What Is Convenience Rollup Update and How to Install It in Windows 7

What is Convenience Rollup Update and How to Install It In Windows 7

At this point Windows 7 is a nearly seven-year-old operating system, and Service Pack 1 was released way back in 2011. Up till now, whenever you installed Windows 7, you had to go through an extensive list of security and non-security Windows updates and install them with multiple reboots in your way. Obviously, this is not a fun task for the majority of Windows users. To simplify things Microsoft released the “Windows 7 SP 1 Convenience Rollup” update which enables you to download and install all the Windows updates in one go. Here is how to do it.

If you’ve used Windows for any length of time, you might be familiar with the “Service Packs.” Generally, service packs are nothing but a collection of all the enhancements, updates and fixes over a period of time. Convenience Rollup update is just like that but is being offered as a separate package which includes all the security and non-security updates and fixes from February 2011 to May 2016.

Even though the actual installation procedure is nothing hard, it is convoluted as the update isn’t being distributed through the Windows update. Instead, you need to download it from Microsoft Update Catalog.

To start, make sure that you are on Windows 7 Service Pack 1. If you are not sure whether you are on SP1 or not, simply press “Win + R,” type winver and press the Enter button.

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This will open the “About Windows” window. Here you will find your current service pack next to the build number.

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The next thing you need to do is install the April 2015 Servicing Stack update. Head over to the official website, download the update according to your system architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) and install it like any other software.

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Now you are ready to install the Convenience Rollup update. Since the update is being delivered via Microsoft Update Catalog, you need to fire up your Internet Explorer browser to visit the site, as this website doesn’t work with any other browser.

If this is your first time using this website, you will be prompted to install an ActiveX plugin in order to use it. Just click on the “Install” button to continue. You might be prompted for the admin rights; just click on the “Yes”  button appearing on the UAC dialog box.

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After installing the ActiveX plugin, the website will show you the Rollup update for Windows 32-bit, 64-bit, and Windows Server 2008 64-bit system.

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Depending on your system architecture, click on the “Add” button next to your download package.

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As soon as you click the Add button, the update package will be added to the download basket. Simply click on the link “View Basket” to continue.

Here on this page click on the “Download” button appearing on the top-right side.

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The above action will open the Download Dialog window. Here, click on the “Browse” button.

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Now, select a location to save the downloaded file to on your hard disk. In my case I’ve selected my Desktop as the save location.

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Once you are done selecting the save location, click on the “Continue” button appearing at the bottom of the window.

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With the above action, the download will start, and once downloaded, install it like any other Windows software.

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However, before starting the installation procedure, make sure that you’ve saved all your work, as it might take some time to install all the updates, and you might also need to reboot your system.

Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences regarding the new Convenience Rollup Update.

9 comments

  1. Does the Windows 7 convenience roll up update also automatically include the Windows 10 upgrade?
    I do not want to “update” my Windows 7 to 10 without my requesting Windows 10.
    Microsoft does some sleazy things to get rid of Windows 7 users.

  2. Please check the link you have mentioned as update in the article, its not the exact link you are mentioning, rollup update is 3125574, but the link you have mentioned is different.

    • I actually tried the link and it works perfectly fine. In fact, if you see the URL closely, you can find the KB ID 3125574.

  3. I never got it to work. Tried on 2 machines but it keep turning and turning , eventually it says “not applicable”

    • If your machine is up-to-date, this update may not be applicable to you. This updated to targeted towards users who are performing re-installs or new installs of Windows 7.

      • See reply by zul8ter. I have the same result. I think you can have different windows 7 disks with different creation date. The pack should be smart enough to update the missing ones. It does not seems to do that.

  4. The computer I tried it on has not had an update in over 9 months. It has been sitting out of service. The April 2015 Servicing Stack update wouldn’t run – just showed Checking computer for updates. Tried it twice for about 15 minutes. So I skipped that and downloaded the Convenience rollup. It too just showed Checking computer for updates. After an hour of that I quit. This was neither convenient or easy. If I had used Windows update, I’d already be done.

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