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Microsoft Windows’ future updates may no longer require restarting (thanks to ‘hot patching’)

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The digital world is abuzz with the latest news from Microsoft: Windows updates will no longer require reboots. This revolutionary feature, known as “hot patching,” is set to redefine the user experience, making it more seamless and less cumbersome.


Hot patching works by patching the in-memory code of running processes without the need to restart the process. This technique has already been successfully implemented in some Windows Server editions and Xbox consoles. The introduction of hot patching to Windows 11 is expected to increase productivity by reducing IT headaches such as reboot failures and coordinating multi-tier workloads. It also enhances security, as users often delay updates due to the hassles of downloading a patch.


However, the new feature does come with a caveat. Hot patching might require enabling virtualization-based security (VBS), which could potentially impact system performance. This could be a concern for gamers who might have disabled VBS to boost performance.


The hot patching feature is currently being tested in the Windows 11 dev channel and is expected to arrive with Windows 11 24H2 later this year. It remains unclear whether hot patching will be available to all Windows 11 users or limited to commercial editions such as Enterprise, Education, and Windows 365.


This development has sparked a flurry of online discussions, with users eagerly anticipating the arrival of this feature. But what do you think? Will the benefits of hot patching outweigh the potential performance impact of enabling VBS? Share your thoughts below.



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