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  • Win7 Servicing Stack updates: Managing change and appreciating cumulative updates

    Posted on September 21st, 2018 at 16:38 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    You may recall the problem we had earlier this month with Error 0x8000FFFF in the Win7 Cumulative Update?

    John Wilcox has just posted an item in the Windows IT Pro Blog with some (eminently readable!) details:

    Some Windows 7 devices recently experienced issues installing either the August or September 2018 Monthly Rollups or Security-only updates. The intent of this blog is to share why these issues occurred, what we are doing about it, and how this relates to Windows 10 cumulative updates.
    To tell this story, we need to travel back to October of 2016, when we released the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) servicing stack update (KB 3177467). Servicing stack updates, or SSUs, are periodic updates released to specifically service or update the software stack for Windows platforms. These are fixes to the code that process and manage updates that need separate servicing periodically to improve the reliability of the update process, or address issue(s) that prevent patching some other part of the OS with the monthly latest cumulative update (LCU).

    It’s an interesting tale, well worth reading.