Microsoft's Unified Update Platform (UUP) for Windows 11 has been in public preview since last October for on premises users. Microsoft is now readying to bring the new way of updating Windows to general availability. The first updates will start rolling out on March 28. In a blog post, Microsoft says UUP will also provide faster .NET Framework updates as well as faster Windows updates.
This is because the Unified Update Platform has .NET updates integrated within it. The service will limit the number of reboots when installing .NET Framework updates and automatically install them. Under the previous system, updates would require the device to restart before installation.
Anton Fontanov, a Program Manager at Microsoft, explains the change in the post:
“We've integrated .NET Framework updates into the Unified Update Platform or UUP-based feature update. Moving to Windows 11, version 22H2 via Windows Update will now automatically help secure your device with the latest .NET Framework updates. You'll now experience one less reboot!”
Fontanov also points out that users have more control over optional updates:
“Another experience we are excited to announce is how optional, or preview, .NET Framework updates are offered. You will now find upcoming optional .NET Framework updates for Windows 11, version 22H2 on the Settings > Windows Update > Advanced options > Optional updates page.
Before this change, you may have checked for updates by clicking “Check for updates” button on the Settings > Windows Update page. This would automatically install preview .NET Framework updates and cause your device to restart. With this improvement, have better visibility into and control over adopting the latest optional preview .NET Framework updates.”
The company debuted the Unified Update Platform (UUP) in November 2016. Microsoft developed the platform to reduce the size of updates and to make finding new updates more efficient. UUP is essentially a way to make Windows updates more seamless by reducing the amount of data included in the update package.
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