Microsoft regularly releases major updates to its Windows operating systems.
Formerly, those updates pushed through comprehensive service packs, but more often these days, they're semi-regular and significant updates through Windows Update.
In fact, in Windows 10 and Windows 8, the service pack, as we know it from previous versions of Windows, is essentially a dead idea. Much like updates on your smartphone, Microsoft is continually adding major features through automatic patching.
Latest Major Updates to Windows 10
As of October 2019, the last major update to Windows 10 is Windows 10 Version 1903, referred to as the May 2019 Update and code-named 19H1. This update began rolling out on May 21, 2019.
Updating is automatic through Windows Update.
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You can manually check for Windows 7 updates (to fix software bugs and security flaws) at any time. Although automatically checking for updates is the recommended setting, if you change Windows 7 Update to never check for updates, you need to periodically check for updates manually.
You can read more about the individual fixes and improvements on Microsoft's What's New in Windows 10 Version 1903.
Latest Major Updates to Windows 8
As of October 2019, the latest major update for Windows 8 is the confusingly named Windows 8.1 Update.
If you've already updated to Windows 8.1, the easiest way to update to Windows 8.1 Update is through Windows Update. See instructions for manually installing Windows 8.1 Update in the Download Windows 8.1 Update section of our Windows 8.1 Update Facts piece.
If you are not already running Windows 8.1, see How to Update to Windows 8.1 for detailed instructions on applying the Windows 8.1 update. When that's done, update to Windows 8.1 Update through Windows Update.
Microsoft is not planning another big update to Windows 8, like a Windows 8.2 or Windows 8.1 Update 2. New features, if available, will instead be pushed through updates on Patch Tuesday.
Latest Microsoft Windows Service Packs (Windows 7, Vista, XP)
The most recent Windows 7 service pack is SP1, but a Convenience Rollup for Windows 7 SP1 (basically an otherwise-named Windows 7 SP2) is also available which installs all patches between the release of SP1 (February 22, 2011) through April 12, 2016.
The latest service packs for other versions of Microsoft Windows include Windows Vista SP2, Windows XP SP3, and Windows 2000 SP4.
In the table below are links that take you directly to the latest Microsoft Windows service packs and major updates for each operating system. These updates are free.
The easiest way to install the latest Windows service pack or update is to run Windows Update.
Windows Update Patch Windows 7 Ultimate
 Beginning in Windows 8, Microsoft began releasing regular, major updates to Windows 8. Service packs will not be released.
 Windows 7 SP1 and the April 2015 Servicing Stack Update both must be installed prior to installing the Convenience Rollup.
 Windows Vista SP2 can only be installed if you already have Windows Vista SP1 installed, which you can download here for 32-bit versions, and here for 64-bit ones.
 Windows XP SP3 can only be installed if you already have Windows XP SP1a or Windows XP SP2 installed. If you do not have one or the other of those service packs installed, install SP1, available here, before trying to install Windows XP SP3.
 Windows XP Professional is the only 64-bit version of Windows XP and the latest service pack released for the operating system is SP2.
Microsoft as part of the May 2019 Patch Tuesday has released a new set of updates for its Windows 7. The company has also released security only updates which do not come with any non-security fixes.
Windows 7 update KB4499164 comes with improvements which include patches for Microarchitectural Data Sampling (MDS) flaw. The patch update also comes with fixes for issues reported in Microsoft Excel when using certain fonts.
The company has also made it a point to push a fix for a bug which prevented Visual Studio Simulator from starting. The Redmond Giant has discovered a new vulnerability CVE-2019-0708 in Remote Desktop Services for Windows 7 users which happens in the pre-authentication stage which does not require any user interaction.
The vulnerability is said to be similar to the WannaCry malware and is expected to spread from one device to another device very quickly. Hence to protect users from this vulnerability, Microsoft has released has included the patch in the latest update.
The Patch Tuesday update can be automatically downloaded from Windows Update. The company has reported one issue in the Patch Tuesday update which could affect Windows 7 PCs which have the McAfee security products installed.
The users will not be able to use the McAfee security products after installing the patch update on their Windows 7 PCs. Microsoft is currently working with McAfee to provide a quick fix for the bug.
As has already been reported in our previous articles that the Windows 7 operating system is in its last year of support, and will not be receiving any updates in January 2020.