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Windows 7: Simplifying updates for Windows 7 and 8.1

17 May 2016   #1
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 
Simplifying updates for Windows 7 and 8.1

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While we’ve spent a lot of time over the past year talking about Windows 10 (including new roadmap details), we know that organizations are still working with Windows 7 too, regularly updating their Windows 7 SP1 images to include the latest updates, app versions, and more. For those that are involved in that process, you’ve probably seen a display like this too many times:



New Windows 7 SP1 convenience rollup makes image creation much faster

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 Microsoft Update Catalog, 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/...(v=ws.10).aspx for the details of how to do this.

This convenience update is completely optional; it doesn’t have to be installed and won’t even be offered via Windows Update – you can choose whether or not you want to use it.

We hope that you find this convenience rollup package useful. This same convenience rollup also applies to Windows Server 2008 R2.

Monthly Rollups

Also today we are announcing that non-security updates for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 (as well as Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2) will be available as a monthly rollup (fixes rolled up together into a single update). Each month, we will release a single update containing all of the non-security fixes for that month. We are making this change – shifting to rollup updates, to improve the reliability and quality of our updates.

These fixes will be available through Windows Update, WSUS, and SCCM as well as the Microsoft Update catalog. We hope this monthly rollup update simplifies your process of keeping Windows 7, and 8.1 up-to-date.

Simplifying finding and downloading updates

Updates have historically been published on the Microsoft Download Center and the Microsoft Update Catalog. Security Bulletins have linked directly to update packages on the Microsoft Download Center. To simplify this, within the next few months Windows updates will no longer be available from the Microsoft Download Center. Security bulletins will continue to link directly to the updates, but will point to the packages on the Microsoft Update Catalog instead of the Microsoft Download Center. 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.

For those who aren’t familiar with the Microsoft Update Catalog website, note that it still requires using Internet Explorer at this point because of an ActiveX control used. Later this summer, we will be updating the site to eliminate the ActiveX control in order to support other browsers.

As always, all updates will still be available via WSUS, SCCM, and Windows Update – this change is only for manual downloads.


Source: Simplifying updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 | Windows for IT Pros


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17 May 2016   #2
alphaniner

Windows 7 Professional x64, Arch Linux
 
 

Thanks for the heads up!
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17 May 2016   #3
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Very handy addition. I wonder if this will include all updates? There are some it would be nice to avoid (GWX for example).
Also, it's good to hear MS will be getting rid of the ActiveX control for the site. Will be much easier for people using other browsers to access the catalog.
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17 May 2016   #4
FerchogtX

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit Build 7600 / Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3
 
 

Hey! They finally remembered there are other browsers besides IE!
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I'm confused XD
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17 May 2016   #5
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by FerchogtX View Post
Hey! They finally remembered there are other browsers besides IE!
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I'm confused XD
It's about time they updated the UI of that site too, has it had an update since XP was released?
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17 May 2016   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

lol yea if anyone comes up with a clean all versions sp2 installer let me know
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17 May 2016   #7
cascade123

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Finally, MS is paying attention to Windows 7!

But I will hold off installing the "convenience rollup" for a few days. Just in case there are any bad updates in it such as GWX.
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17 May 2016   #8
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

Just installed in a VM. No GWX Woohoo!
Just doing a check for updates (might take a while) to see what it omits.

EDIT:

"Monthly Rollups

Also today we are announcing that non-security updates for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1 (as well as Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2) will be available as a monthly rollup (fixes rolled up together into a single update). Each month, we will release a single update containing all of the non-security fixes for that month. We are making this change – shifting to rollup updates, to improve the reliability and quality of our updates.

These fixes will be available through Windows Update, WSUS, and SCCM as well as the Microsoft Update catalog. We hope this monthly rollup update simplifies your process of keeping Windows 7, and 8.1 up-to-date."

I'm wondering if this means users will no longer be able to skip certain recommended or optional updates from being installed?

Another EDIT:

Here's what Windows Update picked up after installation:

Attachment 386804

Odd that it still misses a few security updates, I would have thought all of these would have been installed.
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17 May 2016   #9
Painter

W7Pro/64
 
 

"...We are making this change – shifting to rollup updates, to improve the reliability and quality of our updates."

How does rolling them up improve the reliability and quality of the updates?
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17 May 2016   #10
Brds7t7

Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit, Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit, Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit
 
 

It's already showing an update rollup for this month in my VM:

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