Microsoft is making easier for users to keep Windows 7 up to date with the release of the “Convenience Rollup”. If you’re still on Windows 7, you probably are familiar the way Windows Update works after a clean install: You install the operating system, and then wait hours to download and install the over 200 hundred updates that have been released since the release of the operating system.
Even though, the software giant spends a lot of time working on Windows 10, the company acknowledges that millions of computers still running the good old Windows 7. As such, to help users and organizations make the installation of updates a more straightforward process, Microsoft is now making available the “Windows 7 SP1 Convenience Rollup”.
Windows 7 SP1 Convenience Rollup
The Convenience Rollup (KB3125574) is a new package that we can refer as a cumulative update. It contains all the security and non-security fixes published since the day Microsoft released the Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 until April 2016. Everything in one update. (Let’s be clear that this is NOT the Windows 7 SP2.) However, the new package doesn’t include any updates for .NET or Internet Explorer 11.
Microsoft notes that the convenience update is not a requirement for PC running this version of the operating system. Also, in order to get the new update, you must have installed Service Pack 1 and the April 2015 servicing stack update (KB3020369) for Windows 7.
Monthly cumulative updates
In addition, moving forward Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 devices will get a single update every month containing all the non-security updates for that particular month, instead of having to download individual updates for each fix.
These new changes are being implemented to simplify and improve the reliability of updates to keep Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 more secure and up to date.
- Windows 7 SP1 Convenience Rollup (KB3125574) | Download from Microsoft
- Windows 7 SP1 Convenience Rollup x86 | Direct download
- Windows 7 SP1 & Windows 2008 R2 Convenience Rollup x64 | Direct download
- Windows 7 April 2015 servicing stack update (KB3020369) | Download from Microsoft
- Windows 7 SP1 (KB976932) | Download from Microsoft
Update, June 1, 2016: You can also create a Windows 7 ISO file integrating the Convenience Rollup update for faster installation of the operating system.