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KB3081424 is the first cumulative update for Windows 10

KB3081424 is the first cumulative update for Windows 10

by AshwinAugust 6, 2015

It has been quiet on the Windows Update front, ever since Microsoft released Windows 10 last week.


And today marks the first cumulative update for the new operating system.

The KB3081424 Windows Update is rolling out to Windows 10 users. While the Redmond Company hasn’t detailed on the changes that the update brings, the knowledgebase article for KB3081424 says that it replaces KB3074683, a prior cumulative update, released a week ago.

From the massive list of changes listed in the page liknked above, we can say that the new update brings in a truck-load of fixes.

It is a known fact that Windows Updates for Windows 10, requires users to have all prior updates installed to continue receiving new ones. Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean you will have to download each update every time a new one is released.

That would consume a large chunk of data. Microsoft has confirmed that Windows 10 Updates only download the files which are missing, and patch your computer to the latest available fixes.

If you are wondering why Microsoft hasn’t released any updates for a whole week, it is not actually surprising. In the days before Windows 10 was released, the Redmond Company rolled out a multitude of updates day after day, much to the annoyance of Windows Insiders.

When questioned about this, Microsoft’s Gabe Aul had said that this would not be the way how the update channels work after Windows 10 is released.

It is likely that Microsoft has been pushing updates to fix issues in Build 10240 which was released to OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) like HP and Dell, who pre-loaded the operating system on new PCs which were available for pre-order, before July 29th.

What’s worse, was the fact that the majority of those updates required the user to restart the computer, to finish the installation process. Speaking of which, today’s update KB3081424 also requires a reboot to finish installing. The latest update is reportedly around 300-325MB in size, and takes about 10-20 minutes to install. (make sure you keep your device plugged in to avoid any untoward issues)

And with no option to disable Windows Updates, users are likely to be annoyed, but this is just the first update. You can expect more like these soon, perhaps even one new update every week or so.

The final build of Windows 10, which was released as a free upgrade for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 users, was the same Build 10240, which members of the Windows Insider Program had been testing for a while.