Yesterday, we let you know about Microsoft's plan to get as many users as possible to update to Windows 10. It's a little sneaky, so if you haven't seen it already, you should check it out here for all the details.
Most of the news coming from Microsoft lately has been centered around this big push to update. However, some good news was just released for those of us who still use Windows 7, and want to keep using it in the future.
Windows 7 is still available for purchase, but installing it is now a major headache. That's because there are so many updates you have to install along with it. To get it working properly requires multiple restarts.
But Microsoft has finally released what it's calling a "Convenience Rollup" package. This is the first comprehensive service release the company has issued for Windows 7 since 2011.
The convenience rollup is actually a patch that includes updates covering the gap between 2011 and 2016 where Windows 7 users were left out. The patch is recommended, but entirely optional. And there is a downside. Right now, the patch is not being offered as part of the Windows Update service that prompts automatic updates, which means you'll need to download and install it manually.
Before you can install the convenience rollup, you'll also need to install the April 2015 servicing stack update for Windows 7. Once you've installed that update, you'll find the new rollup by clicking here.
On the other hand, if you don't want to go through the hassle of the manual update, there's always the option to update to Microsoft's newest version of Windows 10. Updating to Windows 10 is free until July 29. After that, it will cost $119. But before you update to Windows 10, click here to see 10 reasons why you might not want to.