It has been announced by Microsoft that it plans to test Windows 7's update mechanism with 10 fake updates in the coming week. Users of Windows 7 RC, which publicly debuted late on May 4, will be able to test updates beginning from Tuesday, May 12, said Brandon LeBlanc, a Microsoft spokesman. He explained the news by saying Microsoft wanted to verify its "ability to deliver and manage updating of Windows 7 in certain real-life scenarios."
This is the second time that Microsoft is releasing phony updates for Windows 7; after February, test of the beta by delivering five bogus updates. Although this time the updates will not deliver any new features or fixes, but replace existing system files with exact duplicates as well, the fact that many of the updates will install automatically makes this test different from the first one. Users will need to go to Windows Update and manually install the updates that don't install automatically, notified the update team.
The changes were delivered through Windows Update on Thursday.