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August 6, 2015
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Now that the Windows 10 launch day is behind us, it's time to look towards the many updates Microsoft has in store. One of those updates is happening right now. If you have made the switch to Windows 10, you may have already noticed the presence of update batch KB3081424 in Update & Security under Settings.
The "Cumulative Update," which has also been referred to within the industry as "Service Release 1," primarily includes fixes intended to better the functionality of Windows 10. The number of changes you receive depends on how recently you updated your device.
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Because the batch is cumulative, your computer may already have some of these fixes if you recently downloaded Windows 10. Microsoft has been updating the OS throughout the rollout process to address minor glitches along the way.
As reported on Microsoft's Support page: "This package contains all previously released fixes. If you have installed previous updates, only the new fixes that are contained in this package will be downloaded and installed to your computer."
Update KB3081424 is a non-security update and does not include fixes for known vulnerabilities. Aside from a short (and decidedly vague) description of the update and a long list of files receiving changes, Microsoft does not provide much detail on what the fixes will address.
The batch is being delivered as part of Windows Update, so it will automatically install if automatic updates are enabled on your device. There are no prerequisites for installing the update, and you must restart your PC when the download is complete.
Microsoft reportedly intends to release more of these batches as often as once per week, at least during the first few weeks Windows 10 is generally available, a source informed ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley.
Refresher: As part of its "Windows as a Service" strategy, Microsoft is doing away with major numbered launches of Windows. The company will instead administer patches and new features in small incremental updates when they are ready for rollout.
Windows users may receive these updates at different times based on the servicing branch accompanying their plan. Enterprise users who are part of the "Long Term Servicing" branch, for example, will have greater control over how they receive new feature updates so as to safeguard their systems.
About the Author(s)
Staff Editor, Dark Reading
Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial services. Sheridan earned her BA in English at Villanova University. You can follow her on Twitter @kellymsheridan.
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