Windows 11 is getting rebootless updates with hotpatching feature | Laptop News

Windows 11 24H2 could use a new feature called “hotpatching”, which is available in the Windows Server builds, to install monthly updates without rebooting your system. With hotpatching, Microsoft plans to patch the in-memory code of running processes without the need to restart the process.

If you’re a regular Windows user, you must be familiar with Patch Tuesday. If not, it’s the second Tuesday of every month, when Microsoft sends patches and security updates to your PC. The updates improve the security of your Windows 10/11 PC and sometimes add a few new features.

While this is all welcome and helps keep your PC secure and up-to-date, it also brings something unwelcome, reboots. A pain for many users and IT Admins, Windows updates almost always require a full PC restart. Countless memes and angry posts are floating around which blast the forced reboots.

Fortunately, it looks like the days of complaining about reboots are going to end. Microsoft is testing a feature for Windows 11 which will get rid of reboots every time your PC updates. Known as “hot patching”, this feature is currently being tested on the latest Dev insider build.

Hot patching is already present on Windows Server and Xbox, so it’s nothing new for Microsoft, but it will be the first time that it is coming to regular PCs out there.

So, what is hot patching for Windows 11?

According to this not-so-technical article from Microsoft, Hotpatching works by “patching the in-memory code of running processes without the need to restart the process”. This results in the update getting installed on the system without the need for a system reboot.

However, the user has to reboot after every three months. This is because hot patching starts with a cumulative…

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