Windows 7 and 8.1 Now Update Like Windows 10

Tina Sieber 10-10-2016

Your next Windows Update will be less complex. Starting with Patch Tuesday on October 11, Microsoft will roll its monthly Windows updates for Windows 7 and 8.1 into a single update package.


We got a taste of how rollups will work — and how they can make reinstalling Windows much easier — when Microsoft released the Convenience Rollup How to Half Your Windows 7 Installation Time with an Update If you'll ever need to reinstall Windows 7, you can now cut the setup time in half. The Windows 7 convenience rollup compiles all Windows updates and security patches since SP1. Let us explain... Read More for Windows 7 and 8.1. (Note: support for Windows 8 has expired Why to Upgrade Windows at the End of Extended Support Eventually, support for every Windows version expires, leaving PCs full of holes, entry points for malware, and opportunities for hackers. Windows 8 recently reached end of support status - we show you why and how... Read More .)

The upcoming change mimics the functionality of Windows Update in Windows 10. However, in Windows 7 and 8.1 you’ll still have the option to disable Windows Update. Moreover, there’s an option to manually install security-only updates. Let us show you how it all works.

Why Is Microsoft Redesigning Windows Update?

Windows Update How to Manage Windows Update in Windows 10 For control freaks, Windows Update is a nightmare. It works in the background, and keeps your system safe and running smoothly. We show you how it works and what you can customize. Read More has changed drastically in Windows 10. Not only did plenty of users experience forced upgrades to Windows 10 — inside Windows 10, forced updates continue. The changes coming to Windows 7 and 8.1 create a very similar situation. This is both good and bad.

On the bright side, consistent security updates and patches contribute to the overall safety of computer networks. On the other hand, Microsoft has released its share of faulty updates that caused software and hardware malfunctions, crashing, freezing, and other issues. Driver updates in Windows 10 Take Back Control Over Driver Updates in Windows 10 A bad Windows driver can ruin your day. In Windows 10, Windows Update automatically updates hardware drivers. If you suffer the consequences, let us show you how to roll back your driver and block future... Read More have been a notable culprit of limited testing and subsequent problems.

However, you could say that the overall benefits of forced updates outweigh individual setbacks.


Not only can rollups increase security, but they will also reduce fragmentation. Microsoft reports that individually combined updates have led to issues like sync and dependency errors, increased scan times, or difficulties in finding existing patches for known issues, to name a few.

The new rollup model gives you fewer updates to manage, greater predictability, and higher quality updates. The outcome increases Windows operating system reliability, by eliminating update fragmentation and providing more proactive patches for known issues. Getting and staying current will also be easier with only one rollup update required.

What Will Monthly Rollups Look Like?

In Windows 7 and 8.1, you used to have full control over Windows Update. In the past, you could choose to only install important (security) updates. You could also pick and choose exactly the updates you wished to install. This will no longer be possible.

Windows Update Important and Recommended

Starting in October, you can either install the monthly rollup that contains all “fixes rolled up together into a single update,” or you can opt out of receiving updates entirely.


From October 2016 onwards, Windows will release a single Monthly Rollup that addresses both security issues and reliability issues in a single update … Individual patches will no longer be available.

The monthly rollups will include security and reliability updates. They will not include updates for Servicing Stack and Adobe Flash.

Each monthly rollup will also be cumulative. This means that November’s rollup will include all updates from October, the December rollup will include updates from October and November, and so forth. If you already installed rollups from previous months, Windows Update will apply an express package for the current month only. This will save your bandwidth.

If you have skipped key patches in the past, Microsoft may subsequently add them to your monthly rollups. Over time, the monthly updates will fully patch your system.

What If I Only Want to Install Security Updates?

As mentioned above, disabling Windows Update will remain an option in Windows 7 and 8.1. If you wish to install only security updates, you can manually download a security-only update (essentially a rollup) from Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), System Center Configuration Manager, or the Microsoft Update Catalog (requires Internet Explorer). These solutions target Enterprise customers, but the Microsoft Update Catalog is a public repository.


