As much as the groovyPost team loves Windows 10, we realize that tens of thousands of our readers are still running Windows 7. It’s honestly not a surprise. Windows 7 is a rock solid operating system with security updates provided by Microsoft until Jan 2020. That being said, Microsoft released Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 more than five years ago. Since then, users performing a Windows 7 install or reinstall are faced with the chore of downloading more than a GB of updates. This is especially frustrating if you are stuck with old Windows 7 OEM Media as you will first need to install Service Pack 1 followed by an extensive list of post SP1 updates. Ick. It’s a ridiculous task and can result in an unstable system due to the sheer number of updates to both Windows Apps and Hardware updates and drivers.
Five years later, Microsoft has provided some convenience for Windows 7 SP1 users with a rollup update. The roll-up contains a collection of all updates for Windows 7 since Service Pack 1 was released in February 2011. In this article, we take a look at downloading and installing the Rollup.
How to Download and Install the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Rollup Update
To start the install of the Rollup on your computer needs to be running Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 already. To confirm if your system already has Service Pack 1 installed, click Start > right click Computer > click Properties > look under Windows edition. If you don’t have Service Pack, 1 established, review instructions here.
Once you have confirmed Service Pack 1 is installed, launch Internet Explorer, load the Windows Update Catalog page, then click Install if prompted. The Windows Update Catalog does not work in Microsoft Edge or alternative web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.
Search for 3125574 then add the packages you would like to download. The Rollup Update is available for Windows 7 32 and 64 bit and Windows Server 2008 R2. Click the view basket link at the top to review the selected downloads.
Click the Download button to begin.
Choose where you would like to save them.
Wait until the download completes.
Before you can install the Windows 7 Rollup Update, you need to have one prerequisite update (KB3020369) installed. Please make sure you download and install the correct update for your architecture of Windows 7, 32 or 64 bit.
Install Windows 7 Roll Update
Double click the KB3125574 package to begin the installation.
Wait while the Rollup Update installs.
Restart when complete. That’s it, all previous updates from February 2011 to April 2016 are installed. Interestingly, the Rollup does not install the latest version of Internet Explorer. Check out our previous article for instructions how to do so.
Windows 7 is still in extensive use worldwide. Even though it has taken a long time for Microsoft to deliver; it is a lovely parting gift for users still dependent on the most popular version of Windows to date. For users who still need to test applications on Windows 7 or perform fresh installs regularly, it is convenient and works as intended.
For those of you who are still running Windows 7, be sure to check out our extensive collection of Tips and Tutorials for Windows 7. We wrote about Windows 7 for several years and had one of the most extensive collections on the internet.