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:
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:
- It creates consistency across Microsoft software update
- It makes it easier to search for software update packages and
their associated Microsoft Knowledge Base articles.
- It clearly identifies the language of a software update package and
the intended operating system, when applicable.
This article contains additional information about the new
standardized file-naming schema for Windows software update packages.
New Schema for Naming Windows Software Update Packages
Microsoft uses the following schema to name Windows software update
The following list provides information about each attribute in
the new naming schema.
The full product name, including the product version
information. For Windows software updates, this attribute is one of the following:
Indicates that an article exists in the Microsoft Knowledge
Base that is associated with the software update.
The ID number of the Microsoft Knowledge Base article that is
associated with the software update.
- Option (Optional attribute)
Used to differentiate software update packages that address the same
issue but are designed for different processor platforms. These options
- x86 (for 32-bit processors)
- AMD64 (for x86-64bit AMD processors)
- IA64 (for 64-bit Intel Processors)
The standard language name abbreviation that represents the
language the software update package is intended for. For example, ENU (for English),
RUS (for Russian), JPN (for Japanese).
Note The abbreviation INTL is used in cases where the software update package
applies to multiple languages. In cases where the software update package applies to all
languages, no standard language name abbreviation is used.
complete list of standard language name abbreviations, visit the following
Microsoft Web site:
Exceptions to New Naming Schema
Microsoft 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: