Since Windows 7 Service Pack 1 launched in the February 2011, the chore of updating Windows 7 after a clean install five years later is insanely time-consuming. Microsoft has released over 200 security updates since the maintenance update was released.
Simplified Rollup Package for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows 8.1
From now on, end users and IT administrators can conveniently update systems running Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1, instead of waiting hours to do so on a fresh install. Also, this significantly reduces the impact on users with limited metered Internet connections, while keeping systems current and secure.
We’re happy to announce today that we’re making available a new convenience rollup for Windows 7 SP1 that will help. This convenience rollup package, available to download from http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=3125574, 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. See https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744559(v=ws.10).aspx for the details of how to do this. Source
Microsoft also announced the availability of non-security rollup packages for Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, 2012 and 2012 R2. The company says this will improve the convenience and reliability of installing and deploying updates.
Clarification was finally given about the mystery, surrounding missing links to updates typically available from the Microsoft Download Center. Windows Updates will now be available through the Microsoft Update Catalog website instead.
Customers that use tools linking to the Microsoft Download Center should follow the links provided in the Security Bulletins or search directly on the Microsoft Update Catalog. Source
Accessing the Microsoft Update Catalog does require Internet Explorer, but the company expects to remove this requirement later this summer.
If you ever wondered what happened to Service Pack 2 for Windows 7, this is the closest you can get. Users can download the Windows Update Rollup Package for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 here.
Microsoft should have had something like this years ago. If you’ve done a lot of clean installs of Windows 7, you know how painful it is to wait for updates to download and install. And then having to update the updates multiple times. It takes up half your day just getting it up-to-date.
What’s your take? Are you happy to see Microsoft finally making updating Windows 7 and 8.1 incredibly easier? Leave us a comment below and share your thoughts.