GDR & LDR : The Next Generation

Following on from: GDR, QFE, LDR… WTH? Branching Out Service Packs – Levels vs Installers One of the questions I have received a few times after publishing the previous blogs is “how do I see if a given binary is on the GDR or LDR branch on my system?” Pre-Vista this is actually simple to…

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Branching Out

Following on from the previous entry regarding hotfix packages and the branches, here is a fictitious product life cycle:     At time T1 the product is released (RTM). After RTM there is a GDR hotfix package “a” released – this package will contain both GDR and LDR versions of the updated binary. Later, LDR hotfix…

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GDR, QFE, LDR... WTH?

Update 2012-04-16: Later related blog entries (as the topic grew in its scope and version numbering/branch identification changed after Windows Server 2003): Branching Out (2009-05-18) – gives a generic overview of the branching mechanism, with examples Service Packs – Levels vs Installers (2009-05-29) – distinguishes between “service pack level” and “service pack installer” for disambiguation…

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