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The rollup tool, namely Service Pack 2 for Windows 7, installs all previously released updates for these systems at once.

So, if you missed some updates, or just installed the OS, and now you have to bother with installing all these updates, this tool will get you covered.

The convenience rollup update contains all the patches from February 22, 2011 (the release date of Windows 7 Service Pack 1), to 12 April 2016.

When you download the tool, it will install all previous updates for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, so you don’t have to install them one by one.

Once you apply the tool to your system, only future updates will be required, as all existing update packages will already be installed.

This update pack serves as a Service Pack 2 for Windows 7. It contains almost all previously released non-security updates for the system, released after Windows 7 SP1. The update is dubbed as KB3020369.

You can check out the latest updates for Windows 7 from our constantly updated table:

KB numberRelease dateNotes
KB4530692December 10, 2019Security-only update
KB4530734December 10, 2019Monthly Rollup
KB4525251November 19, 2019Preview of Monthly Rollup
KB4525233November 12, 2019Security-only update
KB4525235November 12, 2019Monthly Rollup
KB4519972October 15, 2019Preview of Monthly Rollup
KB4520003October 8, 2019Security-only update
KB4519976October 8, 2019Monthly Rollup
KB4524157October 3, 2019Monthly Rollup
KB4516048September 24, 2019Preview of Monthly Rollup
KB4516048September 24, 2019Preview of Monthly Rollup
KB4516033September 10, 2019Security-only update
KB4516065September 10, 2019Monthly Rollup
KB4512514August 17, 2019Preview of Monthly Rollup
KB4512486August 13, 2019Security-only update
KB4512506August 13, 2019Monthly Rollup
KB4507437July 16, 2019Preview of Monthly Rollup
KB4507456July 9, 2019Security-only update
KB4507449July 9, 2019Monthly Rollup
KB4503277June 20, 2019Preview of Monthly Rollup
KB4503269June 11, 2019Security-only update
KB4503292June 11, 2019Monthly Rollup
KB4499178May 23, 2019Preview of Monthly Rollup
KB4499175May 14, 2019Security-only update
KB4499164May 14, 2019Monthly Rollup
KB4493453April 25, 2019Preview of Monthly Rollup
KB4493448April 9, 2019Security-only update
KB4493472April 9, 2019Monthly Rollup
KB4489892March 19, 2019Preview of Monthly Rollup
KB4489885March 12, 2019Security-only update
KB4489878March 12, 2019Monthly Rollup
KB4486565February 19, 2019Preview of Monthly Rollup
KB4486564February 12, 2019Security-only update

Here’s what Microsoft said on releasing the rollup package for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1:

“This convenience rollup package, available to download from Microsoft 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 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.”

What is Windows monthly quality rollup?

Besides showing us this ‘convenience rollup tool,’ Microsoft also introduced the idea of monthly rollups.

Monthly rollups are released at the end of each month, and it will contain all non-security updates for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 released during that month.

Monthly rollups are offered to users through Windows Update, WSUS, SCCM, and Windows Update Catalog.

What is the latest Windows 7 update? Find out from our handy article!

Another way of forcing people to upgrade to Windows 10?

We’ve come to the point where every Microsoftaction related to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 is recognized as another attempt to force people to upgrade to Windows 10.

While it’s not necessarily have to be true in this case, there are some facts that point out to the opposite.

With the convenience rollup tool, Microsoft will install absolutely every previously released update to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, including updates that are designed to push to Windows 10 upgrade!

As users have no control over which updates are installed, and they have to install everything, avoiding these updates is impossible.

We’re sure this wasn’t Microsoft’s primary goal when releasing KB3020369, as the main purpose is to deliver missed updates and save people’s time and effort.

On the other hand, Microsoft is aware that the new tool installs Windows 10-related updates, and it surely doesn’t mind that.

Also, Microsoft will end the extended support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020, so it really does seem that the company is somehow forcing people to upgrade to Windows 10.

What do you think, is the new rollup tool just a way for people to keep their systems updated, or another Microsoft’s well-camouflaged effort to force people to upgrade to Windows 10? Tell us in the comments.

Download Windows 7 convenience rollup tool here:

Windows 7 End of Support

Important Note: Microsoft will officially end mainstream Windows 7 support on January 14, 2020. In other words, this means that your Windows 7 PC will no longer receive software and security updates. Your device will function normally, but the risk of getting infected with malware increases exponentially. However, if you still want to use Windows 7 after January 2020, open this guide to learn how you can keep using the OS indefinitely.

On the other hand, business users running Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Pro can benefit from Extended Security Updates  until January 2023.  If you want to learn more about Windows 7’s ESU, you can check out this in-depth guide.

Editor’s Note: If you’re interested in other posts on Windows 7, check out our wide collection of guides.

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Just to add if you get stuck with the “looking for updates…” lasting to eternity issue
Start Run cmd (don’t press return) once it appears right click and select Run as Administrator
then type NET STOP WUAUSERV return

then run the KB3125574

magic Thanks to some superstar on the superuser forum