It would seem that the end is nigh for system admins and users of hotfixes, the only issue updates released by Microsoft’s technology team in control of the codebase.
Hotfixes, while never meant to be a permanent solution to software issues, were very useful for users who were facing a single problem with a program. It meant minor fixes could be dealt with quickly without needing to download huge updates.
Hotfixes were popular with advanced users who had a Microsoft Premium Support agreement. It was possible to ask specific hotfixes by submitting a’Design Change Request’. These hotfixes were also delivered by the same engineering team responsible for codebases.
Microsoft’s hotfix service is no longer available
That has now all changed as recent efforts by consumers to download hotfixes have been greeted with the following message.The Hotfix service is no longer accessible. Instead you can find your fix or patch by upgrading to the latest update available for your product.
You can also obtain Microsoft drivers, software updates, and other support files by downloading them from the Microsoft Catalog, the Microsoft Download Center, or update to Windows 10. Windows 10 contains the most up-to-date security and other features built right in.