Windows updates can now time out

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Microsoft recently activated a new update expiration policy for Windows updates. Updates released for Windows may be reported as expired by the company now, which means these updates will no longer be available through Windows Updates, the Microsoft Update Catalog, or other release channels.

Microsoft periodically releases regular updates, cumulative updates, and feature updates for Windows. Cumulative updates are released monthly for all supported versions of Windows; each cumulative update includes the fixes that were included in its predecessor.

The title of a support page for an expired update, such as the support page for KB4540673, has EXPIRED added. In addition, an “EXPIRY NOTICE” is added to the page at the very top to explain what this means.

IMPORTANT As of 8/5/2021, this Knowledge Base is no longer available from Windows Update, the Microsoft Update Catalog, or other release channels. We recommend that you update your devices to the latest Security Grade update.

On Windows Server Update Services, a new banner appears at the top to indicate whether an update has expired.

Only cumulative updates will expire according to at Microsoft. Security-only updates for Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 SP2 client and server operating systems do not expire because “they are not cumulative and contain only one month of fixes “. Microsoft notes that older packages also have not expired if a newer update package has a dependency that has not” been replaced by a older package. recent”.

The expiration policy is beneficial for users and administrators as it leads to “better performance, shorter scan times, faster user experience, and reduced risk of deploying older updates that have been replaced by more recent and more secure updates ”.

Microsoft regularly evaluates the expiration of published packages. The company did not disclose the expiration criteria, only that it is possible that some older packages may not be marked as expired while newer updates for the same version of Windows are marked as expired.

Are there any downsides to expiring updates? Expired updates will no longer be available, but if they’re old enough, it shouldn’t impact anyone. Some benefits, including faster scan times, are enjoyed by many users and administrators.

On the other hand, expired updates are not offered through Windows Updates to machines because other updates have already replaced them. Home users can download them from other sources, including Microsoft’s Update Catalog website, and manually install them on devices.

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Windows updates can now time out

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Windows updates can now time out

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Microsoft recently enabled a new update expiration policy for Windows updates, which allows the company to mark updates as expired.

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Martin Brinkmann

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