Windows 11 Unveils ‘Hot Patches’ for Instant Updates Without Reboots

Microsoft is experimenting with a new update mechanism for Windows 11 called “hot patches,” as reported by Windows Central. These updates won’t necessitate a system reboot, allowing innovations to be implemented instantly. Testers in the developer channel discovered this feature in the latest Windows 11 update.

Microsoft defines “hot patches” as updating running processes’ code in memory without restarting them. Initially, security updates will be distributed through this mechanism. While immediate reboots after updates are unnecessary, occasional system reboots will still be required every few months.