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Windows 11 24H2 Introduces Hot Patching: What Does It Change?

With the introduction of Hot Patching on Windows 11 24H2 begins a radical change in update management, with Microsoft promising to optimize the timing and improve the efficiency of the world's most widely used operating system.

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What Does Hot Patching Mean for Windows 11?

Hot patching is a cutting-edge technology that enables the application of the most critical updates-those released, for example, during the famous monthly Patch Tuesdaywithout the need to reboot the computer. This feature is particularly advantageous in corporate settings, where every minute of downtime can mean loss of productivity and, consequently, revenue. Please note that this is a feature coming soon to the latest Microsoft operating system; to get it you can purchase a Windows 11 product key, or upgrade Windows 10 to 11 for free. Check the system requirements to make sure you can upgrade. Once the testing period is over, the feature will be released to all users; by upgrading to Windows 11 now, you will be ready for the time when it arrives. 

A Strategic Change for Microsoft

Microsoft is not new to this kind of technological approach. In fact, similar systems have already been successfully adopted on other platforms in the Microsoft ecosystem, such as server-dedicated versions of Windows and Xbox consoles. However, the extension of this technology to Windows 11 marks a turning point, demonstrating the company’s commitment to actively responding to user needs and optimizing the overall operating system experience.

How Does Hot Patching Work?

The principle behind hot patching is relatively simple: patches are applied directly to the code in memory of running processes, eliminating the need to reboot the system. Nevertheless, it is important to note that a reboot of the PC will still be necessary every three months to ensure proper operation and security of the operating system, as explained in Microsoft’s technical documentation.

Advantages and Limitations of Hot Patching

The introduction of hot patching is undoubtedly a benefit to users, drastically reducing interruptions due to the installation of updates. However, there is a trade-off: selective uninstallation of updates applied through this mode will not be possible. This means that, in case of problems with the latest updates, users will have to remove all recent updates, reverting to the version of the operating system that was present at the time of the last reboot.

What to Expect from Windows 11 24H2

At the moment, hot patching is still in the testing phase with the involvement of the Insider community in the Dev channel but expectations are high for its official debut with the release of Windows 11 24H2, scheduled for the second half of the year. This innovation will not only improve the user experience by reducing downtime but also mark a major step forward in the evolution of operating systems, confirming Microsoft as an innovative leader in the technology sector.

In conclusion, the introduction of hot patching in Windows 11 24H2 promises to revolutionize the way updates are handled, improving the efficiency and usability of the operating system. It remains to be seen how this technology will be received by users and what impact it will have on business practices and individual productivity.

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