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Microsoft issues cumulative roll-up pack for Windows 7

Gregg Keizer | May 19, 2016
The bad news? Bundle of five years of fixes available only on Microsoft's Update Catalog, a hard-to-navigate site that mandates IE.

Microsoft has been beating the Windows 10 drum almost exclusively since that operating system's launch last July, virtually ignoring 10's predecessors. The cumulative roll-up, while certainly a convenience to Windows 7 users, also plays to Microsoft's pitch to upgrade to Windows 10.

Although the Get Windows 10 (GWX) app -- which Microsoft seeded to millions of PCs last year, and has repeatedly refreshed and re-issued to Windows 7 and 8.1 devices since then -- was not listed in the enormous manifest of fixes (download .csv file) included in the roll-up, Microsoft will benefit from a larger number of up-to-date Windows 7 PCs. The more machines with a current Windows 7 configuration, the more that will be able to process a Windows 10 upgrade without significant problems.

The Windows 7 roll-up can be downloaded from the Update Catalog. Again, IE6 or later is required to access the online catalog.


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