What's the difference between patches and service packs?
According to our IT operations systems architect Paul Gonzalez, a service pack rolls together all the patches that have come along over a given period of time, while a patch is designed to fix a specific problem.
A software company -- Microsoft for example -- might release several patches throughout the month to take care of security flaws or bugs. At the end of the month, they might release a service pack, which would include all of those patches, along with any enhancements to the software.
Dig deeper on Network Security Best Practices and Products
Related Q&A from Amy Kucharik
Learn what network latency is in this expert response.continue reading
Learn what the true definition of a download is and whether going from one Web site to another falls under this category in this Q&A with Amy ...continue reading
Learn about Multiprotocol Label Switching in this Q&A with Amy Kucharik.continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.