Reminder: Latest Improvements to the Simplified Servicing for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1

Applies to: System Center Configuration Manager (all supported versions)

As previously announced, the Windows team has made some modifications to the servicing model for Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2 to further simplify update deployment. Beginning with March 2017, the Security Only Quality Update will no longer include updates for Internet Explorer. The cumulative Internet Explorer update will again be available as a separate update.

With this separation, the Security Only Quality Update package size will be significantly reduced, but you will need to deploy and install the Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer to remain secure for the latest supported version of the browser if you elect not to deploy the Security Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows. The Monthly Rollup will continue to include updates for Internet Explorer, as a single additive update that provides all security and reliability fixes since the beginning of the new servicing model in October 2016.

If you’re currently deploying the Security Only Quality Updates with Configuration Manager, please make the necessary deployment process changes to also deploy the Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer to remain secure.

Please see the Reducing the package size of the Security Only update section for full details.