Windows 7 reigned supreme as Microsoft’s premier computer Operating System for a good few years before it was succeeded by Windows 8. Since that is the case, when a Windows user installs Windows 7 on a computer from scratch in today’s day and age, they have the painstaking task of downloading and installing years’ worth of updates for Windows 7, with the computer constantly rebooting, ahead of them.
Over the years, Microsoft has released hundreds of updates for Windows 7, almost all of which are extremely important, which is why it is crucial for any user who installs Windows 7 Service Pack 1 from scratch on a computer to download and install each of these updates. Thankfully, Microsoft understands just how time consuming and tedious a task downloading all available updates for a fresh installation of Windows 7 can be, which is why the tech giant has released the “Windows 7 SP1 Convenience Rollup”.
The Convenience Rollup allows Windows 7 users to, with the download and installation of only one update package install every single update released for Windows 7 between February 2011 and the 16th of May, 2016. The Rollup essentially functions as Windows 7 Service Pack 2.
Unfortunately, Microsoft has not made the Convenience Rollup available through Windows Update, meaning that any user who installs Windows 7 on a computer will have to go out of their way to download and install the Convenience Rollup. If a user does not opt for the Convenience Rollup, the only alternative for them is to allow Windows Update to download and install all available updates one by one – an aggravatingly slow process.
If you want to install the Convenience Rollup, you are first going to have to make sure that you have Windows 7 Service Pack 1 installed as the Rollup can only be installed on computers running on Windows 7 Service Pack 1. Once that’s out of the way, you can move on to actually downloading and installing the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Convenience Rollup.
Step 1: Find out whether you are using a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 7
- Open the Start Menu.
- Right-click on Computer, and click on Properties in the resulting context menu.
- See whether the System type: field under System says 32-bit Operating System or 64-bit Operating System.
Step 2: Download and install the April 2015 “Servicing Stack” update
In April 2015, Microsoft rolled out a “Servicing Stack” update for the Windows 7 Operating System. For reasons not yet revealed by Microsoft, you have to download and install this update before you can actually install the Convenience Rollup.
- Click here to be taken to the official download page of the April 2015 Servicing Stack update, and scroll down to Method 2: Microsoft Download Center.
- If you are using a 32-bit version of Windows 7, click on Download the package now in front of All supported x86-based versions of Windows 7. If you are using a 64-bit version of Windows 7, click on Download the package now in front of All supported x64-based versions of Windows 7.
- On the next page, click on the “Download” link to initiate the download.
- Wait for the update package to be downloaded.
- Once the update package has been successfully downloaded, navigate to the location it was downloaded to, double-click on the downloaded file to run it and go through the wizard to install the update.
Step 3: Download and install the Convenience Rollup
- Click here to download the 32-bit version of the Convenience Rollup, or here to download the 64-bit version of the Convenience Rollup.
- Wait for the Convenience Rollup package to be downloaded.
- Once the file has been downloaded, navigate to where you saved the file, locate it and double-click on it to run it.
- Go through the wizard to install the Convenience Rollup on your computer, and with it the majority of the updates ever rolled out for the Windows 7 Operating System.
Note: As stated before, the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Convenience Rollup only consists of the updates for Windows 7 released between February 2011 and the 16th of May, 2016. Microsoft has released a few updates for Windows 7 computers after the 16th of May, 2016, and you are going to have to manually install these updates through Windows Update after you have installed the Convenience Rollup. Microsoft has also promised a single large update for Windows 7 computers with bug fixes and stability improvements every month, as well as a few updates for security problems and patch deployments every now and then, so be on the lookout and check for updates in Windows Update often.