Mainstream Windows support for Windows 7 was ended in 2015. Yet, it still remains the most popular operating system for desktop and laptop computers.
According to NetMarketShare’s September 2018 data, 40.88% of all PC users were still using Windows 7, compared to the 37.44% who had moved on to the latest operating system, Windows 10.
However, February 2019 statistics paint an entirely different picture. 38.41% of usage share belongs to Windows 7, while 40.30% belongs to Windows 10. In late 2018, Windows 10, overtook Windows 7 as the most popular operating system in the world.
38.41% is still a surprisingly large share when you compare it to Windows 8.1 (3.24%) and Mac OS 10’s (4.85) usage shares.
There are users out there who stoically refuse update their operating systems to the latest version, even as Windows 7’s life cycle seems to be coming to an end. Although mainstream support came to an end in 2015, extended support will only end in January 2020.
It’s not hard to see why users refuse to leave Windows 7. Windows 7 was when Microsoft got the formula perfect. It’s Microsoft’s Magnus Opus. And it ain’t broke, so why fix it?
Even though it’s an old operating system, there are some new-ish tips and tricks that are still worth knowing, writing and reading about. Although Microsoft hasn’t released an official update for Windows 7 since 2016, it’s still worth knowing how to manually update it, especially if you’ve just performed a fresh installation of Windows 7.
In this guide, we’ll go through a few ways you can manually check to update windows 7 with proper steps.
Windows 7 Update Manual Installation Steps
- Open the Windows Control Panel. To do this, click on the Start button, type ‘Control Panel’ and then select it from the list that comes up. Alternatively, you can open the run dialog (Ctrl + R) and then type control panel into the text field and then click on the OK.Once you have the Control Panel opened, click on System and Security. (Make sure you’re viewing by category and not by small or large icons). The System and Security window should then appear.
- Once the System and Security Window is open, click on Update Windows 7 from its menu.
- Next, the Windows update window will appear. In the left pane, click on Check for updates.
Windows will then connect to the internet to check for updates. After checking for updates, Windows 7 Update reports of any important or optional updates that were found.
- If Windows finds any Updates, select the link for any update that you may wish to install. Once, you do this, the Select Updates to install window will appear.
- Select the updates that you want to install and click on The Windows Update window will appear.
- Click on Install Updates. Windows will download and install the selected updates.
- Just wait for the installation to complete. You can stop the installation at any time if you change your mind. After the updates are download and installed, Windows will prompt you if a restart is required.
- If a restart is required, click on restart now. Your computer will restart and Windows completes the installation of the windows 7 update.
- Click on View update history to see a log of all the update that have been applied to your computer.If you had to restart your computer in the previous step, follow Steps 1-3 to return to this screen. The View Update History window appears, with a log file that shows the name of any updates installed, the status, importance, and date installed.
- If you’re happy with what you see from this screen, you can click on the OK button or close button. If you have any issues with the update, you may consider removing it.
How to remove a Windows 7 Update?
Sometimes the latest updates may not play nice with our computers. It happens very often. Microsoft rolling back their updates or producing new updates to fix their past updates is a relatively common occurrence. If the latest Windows 7 update is causing problems on your computer, you might consider rolling it back.
In this section of the guide, we’ll show you how to do this.
- Open The Windows Control Panel and click on Programs. The Programs window will appear.
- Under programs and features, select View installed updates. The Installed Updates window will appear in the next screen.
- Select the update you would like to uninstall and then click on uninstall.
When you select an update, the Uninstall button appears in the toolbar at the top (to the right of the Organize button). After you click Uninstall, you see the Uninstall an update dialog box appear.
- If you’re sure that you want to uninstall the update, click on the Yes Windows 7 removes the installed update from your computer.If you’d like to remove any additional updates, all you have to do is repeat steps 3 and 4 again. You can do this as many times as needed.
While 2019, may be the year that Windows 7’s popularity begins to ebb drastically, there are plenty of reasons why you’d still want to stick on it. It could be for legacy software and games. You could be running it on a virtual machine. Whatever the reason is, it’s okay not abandon it completely. Even if it’s just so you have access to ad-free solitaire and chess. We hope that you’ve found this article to be helpful. Please share it if you know some Windows 7 purists who’d also find it helpful. As always, thank you for reading.