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New File Naming Schema for Microsoft Windows Software Update Packages
Article ID: 816915 - View products that this article applies to.
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Microsoft has adopted a standardized file-naming schema for all software update packages for the products that are listed in the "Applies to" section of this article (hereafter referred to as "Windows software update packages"). The new naming schema went in effect in April 2003 for all Microsoft Windows software update packages that are created and distributed by Microsoft.
For additional information about the standard terminology that Microsoft is adopting to describe software updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824684/ )Description of the Standard Terminology That Is Used to Describe Microsoft Software Updates
Microsoft has adopted this file-naming schema for software update packages for the following reasons:
New Schema for Naming Windows Software Update PackagesMicrosoft uses the following schema to name Windows software update packages:
ProductName-KBArticleNumber-Option-Language.exeThe following list provides information about each attribute in the new naming schema.
Exceptions to New Naming SchemaMicrosoft Windows NT 4.0 software updates will continue to use the earlier naming schema. For example, Windows NT 4.0 hotfixes will continue to use a naming schema with the following format:
Article ID: 816915 - Last Review: April 20, 2012 - Revision: 7.0