Version, Builds, and Updates Oh My!!!

  1.    13 Nov 2016 #1

    Version, Builds, and Updates Oh My!!!

    I just did a clean install of Windows 10. I then checked for updates a only got a few. This started me thinking since when I do 7 or 8 clean install, I get a lot of updates. So, I started my google quest to learn more about Versions, Builds, and Updates for Windows 10. I read Brink's Sticky as well. I have attached a pic to show what I have. Check for updates indicate that I am up to date.

    Can someone explain Version, Build, Anniversary, and updates? Or maybe direct me to information that explains what these are as compared to the old way? I'm more familiar with lets say Windows 7 Home Premium, Service packs, and monthly updates. As a student in computers and networks I think I may need to have a better understanding how Windows 10 does things.

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  2. TairikuOkami's Avatar
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       13 Nov 2016 #2

    This (Windows as a service and Servicing links are informative) -

    Windows 10 updates are cumulative, so you only need to install like 3-4 updates, which include everything.
    There are 3 major versions, basically: RTM (Build 10240), SP1 (Build 10586) and SP2 (Build 14393 or 1607 AU).

    Updates currently download only, what is needed, lets say there is 800MB update, 10 will download only 150 MB.
    And if this was not good enough, MS is planning to improving it even further with Unified Update Platform (UUP).
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  3. Berton's Avatar
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       13 Nov 2016 #3

    From a practical standpoint it is Windows 10, Version 1607 and Build 14393.447, also referred to as the AU/Anniversary Update. The Version number changed such as 1607 [July 2016] replaced 1511 [November 2015] which replaced 10240 [the original RTM[Release To Market/Manufacturing] version]. The Build number is somewhat similar to a Service Pack as used on Win7 and earlier. It gets confusing when Upgrade and update are used interchangeably. Added to the mix of the RTM/Release version we also have the IP/Insider Preview version [formerly the Technical Preview] which could also be called the BETA or testing version. The IP version has larger Build numbers.

    The .xxx on the Build number changes more frequently than the other numbers.

    As to the confusion, it's important to have those numbers mentioned in questions or System Specs so solutions for the RTM version don't include those for the testing version.
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  4.    13 Nov 2016 #4

    Thank you for your response. Things are starting to sink in a little. I do like the cumulative aspect. Seems MS heard the cry about updates.
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  5.    13 Nov 2016 #5

    copiman said: View Post
    Thank you for your response. Things are starting to sink in a little. I do like the cumulative aspect. Seems MS heard the cry about updates.
    Right! I just did an install of Windows 7 for a friend...OMG.... over 200 different updates that took me about 2 days to finally get through - and that was after working a couple hours to just get Windows Update to do anything at all!
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