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How to Decline Superseded and Intermediate Patches

When managing patch approvals, it is recommended to decline superseded patches once a newer patch has been approved for installation. When checking for updates, Windows update will not install a superseded patch if it detects a newer patch. This means that if Patch A and Patch B are both approved for installation, but Patch B supersedes Patch A, only Patch B will be installed. 

Declining superseded patches is beneficial in reducing overhead when managed devices are checking for updates, and can also affect the time that it takes for systems to find updates. 

The Patch Management > Patch Approval page contains the following icons to denote the supersedence level of a patch when applicable:

  • No icon: This update does not supersede another one nor is it superseded by an update.
  • clipboard_e17672de15fee56d2563240039dbf9535.pngBlue square on top: This update supersedes another update and should not be declined as they are not superseded by any other updates.
  • clipboard_efe9c99d04edd032ed4d835fcfaa20698.pngBlue square in the middle: This update has been superseded by another update, and also supersedes another update(Intermediate). This is an example of an update that you may want to decline.
  • clipboard_e69560b7d2f79f210330fb45059b24c89.pngBlue square in the bottom right corner: This update has been superseded by another update. This is an example of an update that you may want to decline

If you are using Automatic Patch Approval to approve new patches, it should be safe to decline all superseded patches, as the superseding patches should be automatically approved. However, if you are managing approvals manually, you should ensure that the newer patches are approved prior to declining older superseded patches. 

Please Note:  While Managed Workplace does allow the option to auto-decline old revisions of patches, this does not apply to superseded patches.


Declining Superseded Patches

To decline superseded patches, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to Patch Management > Patch Approval
  2. Ensure that the Products and Classifications filter is set to All
  3. Ensure that the Status filter is set to All
  4. Ensure patch Supersedence is set to Superseded
  5. Change the Approval filter to Install
  6. Change the Release Date filter to All
  7. Click Apply
  8. You may now select all applicable patches which are superseded
  9. Once you have selected all patches, click on Change Approvals and decline the patches. 

 

Declining Intermediate Patches

To decline intermediate patches, please follow the steps below:

  1. Go to Patch Management > Patch Approval
  2. Ensure that the Products and Classifications filter is set to All
  3. Ensure that the Status filter is set to All
  4. Ensure patch Supersedence is set to Intermediate
  5. Change the Approval filter to Install
  6. Change the Release Date filter to All
  7. Click Apply
  8. You may now select all applicable patches which are superseded
  9. Once you have selected all patches, click on Change Approvals and decline the patches. 
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