Microsoft publishes more details on the Windows 7 “almost SP2” update
A few days ago, Microsoft released details on the “convenience rollup” update collection for Windows 7, Microsoft delved deeper into what the update contained in a blog post today. Microsoft released a one-time “convenience rollup” for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1. The convenience rollup is a cumulative update back to SP1 and up to April 2016.
- To help customers “catch up” with available updates, including hotfixes, many of which are not available through any other means except direct download from KB articles, one-by-one.
- To help customers get consistent code levels with Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 operating systems, both of which are in “extended” support until January 14, 2020.
- To help customers get the most consistent experience with the Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 family of operating systems as they evaluate the next platform.
- In the event diagnostic efforts are needed in current production environments, there is less chance that an available update needs to be applied before analysis and/or remediation can begin. The goal is to reduce time-to-resolution for diagnostic or analysis efforts, and helping to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO).
- To ensure that Windows 7 SP1 / Windows 2008 R2 SP1 computers have the same updates used by Microsoft servicing team when testing
- Most of the servicing fixes that were released after the release of SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
- Most “hotfixes” released since SP1.
- Updates to “core” .NET components only (no updates to .NET versions that were not released with Windows 7 and/or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 at the time of SP1)
- Updates for Windows client, Windows server, and most components of each.