Install All Post-SP1 Updates Offline in Windows 7 Using Convenience Rollup Package
Here is a great news for all Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 users! Microsoft has released "Convenience Rollup" package for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 operating systems which contains almost all updates and hotfixes which have been released after the release of SP1 (Service Pack 1) for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2.
Previously whenever you performed a clean install of Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 operating system, you first had to install SP1 and then you needed to download and install all post-SP1 updates via Windows Update program. There are more than 100 updates and hotfixes which have been released for these OS after the release of SP1. So it takes lots of time and Internet bandwidth in downloading and installing those updates.
Many Windows 7 users also face problems in downloading updates via Windows Update as it always keeps showing checking for updates message for hours and does nothing.
Having a single rollup package containing all post-SP1 updates will become a boon for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 users. Now you'll no longer need to download those hundreds of updates again and again in every fresh installation of these OS and no need to wait for the download completion. You just need to download the rollup package once and then you can install all updates offline without any need of Internet connection each time you perform clean installation of Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2.
Microsoft has named this updates rollup package as "Convenience Rollup (KB3125574)" and it includes almost all post-SP1 updates through April 2016. After installing this rollup package, you'll only need to install future updates released after April 2016 if available. Remember this rollup package is completely optional and it will not be offered via Windows Update. So its up to you whether you want to download and install it or not.
Since Microsoft has already announced that there will be no more service packs for Windows OS, you can consider this convenience rollup package as SP2 (Service Pack 2) for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 operating systems.
If you want to download Convenience rollup package, you can download it from following link:
Please note that the above mentioned update catalog page can only be accessed using Internet Explorer 6.0 or later web browser as the webpage uses ActiveX components. Other web browsers will not be able to open the download page properly.
How to Download Convenience Rollup Package?
If you get confused by the look and functionality of update catalog page and can't understand how to download the rollup package from that page, following simple steps will help you in downloading the pack without any problems:
1. First of all open the above mentioned page in Internet Explorer 6.0 or later version.
2. Now you'll see 3 updates listed on the page:
- Update for Windows 7
- Update for Windows Server 2008 R2
- Update for Windows 7 for x64-based systems
If you are using Windows 7 32-bit (x86) edition, you need the first update. If you are using Windows Server 2008 R2, you need the second update obviously. If you are using Windows 7 64-bit (x64) edition, you need the third update which is marked for x64-based systems.
NOTE: The rollup updates for Windows 7 64-bit (x64) and Server 2008 R2 are identical i.e. both files are same. So if you want to download rollup package for both Windows 7 64-bit and Server 2008 R2, download any of the 2 rollup packages and then you can install that package in both the OS.
You can get information about the installed Windows edition in your computer using System Properties window which can be accessed by right-clicking on Computer icon on Desktop and selecting "Properties" option.
Once you have decided which update you need to download, click on the Add button given after the update name. It'll add that update in download basket. If you want, you can add more than one update in download basket.
3. Now click on "View Basket" link and then click on "Download" button.
It'll open a new window asking for the location to save the package file. Select desired folder using Browse button to save the file and then click on Continue button.
That's it. It'll immediately start downloading the rollup package file and once the download finishes, you'll get the full rollup package's .MSU file in the selected folder.
Direct Download Links of Convenience Rollup Package
For your convenience, we are also sharing the direct download links of this convenience rollup package so you don't have to go through the update catalog page in IE browser:
File size of 32-bit rollup package is 316 MB and 64-bit rollup is 477 MB.
After downloading the rollup pack you are good to install it.
Prerequisites and How to Install Convenience Rollup Package?
After downloading the Convenience rollup package, you can install it in any Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 system but there are some important points to keep in mind:
1. Since this rollup package contains post-SP1 updates, your computer must have SP1 (Service Pack 1) already installed. If you don't have SP1 in your Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 system, you can download and install it from following link:
2. There is one more update which needs to be installed before installing this rollup package otherwise you'll get error messages such as 0x800736b5, etc at the installation time.
This required update is called "April 2015 Servicing Stack Update KB3020369" which must be installed in your Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 system prior to this rollup package installation. You can download the update from following links:
After installing SP1 and KB3020369 update, you are ready to install the Convenience rollup package in your Windows 7 or Server 2008 R2 system.
List of Updates Included in Convenience Rollup Package
If you are wondering which updates are included in this rollup package, we are listing all the included updates for your convenience:
Please note that some updates are not included in this convenience rollup package such as updates that require user actions, that introduce behavior changes and that don't have broad applicability. Also this rollup package doesn't include any servicing updates for Internet Explorer. You'll need to download these updates manually via Windows Update after installing this rollup package. Don't worry! There are very few updates which are not included in this rollup package and you can download and install them from Windows Update within few minutes.
PS: Interested people can slipstream/integrate this rollup package into Windows 7 setup ISO image file using 3rd party software such as 7Customizer or NTLite so that they can already have all post-SP1 updates of this rollup included in every clean installation of Windows 7.
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