Only Microsoft could make Windows updating both easier and harder at the same time.
This month we move from individual Win7 security updates to the new roll-up model. But Microsoft also released some individual updates alongside the rollups.
To get through this transition, here are some steps to make the updating process less painful.
Working with the big change in Win7 updating
Microsoft’s new roll-up model for Windows 7 has a significant impact on the Patch Watch column. I can no longer give you patch-by-patch recommendations on what to install now and what to put off — or never install.
October’s patch release seemed especially confusing because some fixes are being address by both roll-up updates and separate patches. (Most of those separate updates are for corporate environments.) Whether this is a temporary expediency by Microsoft is something we’ll have to wait to see.
For Patch Watch followers who stuck with Win7, I’m taking a slightly different tack in this column. I’d like you to review your system and determine how “crusty” it is — and how much you depend on it.
If you have several Win7 computers, I recommend taking a cue from IT administrators: At least for this first use of the roll-up update system, install the updates on one system and carefully test that machine. Check, for example, that printer connections continue to work and there are no issues with your key applications.