Windows 98 webpage keeps updating
If you check out one of the security bulletins, MS16-124 for instance on Microsoft's website, you will notice links to KB download pages right on that page.This means that users can download the security-only updates from Microsoft's Download Center site as well.Sometimes, I feel like Microsoft's right hand does not know what the left hand does.
The October 2016 patch day was the first month in which only update packages were made available.
Considering that the system did not work too well on Windows 10, it seems likely that users will be hit with issues eventually on Windows 7 or 8.1 devices as well.
Since it is no longer possible to block faulty updates, or uninstall them, all that users can do if they run into issues is to remove the whole update package.
Vital information are often missing, and it is up to guesswork and not facts when it comes to changes.
As you may know, Microsoft announced a major change coming to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 devices related to how updates are provided by the company (the same applies to Windows Server products).
No word on why Microsoft changed its mind and is offering the downloads directly as well.