Service Pack 2 for Windows 7? Microsoft releases KB3020369 ‘convenience rollup’ update

Ivan Jenic By: Ivan Jenic
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Microsoft just presented the new rolloup tool for Windows 7, that will install all previously released updates for these systems at once. So, if you missed some update, or just installed the system, and now you have to bother with installing all these updates, this tool will get you covered.

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.

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

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“This convenience rollup package, available to download from http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=3125574, 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/library/dd744559(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.”

Besides showing us this ‘convenience rollup tool,’ Microsoft also introduced the idea of monthly rollups. Monthly rolloup will be released at the end of each month, an it will contain all non-security updates for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 released during that month. Monthly rollups will be offered to users through Windows Update, WSUS, SCCM, and Windows Update Catalog.

Another way of forcing people to upgrade to Windows 10?

We’ve came to the point where every Microsoft’s action related to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 is recognized as another attempt to force people to upgrade to Windows 10. While it doesn’t 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.

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We’re sure this wasn’t Microsoft’s primary goal when releasing KB3020369, as it’s 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 it.

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.

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