Windows Updates — release history

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Nov 262016

With Windows 10 for most people, Updates are delivered automatically. It’s easy to see your Update History in Settings — what was installed. For example, Cumulative Updates, Security Updates for Adobe Flash Player, Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool installs.

But how can you tell if somehow you missed some? Or, perhaps you’re interested in when major Updates were released and what issues were addressed? Well, you can view Microsoft’s “Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 update history” page. Note the different version numbers.

If you’re still using Windows 7, there’s a page for that: “Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 update history.”

For Windows 7, my experience has been that the Windows Update process can be inconsistent, and the reliability vary from PC to PC. Even manually invoking a check for updates sometimes does not work — the “checking for updates” process never completes.

Windows 7 Mainstream Support Ends — what this means

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Jan 132015

Ref: As Windows 10 approaches, Microsoft will no longer offer free help and support for the ageing but still popular Windows 7

Don’t panic. If you’re using a Windows 7 PC, here’s what the announcement means. On January 13, 2015, Microsoft changed the status of Windows 7 support from “mainstream” to “extended” phase. Security patches will continue to be released. That level of support will last until 2020.

Happily that doesn’t mean your computer is going to automatically break or stop working, but it does mean Microsoft will no longer offer free help and support if you have problems with your Windows 7 software from this point on. No new features will be added either.

If you haven’t been calling Microsoft for support, then you’ll likely not do so in the future — so, no worry about support cost.

Ref: Windows 7 exits mainstream support: What you need to know

Yet another end is nigh for Windows 7. After months of buildup—Microsoft killed standalone software sales of the operating system in October 2013, and Windows 7 consumer PCs stopped being manufactured in October 2014—the venerable OS is finally exiting “mainstream support” on January 13, 2015.