While the all-singing, all dancing Windows 10 has been grabbing the headlines and the plaudits recently, there’s still a number of us using earlier incarnations of the Microsoft operating system.
But the glitch with using Windows 7 is that the updates seem to come through thick and fast – generating a message which reads: “Please do not power off or unplug your machine. Installing update X of XX.”
Now Microsoft has decided to combine all its historic updates into what’s called a “convenience rollup” which people can download.
If you’ve been updating the system since it was released then your computer will be bang up-to-date anyway.
This just gives people an optional manual way to update – and a way to avoid those notifications which seem to always appear at the worst possible time.
Windows 7 users don’t have to download the convenience rollup, it’s very much an optional extra.
“This convenience rollup package 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,” Microsoft explained.
Before the manual updates can be started, however, Windows 7 needs to be updated with the April 2015 servicing stack.
Microsoft is also moving to monthly rollups of all non-security updates, rather than the current piecemeal offering.
The tech firm explained: “We are making this change – shifting to rollup updates, to improve the reliability and quality of our updates.”
Security updates will still be provided as and when issues are identified.
To get the April 2015 update, click here. Then you can opt to manually update with the new rollup here, providing you are using the Internet Explorer browser.