Microsoft releases update rollup for Windows 7 SP1

— 9:14 AM on May 18, 2016

Microsoft has released an update rollup for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 that it's calling a "convenience rollup." Service Pack 1 was released way back in February of 2011, which means we've seen more than five years of patch Tuesdays come and go since its release. Since this update roll-up includes almost all of the updates Microsoft has released since Service Pack 1 was released, it should simplify new Windows 7 installs.

Unfortunately, the convenience rollup is only available through the Microsoft Update Catalog, a legacy website that doesn’t support non-Internet Explorer browsers. Running Internet Explorer with ActiveX controls enabled is currently the only way to download the package. Microsoft has promised to update the Update Catalog site to support other browsers "later this summer."

Alongside the convenience rollup for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, Microsoft has announced that it's going to be releasing a monthly package with all of that month’s non-security updates in one download. This monthly rollup will support Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, and their server variants. These updates, as well as monthly security updates, will continue to be pushed through the normal channels—WSUS, SCCM, and Windows Update.

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