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If you were looking forward to an update to your Windows 10 security settings with a patch this month, then sorry to disappoint you. Microsoft just announced that it will withhold its February security patches for all Windows products entirely due to an issue it found just before release time and could not fix beforehand.
The delay is rumored to an unexpected change in the way Microsoft handles security updates. The company was set to release the February patch on Tuesday, with a new format that takes the more aggregated approach of Windows 10’s cumulative patches and applies that to Windows 7 and 8.1 updates
“Our top priority is to provide the best possible experience for customers in maintaining and protecting their systems,” Microsoft wrote in a statement to the Microsoft Security Research Center (MSRC) blog. “This month, we discovered a last minute issue that could impact some customers and was not resolved in time for our planned updates today.” “After considering all options, we made the decision to delay this month’s updates. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change to the existing plan.”
Similar to how Windows 10 works, Microsoft can no longer compartmentalize the contents of its updates for older operating systems or release only the bits of them that it chooses, instead they must be released together. Users can no longer choose which patches they download and install, Microsoft must release its new cumulative patches all at once.
Microsoft is yet to release a statement regarding when it will release an updated, cumulative set of patches for February.