I should have followed this link before the last post.
Windows 7, 8.1 moving to Windows 10’s cumulative update model
October 2016’s Patch Tuesday will see the release of the first Monthly Rollup for Windows 7 and 8.1. This will be a single package delivering all of the security and reliability improvements released that month. Patch Tuesday will be delivered through Windows Update (WU), Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). Subsequent months will have new Monthly Rollups, and these will be cumulative, incorporatin
Basically, this would end the endless cycle of update-install-wait-wait-reboot-rinse-repeat of multiple updates. Sounds really convenient, eh?
Not so much.
What Microsoft won’t be doing after October, however, is shipping the individual hotfixes any more. Fixes will only be available through the Monthly Rollup or security-only update. This means that the ability to pick and choose individual fixes to apply will be removed; they’ll be distributed and deployed as a singular all-or-nothing proposition. (emphasis added)
There’s a known buggy update you don’t want to break your specific legacy app? Tough shit.
You don’t want the Win10 “upgrade” installer? So sorry.
Another “security” update broke font rendering? Again. Typical users are going to have fun disabling those.
Linux, Linux, Linux, Linux. Free. Easy to install and use. With Wine, you may be able to keep using legacy Win programs. My issue there is a lack of CMYK graphics support, and that the larger graphic files (@200MB for a single file) bog down in Wine/Mint. Sanely sized files that don’t need CMYK get done in Mint. Some of my favorite Windows apps have virtually identical native Linux versions, so that’s an easy switch. Usually, installing a new program in Mint is easier than it was in Windows.