KB 4016240 affirms: Microsoft's "new" Windows refresh choice changes close to nothing - Techies Updates

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KB 4016240 affirms: Microsoft's "new" Windows refresh choice changes close to nothing

Microsoft touts another technique for fixing Creators Update, yet it would appear that simply the typical bug fixes.

Microsoft urgently needs to streamline its fixing procedure, yet the most recent change to how it takes off updates for Windows 10 adds little to the blend aside from more disarray. 

Prior this week Microsoft fixing honcho Michael Niehaus distributed points of interest of new refresh alternatives for Windows 10, form 1703. His article left me scratching my head—I didn't see much, in the event that anything, that was new. 

The heart of Niehaus' declaration goes this way: 

We are making a few acclimations to the updates that we are discharging for Win10, form 1703… we will routinely offer one (or in some cases more than one) extra refresh every month. These extra aggregate updates will contain just new non-security refreshes, so they will be viewed as "Updates" in WSUS and Configuration Manager… For those utilizing Windows Update for Business, these new "Updates" and "Basic Updates" won't be introduced on any gadgets that have been arranged to concede quality updates. 

He goes ahead to state that the current week's Windows 10 Creators Update fix, KB 4016240 (form 15063.250) is "the first of these non-security combined updates for Win10 1703." 

The Technet blog entry has been in this way refreshed with this outline: 

Some industry eyewitnesses have contended this "new" approach will decrease the quantity of patches or enhance Microsoft's capacity to keep things refreshed amid the essential initial couple of months of another adaptation's discharge or make it less demanding for administrators to control updates to their PCs. I'm not persuaded any of those perceptions is valid. 

For instance, in the initial three weeks of the rollout for Anniversary Update, rendition 1607, we saw fabricate 14393.10 on Aug. 2 (same date as general accessibility), assemble 14393.51 on Aug. 9, and assemble 14393.82 on Aug. 23—three fixes in the initial three weeks. 

On account of Creators Update, variant 1703, there was an underlying patch to fabricate 15063.13 on April 5, another to construct 15063.138 on April 11, and one to manufacture 15063.250 on April 25. Once more, three fixes in the initial three weeks. What's new about that? 

Microsoft has since quite a while ago discharged Windows 10 combined updates both with and without security patches. A month ago, we saw three patches to Win10 Anniversary Update; assemble 14393.953 (discharged on Patch Tuesday) included security refreshes, manufacture 14393.969 settled bugs that were presented by the past fix, and construct 14393.970 additionally settled bugs found in before patches. Just a single of the three was a security fix. 

I approached Susan Bradley for her contemplations. Bradley is arbitrator of the patchmanagement.org mailing list, journalist for Windows Secrets, a Microsoft MVP, and the most connected to administrator patcher I know. This is what she says: 

At the end of the day Microsoft is responding to client solicitations to change how they take off updates to Windows 10. Be that as it may, this most recent reported change… as I would see it... It's only an affirmation that their procedure to get input through telemetry discloses to them what they require keeping in mind the end goal to settle the working framework. 

At the point when the 1607 refresh was discharged, we got updates to that stage about once per week. It's hard to believe, but it's true on the off chance that you got the 1607 refresh when it was first discharged in July of 2016, you rebooted about once per week until the 1607 discharge at long last settled down in the November time allotment and began just getting rebooted once every month. So when Microsoft demonstrated in this current posting that "in view of input from clients" they are rolling out this improvement... I would challenge that announcement. This is just fixes to settle a working framework that by their own announcement is getting an ease back rollout to ensure that they discover issues. 

Actually this rollout is so moderate, I still can't seem to see a 1607 Windows 10 machine that has gotten 1703 through Windows Update. Everybody I know who has gotten 1703 did as such by asking for the refresh, either from the select in process, or through the ISO download prepare. Microsoft isn't discharging the media to their Enterprise clients (the volume permit adaptation) until May first. So for organizations, regardless we're being encouraged to keep down and not rollout the 1703 discharge until the working framework gets a couple of more fixes. 

In any case, primary concern I don't see this new reported fix as something besides typical bug fixes for an as of late discharged element discharge. On my WSUS server I can select to introduce them simply like whatever other Windows 10 combined refresh. They incorporate all fixes to date. In any case, this recently reported change doesn't change how I'm sending Windows 10: 

Despite everything I have machines that I consider test machines on the most recent component discharge: right now 1703. 
I have my generation machines on what is the current CBB discharge: Currently 1607.  
I have no machines on the first RTM variant and on the off chance that I had any PCs on the 1511 rendition (the principal include refresh) I would be overhauling them to 1607. 

So for me, this is business as the new normal with Windows 10: Expect any PC on an as of late discharged element refresh to be rebooted. A considerable measure. 

I suggested a conversation starter to Neihaus on his blog about how this new approach contrasts from the Windows Insider "Discharge Preview" ring. He stated: 

The "Discharge Preview" Insider ring will get these same updates, however prior in the process before they are distributed comprehensively to Windows Update, WSUS, and the Windows Update Catalog. 

That is the point where my head-scratching began drawing blood. I get that the Win10 refreshing cycle is unique in relation to the Win7/8.1 refreshing cycle. In any case, I don't perceive how the "new" Win10 refreshing cycle is generously not quite the same as the old. 

With Win7 and 8.1, we get: 

  • Month to month Security-just fixes
  • Aggregate Monthly Rollups
  • Sneak peaks of the nonsecurity part of the following month's Monthly Rollup 

With Win10 we now get: 

  • Two levels of beta test variants (Insider Program Fast and Slow rings)
  • Sneak peaks of the nonsecurity part of the following Cumulative Update (Insider Release Preview ring)
  • Sporadic nonsecurity patches (which clearly contain the security part of the former total refresh)
  • Aggregate updates (which contain both the previous nonsecurity patches and the most recent security patches) 

Would someone be able to disclose to me how we could make this any more convoluted? 

To me, KB 4016240—the current week's total refresh for Win10 Creators Update and the principal fix under the "new" administration—is basically indistinguishable to KB 3176934, the third-week fix for Win10 Anniversary Update. In the event that there's something new, I don't get it. 

Microsoft urgently needs to streamline the fixing procedure. We require something that doesn't require a decoder ring, a mystery handshake, and a Harry Potter mantra. Evanesco!

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