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  • Future Windows patch downloads available in the Update Catalog, not the Download Center

    Posted on April 22nd, 2016 at 11:57 Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Windows Update will continue to work as always, but if you want to download individual patches, starting next month you’ll have to download them from the Update Catalog. They won’t be available from the Download Center.

    And, at least as of now, you’ll need IE to get to them.

    Just got this from LL:

    I came across this today…

    Effective as of the May 2016 security bulletin release, all Windows updates will be available only via the Microsoft Update Catalog (, and will no longer be available on the Microsoft Download Center ( Making the updates available from only one location simplifies the process for our customers of finding and downloading security updates.

    You can only access the catalog via IE.  I’d have thought MS would have the catalog on a secure link but not as per this bulletin.
    I just want to add that I have not found an official announcement on this from MS.  It is not in the security bulletin email notifications from technet either.  It is on other sites.  It requires more digging.
    UPDATE: For those of you who wonder about the source, take a look at this post which seems to originate from Microsoft.