Ask Slashdot: How Will You Handle Microsoft’s New ‘Cumulative’ Windows Updates?

Microsoft’s announced they’ll discontinue “individual patches” for Windows 7 and 8.1 (as well as Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, and 2012 R2). Instead they’ll have monthly “cumulative” rollups of each month’s patches, and while there will be a separate “security-only” bundle each month, “individual patches will no longer be available.” This has one anonymous Slashdot reader asking what’s the alternative:
We’ve read about the changes coming to Windows Update in October 2016… But what happens when it’s time to wipe and reload the OS? Or what about installing Windows on different hardware? Admittedly, there are useful non-security updates worth having, but plenty to avoid (e.g. telemetry).

How does one handle this challenge? Set up a personal WSUS box before October to sync all desired updates through October 2016? System images can work if you don’t change primary hardware, but what if you do? Or should one just bend the knee to Microsoft…?

Should they use AutoPatcher? Switch to Linux? Or just disconnect their Windows boxes from the internet… Leave your answers in the comments. How do you plan to handle Microsoft’s new ‘cumulative’ Windows Updates?


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