Windows 11 Quality Updates Improvements | CUs are 40% Smaller

Let’s check the details of Windows 11 Quality Updates Improvements | CUs are 40% Smaller. Windows Update on Windows 11 UI is changed.

You can get the details about Windows 11 update history and uninstall updates. Let’s check whether Windows 11 feature updates and quality updates are changed or not.

Windows 11 update experience will change drastically because of Windows core architecture changes. This is the future thing that Microsoft might be envisioning. How to reduce the feature update time. Let’s check my first experience with Windows 11 updates in this post.

Patch My PC

Windows 10 to Windows 11 upgrade took me around 1 hour in my experience. However, Microsoft might be improving this experience for the future versions of Windows versions (Windows 12 or 13).

More details Upgrade to Windows 11 | Windows 11 Insider Program Registration Process | How to Guide.

Windows 11 Quality Updates with 40% Reduction

Windows 11 will receive cumulative monthly security updates up to 40% smaller in size than Windows 10 cumulative updates. Windows 11 patching made simpler with one cumulative monthly update that supersedes the previous month’s update, containing the following :

  • Security Fixes.
  • Non-security fixes.
  • Service Stack Updates.

You can get a 40% reduction in Windows 11 Cumulative Update size. The only green boxes will get copied over from Windows 11 new Cumulative update source to the existing Windows 11 install.

Windows 11 Quality Updates Feature Updates Driver Updates Firmware Updates | CUs are 40% Smaller
Windows 11 Quality Updates Feature Updates Driver Updates Firmware Updates | CUs are 40% Smaller

The fragmentation of patches is a mix of individual updates available in Windows devices. You can see the fragmentation of patches in Windows 7 devices. However, I think it’s reduced significantly in Windows 10 after implementing cumulative patches for the quality updates.

Windows 11 Quality Updates Feature Updates Driver Updates Firmware Updates | CUs are 40% Smaller
Windows 11 Quality Updates Feature Updates Driver Updates Firmware Updates | CUs are 40% Smaller

Design to Reduce Software Updates Size using forward and reverse differentials

Now, let’s know more details of Windows Updates using forward and reverse differentials. The new design helps Windows reduce the Software update size by 40%. The following picture gives you a very high-level view of how this works.

It seems, since Windows 10, version 1809, Windows servicing has used paired forward and reverse differential compression. The OS can revert to its base version as an intermediate state in services by utilizing the forward and reverse differentials.

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Picture Credit to Microsoft – https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-it-pro-blog/how-microsoft-reduced-windows-11-update-size-by-40/ba-p/2839794

Windows 11 Feature Updates

Windows 11 feature updates are released once per year. New versions of Windows 11 will be released once per year as Microsoft documentation. Windows 10 has a different feature update release cadence. Windows 10 feature updates are released twice per year.

Windows 11 will have an annual feature update cadence, a change from the semi-annual cadence of Windows 10.

Windows 11Windows 10
Frequency of feature updates1 new version is released per year2 new versions released per year
Windows 11 Quality Updates Feature Updates Driver Updates Firmware Updates

My First Experience with Windows 11 Updates

I got several updates as part of the Windows 11 update. Most of those updates are related to hardware components and drivers for hardware configuration.

  • Lenovo Firmware
  • .Net Framework work
  • Lenovo – System
  • Advanced Micro Devices – SecurityDevices
  • Qualcomm Atheros Communications
  • AMD – System
  • Advanced Microsoft Devices Inc

You can go to Settings apps and navigate to Windows Update. If the updates are available, you can see the updates available to Install.

Windows 11 Quality Updates Feature Updates Driver Updates Firmware Updates
Windows 11 Quality Updates Feature Updates Driver Updates Firmware Updates

Windows 11 Seek for Updates

You can navigate the Settings app and then navigate to the Windows Update tab and Check for Updates. This is the way to get the latest version of updates from Windows updates. Seeking updates by clicking on the Check for updates button helps get the updates faster.

Windows 11 Update History

Click on the Start menu button and start typing – Settings. Navigate to the Windows Update tab, where you will see the Update History option.

Windows 11 Quality Updates Feature Updates Driver Updates Firmware Updates
Windows 11 Quality Updates Feature Updates Driver Updates Firmware Updates

Windows 11 Uninstall Updates

You can uninstall Windows 11 updates from the Settings application. Open the Settings application from the start button and then navigate Windows Updates. You will be able to see Uninstall updates under related settings.

Uninstall workflow in Windows 11 uses the old framework called Control Panel – Programs – Programs and Features -> Installed Updates.

You can click on the Windows 11 update to uninstall and remove it from Windows 11.

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Windows 11 Quality Updates Feature Updates Driver Updates Firmware Updates

Windows 11 Update Icons

The following are the three Windows 11 Update icons:

  • Checking for Updates
  • Restart Required (estimated: time)
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Windows 11 Quality Update Feature Updates Driver Updates Firmware Updates
  • You’re up to date
Windows 11 Quality Update Feature Updates Driver Updates Firmware Updates
Windows 11 Quality Update Feature Updates Driver Updates Firmware Updates

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Anoop is Microsoft MVP! He is a Solution Architect in enterprise client management with more than 20 years of experience (calculation done in 2021) in IT. He is a logger, Speaker, and Local User Group HTMD Community leader. His main focus is on Device Management technologies like SCCM 2012, Current Branch, and Intune. He writes about ConfigMgr, Windows 11, Windows 10, Azure AD, Microsoft Intune, Windows 365, AVD, etc…

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