Microsoft regularly releases major updates to their Windows operating systems. Below you'll find all the latest information on these updates.
Latest Major Updates to Microsoft Windows (Windows 8)
If you've already updated to Windows 8.1, the easiest way to update to Windows 8.1 Update is via Windows Update. See instructions for manually installing Windows 8.1 Update in the Download Windows 8.1 Update section of my 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 via 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 will be pushed via updates on Patch Tuesday.
Latest Microsoft Windows Service Packs (Windows 7, Vista, XP)
Please note that for most of you, the easiest way to install the latest Windows service pack or update is to run Windows Update.
|Operating System||Service Pack / Update||Size (MB)||Download|
|Windows 7||SP1 (windows6.1-KB976932-X86.exe)||537.8||32-bit|
 Beginning in Windows 8, Microsoft began releasing regular, major updates to Windows 8. Service packs will not be released.
 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 SP1a, 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.