Microsoft announces Cumulative Update channel for .NET Framework

Donna Miller
September 24, 2018

In a support post addressed to devices with "low storage space", Microsoft notes that machines such as thin clients or embedded systems could fail during the update initialization, and furthermore that: "Windows Update does not check systems for adequate space requirements before it initializes".

Windows 7 and 8.1 - Multiple.NET Framework updates, per Windows version. It is often the case for Patch Tuesday updates that they contain security updates and it is important that you can apply those quickly throughout your environment. Today, it has announced a new channel, dubbed "Cumulative Update", for the framework, through which it will begin rolling out updates starting with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update and Windows Server 2019. Microsoft delivers major feature updates to Windows 10 twice per year, in the spring and in the fall, and they typically arrive on update Tuesdays, so it's likely that the new policy will kick off on October 9, although Microsoft didn't specify that date. From a development standpoint, it will also enable Microsoft to efficiently respond to customer needs by releasing standalone patches.

Microsoft has also broken down the updates for different versions of Windows 10.

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Windows 10 April 2018 (version 1803) and earlier versions of Windows 10 - One Windows Cumulative Update (which includes.NET Framework updates), per Windows version.

Users should keep in mind that updates for Windows and the.NET Framework will be silently installed. Microsoft, though, will be delivering.NET Framework updates on the following schedule and servicing cadence across Windows versions. Windows 10 users that use the Windows Update service to install updates automatically likely won't notice the change, Microsoft's announcement indicated. But there's a hiccup with the update process. We are continually improving our validation system to ensure high-quality updates.

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