Fresh install of Windows 7: how to get SP1 quickly?

I am doing a fesh install of Win 7 from a pre-SP1 DVD.

The last time I did this, Windows update dowloaded and installed literally hundreds of patches before and after SP1, taking hours.

How can skip to SP1 and avoide downloading all of those unnecessary patches?

I am installing to SSD, so in additional to saving time, I also want to minize space

Thank you.
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  1. here's a download page for windows 7 sp1 and other updates
    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5842
    also read:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2505743
    the download link has links to .iso image and other updates. read the kb article too. excerpt:
    Step 3: Visit Windows Update and Install Windows Updates KB2454826, KB2534366, or KB2533552 if offered
    Run Windows Update and if you are offered the option to install update KB2454826, KB2534366, or KB2533552, install them. If you install the service pack from the Microsoft Download Center and do not install these updates, you could encounter a Stop error in Windows in rare cases.

    These updates will automatically be installed when you install the service pack by using Windows Update. However, these updates are not automatically installed when you install the service pack from the Microsoft Download Center.
  2. If you can borrow a sp1 dvd, you could use that to install, and activate with your own activation code.

    But, Installing to a ssd will be much quicker. So much so that I would not bother to do anything special unless you have a very slow download capability.
  3. How about downloading Win7 DVD image from Microsoft? I heard you can do that.
  4. de5_Roy said:
    the download link has links to .iso image and other updates.


    .iso image of SP1 alone or Win7 with SP1 already integrated?
  5. only sp1, the first link is to the .iso image.
    to use sp1 and win7 together, you'll need to slipstream sp1. check hawkeye22's link for that.
  6. Check out the links under "Windows 7 ISO Download links" on this page:

    http://www.overclock.net/t/1156654/seans-windows-7-install-optimization-guide-for-ssds-hdds

    Is this legit?
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