The robust system that is Windows Update very rarely gets a look, but Microsoft have released a new set of improvements for this feature in order to further enhance security for users.
That is to say, users that receive and install updates via this option.
These new updates are supposed to ensure more secure communication between the client and server, and the official rollout began this week (June 23) for basically all current Windows installations.
Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1, Windows 8, Windows RT, and Windows Server 2012, all are inline to get this security update, automatically. So unless you have automatic updates turned off, chances are the patch is already downloaded and ready.
Microsoft talked about this new patch, KB2887535, saying:
“As with past updates, this update will not change your current Windows Update or Automatic Updates settings. Anytime Windows Update (or Automatic Updates) is turned ON, either set to automatically install updates or notify to download/install updates, Windows Update will take care of updating itself.”
Technically speaking, this new patch for Windows Update hardens the infrastructure used by WU/MU client, and ensures a more secure communication channel for future updates.
And no future update is more high profile than Windows 8.1 Update 2, which many believe will be rolled out via the Windows Update option between August and September.
Essentially, this is another way of ensuring faster, better and securer installation of Update 2.