But Support refuses to answer any direct question, instead telling me some nebulous path exists and I must simply upgrade to the latest Service Packs and then run their vaunted Upgrade Assistant.Finally, I also have the Win8 Consumer Preview software on a USB drive (which originally bridged the upgrade from XP to Win 8).Starting with Windows Vista, the primary client component became Windows Update Agent, an integral component of the operating system. Security updates or critical updates mitigate vulnerabilities against security exploits."Cumulative update is an update which includes previously released updates, it's like more than one simple update bundled together.The following procedures provide the steps to download the installation file, create a query for computers that do not have at least Windows Update Agent version 3.0, create a collection based on the query, and create a software distribution that targets the new collection.Enables the detection, download, and installation of updates for Windows and other programs.Security fixes for Outlook Express, Internet Explorer and other programs appeared later, as did access to beta versions of upcoming Microsoft software, e.g., Internet Explorer 5.
If Microsoft release cumulative update KB00004 which basically packed KB00001, KB00002, and KB0003 together, after you install cumulative update KB00004 you wouldn't need to install previously released KB00001, KB00002, or KB00003 anymore".
As the service has evolved over the years, so have its client software.
For a decade, the primary client component of the service was the Windows Update web app that could only be run inside Internet Explorer.
The first version of the web app, version 3, does not send any personally-identifiable information to Microsoft.
Instead, the app downloads a full list of every available update and chooses which one to download and install.