Speaking of Windows Updates... Here's What's Inside Them

Subject: General Tech | February 10, 2016 - 03:52 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, windows 10

Since the release of Windows 10, Microsoft has been pushing for updates to just happen. They want users to receive each of them, because then it's harder for malware authors to take advantage of known vulnerabilities and it's also easier for Microsoft to update Windows (because it would have fewer permutations of patch levels). These updates would arrive with the useless name “Cumulative update for Windows 10 (some version)” and no further information, besides a list of changed files without any context.

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Now with slightly less blindness...

Microsoft now has a page that lists the general improvements as a bullet-point list. It's not an extensive list of changes, and most of them are related to security and privacy, but that is to be expected now that Windows has moved to a build paradigm. They are broken down by build level, though, which lets you see everything that happened to 10240 since it launched separate from the list of everything that happened to 10586 since it was published.

This is positive. Microsoft should have done this for a while, and I hope they continue indefinitely.

Source: Microsoft

February 10, 2016 | 04:51 PM - Posted by funandjam

While this appears to be a good move, it's not enough. We all want to know details about all updates including past ones, and not just current and going foward updates.

February 10, 2016 | 04:59 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

It does include past ones, even for 10240. It doesn't break them down by re-release date, though, because they're all considered roll-ups.

February 11, 2016 | 09:31 AM - Posted by funandjam

It's bullet pointed highlights, not details of what each individual update is.
You know what is funny? I sit here and complain about their lack of transparency and nefariousness, and yet I have win10 on both my home pcs since it was first available.

February 11, 2016 | 11:56 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

they've always been vague details.

if you wanted the nuts and bolts you look the KB up on their site and it gives you the full details.

no windows update in any version ever has given you the full skinny on why and what.... that would be some page long pop up scroll window of they wanted to do that.


February 10, 2016 | 04:54 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I just want my solitaire app to work. LOL sad but true

February 10, 2016 | 06:53 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Installed NSA backdoor... Wait what? :D

February 12, 2016 | 09:23 AM - Posted by VeritronX (not verified)

You'll never see that, there's probably never been any public version of windows 10 without it =P

February 10, 2016 | 08:39 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Good job Microsoft, Windows 10 and telemetry has gotten me to disable updates entirely.

Still, it's nice that they tell you at least some of what's in the the updates

February 10, 2016 | 10:43 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

In 10 years, there will be no Windows xx. So enjoy your updates while Microsoft is supplying them. Look what happened to Internet Explorer. The same thing is going to happen to Windows xx.

February 11, 2016 | 12:24 AM - Posted by Goofus Maximus (not verified)

Gotta love the new info. We fixed some problems here. We increased security there. The other thing now works when you hop on one foot while spinning clockwise and whistling showtunes.

February 11, 2016 | 01:24 AM - Posted by Hakuren

For now biggest piece of malware you can have on you booting drive is infamous W10. Period.

February 11, 2016 | 05:10 AM - Posted by Master Chen (not verified)

The shilling is real, the PR is truly strong.

February 11, 2016 | 04:58 PM - Posted by pollcats38

maybe the updates for in-definitly will be a good to great thing?

February 11, 2016 | 07:55 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Finally a good article on Windows 10 spying and data collection.


There is no need to run Windows 7/8.1/10 on any X86 processors. OEMs and Microsoft preloaded Windows on user's computers.

Microsoft Media center in the history books now. Many browsers and Media players can be used on Linux or Macs.

Only gamers need Windows xx. That is it.

February 13, 2016 | 08:56 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

don't worry linux users, the NSA is spying on you via systemd!

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