, the error message that came up if there was a problem due to a missing service stack update, has not been particularly effective. For a Cumulative Update, the error reads, “Update is not applicable”. However, as IT Admins know, the root cause is not immediately apparent.

Microsoft apparently believes if the SSU and the LCU are provided together on the device, a large and frequent source of errors could be eliminated. And reportedly, the company has conducted a few trials with promising results. In the new technique, the update stack then orchestrates the installation automatically so that both are applied correctly, claims Program Manager Aria Carley.

The upcoming unification of updates will ensure that the SSU and LCU are deployed together for both Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and the Microsoft catalog. It appears the Windows Update Team has already started the test. IT Admins for Windows 10 OS might have already experienced the new unified update delivery mechanism if they installed the SSU from September 2020 and use at least Windows 10 Version 2004.

While experimental, Microsoft has indicated it will publish more information and gradually implement the change for all users, including end-users, in the next few days. Incidentally, the upcoming Windows 10 Insider Build does not have the same yet.

Alap Naik Desai


A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.