Microsoft Update Catalog

At this point, we don’t know whether security-only updates will be available to Windows Home and Professional users. If they are, you may want to look into third-party software like WSUS Offline Update, which can download Windows and Office updates from Microsoft. WSUS Offline Update can package the updates into an ISO image and you can deploy them to multiple machines.

Will You Continue to Update Your Computer?

In theory, monthly rollups are more convenient. But keep in mind that they also force you to accept any privacy-compromising patches Microsoft may decide to package into a rollup. Moreover, should one of the monthly rollups include a bad update, you might have to roll back the entire update When Windows Update Fails, This Is How You Fix It Did a Windows Update crash your system? Here's a quick list of troubleshooting steps that will help you restore Windows to a functional state. Read More and leave vulnerabilities unpatched until Microsoft offers a fixed rollup.

The new Windows Update is less than ideal. It may be less complex and save some time, but we’ll lose a whole lot of control. Then again, it’s not like we have a choice. As Woody Leonhard noted, it looks like resistance is futile. Or is it?


Given these changes, how are you planning to handle Windows Update in Windows 7 and 8.1 from now on? Will you try to update manually or are you ready to install monthly rollups? Or will you just move to Windows 10 after all Missed the Free Windows 10 Upgrade? Psst, Here's a Backdoor! The upgrade to Windows 10 remains free for users who depend on assistive technologies. However, Microsoft doesn't check whether you really do. We show you how you can use this backdoor to get Windows 10. Read More ? Let’s hear your opinion in the comments!

Related topics: Computer Security, Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Update.

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  1. John Smith
    October 13, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    How many "compromises" will Americans and the world at large accept before we realize that we have just given-up toooo much?
    msn whore
    android whore
    apple whore
    How many have given our privacy and security to. As in I now have to ***buy*** an other ID to board to fly cross country. An American passport? Yeah, that will confuse terrorists. Oh wait maybe it is to make sure that I know who I am. derp.

  2. Tony
    October 11, 2016 at 7:41 am

    I have just removed Windows 10 from all 6 of my systems.
    I paid for Windows 7, 8 & 8.1 & am sick of Microsoft dictating to the paying customer what, when, where & how.
    Microsoft are not a very green company, how many computers are now scrap because Microsoft want's more money in it's greedy hands.
    Each new Windows product Microsoft brings out gives less & less functions for most of the existing systems out in the world.
    Drivers that are not available for graphics & audio card functions.
    I spent 1 hour chatting to one of their morons on 'Live Chat' last week & the end result was (Actual script from the message) :-
    Ismael S
    I would like to enlighten you on the Drivers that you are referring to. Drivers are actually provided by the Original Equipment. Windows operating system relies on the updated drivers that the OEM is giving us. We only create drivers on the softwares and applications that we develop

    Not only bad spelling but the answer is more annoying.

    MICROSOFT basically creates products that rely on OEM's to waste time & money making drivers, that currently work on systems to work on their FORCED installation of a operating system that there are no drivers available for. JUST TO KEEP MICROSOFT IN MONEY.

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Windows XP worked fine for me, Windows 7 works fine.

    I have paid thousands in buying Windows over the last few years but that is now stopping.
    Microsoft has had the last of my money & I wish LINUX was capable of running my purchased radio station software & associated software (Forget WINE it's useless).
    ALL WINDOWS UPDATES (your original question) ARE TURNED OFF as of the 10th October 2016...the rollout of the NEW MICROSOFT FORCEWARE is the 11th.
    WOW...I feel better now.
    Thanks for your info.
    Bolts Radio

    • Annoyed
      October 11, 2016 at 10:02 am

      Microsoft has achieved with Windows 10 what years of nerds have not been able to.... To move me to Linux. Tony, try VirtualBox inside Ubuntu for sdr software... And then enjoy Linux for everything else. No more windows installation for family and friends, mint or Ubuntu for the kids and the grandparents, recover old hardware that works great on Linux, forget about security issues, trojans, and a plethora of virus.