As it has done with Windows 10, Microsoft continues to monkey around with Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 updates for efficiency. In the latest round of changes, Microsoft’s Configuration Manager team blog has revealed that this month (March) starts a new process where Internet Explorer updates have been separated from general security updates. IE updates will remain separate and will need to be deployed separately. This is an effort to “simplify servicing” and reduce the size of the downloads.
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.
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