Microsoft has announced that it is making Windows 7 installs easier by packaging all Service Pack 1 updates into a convenience rollup. While also improving Windows 8.1 update processes. When you install Windows 7 on a new system, you traditionally have to go through a long process of downloading years of updates and constantly rebooting. Microsoft released a Convenience Rollup Update for those who are still running Windows 7. This update is optional, Convenience Rollup Update is a collection of patches and security fixes that Microsoft has labeled as ‘recommended’. The user requires a single reboot to install all included fixes in this update.
Microsoft also announced that Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 will get monthly updates. That means a single update containing all the fixes will roll out to users monthly.
By using the roll-up, Windows 7 users can skip the tedious process of downloading and installing hundreds of individual updates via Windows Update. Or on the business side, through an IT-managed patch system like Windows Server Update Services (WSUS).
What is Convenience Rollup Update
This convenience update is completely optional. It does not have to be installed and won’t even be offered via Windows Update. You can choose whether or not you want to use it.
Download Windows 7 Convenience rollup ( Use Microsoft Internet Explorer )
Alternatively, you can download it using these direct download links:
Microsoft Posted about Convenience Rollup:
“While we’ve spent a lot of time over the past year talking about Windows 10 (including new roadmap details). We know that organizations are still working with Windows 7 too, Regularly updating their Windows 7 SP1 images to include the latest updates, app versions, and more,” Microsoft’s Nathan Mercer notes.
This convenience rollup package contains all the security and non-security fixes released since the release of Windows 7 SP1 that are suitable for general distribution, up through April 2016. Install this one update, and then you only need new updates released after April 2016. And since this update can be injected into Windows 7 SP1 media, it’s fully supported to mount a Windows 7 SP1 image (WIM file), then inject this update into it. This convenience update is completely optional, it doesn’t have to be installed and won’t even be offered via Windows Update. You can choose whether or not you want to use it.
System Requirement for Convenience Rollup Update
To apply this update, you must have installed the April 2015 servicing stack update for Windows 7 (KB3020369). For most users, it will be already installed.
The convenience rollup package includes all security patches. And almost all the non-security updates for operating system core components released after Windows 7 SP1. This package is cumulative meaning once you install it you won’t have to install updates released up to April 2016. The update is released under ID KB3125574.
For existing users who have an up-to-date Windows 7 installed on their PC. The convenience update (KB3125574) is optional. Since all the security updates contained in this update. And some optional non-security updates should already be installed on your pc via windows update.
IT administrators can also use the roll-up to modify their existing Windows 7 images to produce a more up-to-date image for deploying on new PCs. Instructions on that process can be found on microsoft site.
It is quite simple why this is an excellent addition by Microsoft. The windows 7 Service Pack 1 was launched way back February 2011. And in that time there have been hundreds of updates to Windows 7. That means a clean install of Windows 7 would see those hundreds of updates ready to be downloaded. The new convenience rollup means that frustrating and time consuming task is negated.
There is no similar rollup for Windows 8.1 unfortunately. But Microsoft is trying to make the situation better by offer non-security updates for 8.1 through monthly rollups.
“These fixes will be available through Windows Update, WSUS, and SCCM as well as the Microsoft Update catalog,” Mercer adds. “We hope this monthly rollup update simplifies your process of keeping Windows 7, and 8.1 up-to-date.”