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Report: No Service Pack 2 for Windows 7

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As Microsoft gears up for Friday's Windows 8 launch, it's whisperings about Windows 7 that have caught our attention. According to the latest rumors, Microsoft isn't planning to release a second service pack for Windows 7.

The Register cites sources close to Microsoft's sustained engineering team that say there are no plans a Windows 7 SP2, something people have been waiting on for a few months now. Apparently, Microsoft plans to keep updating Windows 7 with patches every month until Windows 7 support comes to an end.

Microsoft hasn't yet commented on the news, so we have no way of knowing if this is a new protocol going forward and will also apply to Windows 8 or if it's just a case of Microsoft not wanting to put in the required resources for a second Service Pack when it's got both hands full with a new OS. We'll update when we know more on that front.

Windows XP was launched in 2001 and got its first service pack a year later, in 2002. SP2 followed in 2004 (along with two service pack patches, SP2a and SP2b, in 2006 and 2007). SP3 was launched in 2008, seven years after the OS first launched. Vista got two service packs, the first a year after it's 2007 launch, in February of 2008, and the second in 2009. Windows 7's first service pack was released in the summer of 2010, a year after the OS launched.

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    Inferno1217 , October 24, 2012 11:35 PM
    Looks like they are worried about Windows 8 success and want force people to upgrade to Windows 8. Big Mistake!
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    Devoteicon , October 24, 2012 11:51 PM
    It actually makes sense. Windows 7 is pretty much perfect as is. They need to devote all the time and attention to the 6 or more service packs that windows 8 will need.
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    yialanliu , October 24, 2012 11:48 PM
    Isn't a service pack just all the updates rolled together? So does it really matter?
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  • 34 Hide
    Inferno1217 , October 24, 2012 11:35 PM
    Looks like they are worried about Windows 8 success and want force people to upgrade to Windows 8. Big Mistake!
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    obsama1 , October 24, 2012 11:36 PM
    I hope there's a platform update. They should bring WDDM 1.2 and DX11.1 to 7 like when they brought DX11 to Vista.
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    heroz0r , October 24, 2012 11:37 PM
    They force us to use Windows 8...
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    cookoy , October 24, 2012 11:39 PM
    In line with the trend: nt4 - 6 sp, w2k - 4 sp, xp - 3 sp, vista - 2 sp, w7 - 1 sp. No money, no honey.
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    festerovic , October 24, 2012 11:41 PM
    heroz0rThey force us to use Windows 8...


    Negative. I will be running win 7 until there is compelling reason to upgrade. Lack of SP is not a motivator. And they already burned me with Vista, making me think I needed it to play DX10...Games are still being released in dx9 hah.
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    joytech22 , October 24, 2012 11:42 PM
    While I agree Windows 8 is alright for now and then use, everyday and productivity use people will NOT enjoy this.

    It's too unfamiliar and too big a change in such a small time frame.
    It will however be successful, even Vista was somewhat successful.
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    bystander , October 24, 2012 11:42 PM
    heroz0rThey force us to use Windows 8...

    Exactly how does the lack of a new service pack force people into Win 8? Win 7 works great on SP1 as it is.
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    ricdiculus , October 24, 2012 11:44 PM
    Damn I'm getting tired of all this MS crap!!
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    Anonymous , October 24, 2012 11:48 PM
    Interesting logic how Win8 bashers claim Win7 is perfect, yet complains when they wont release a SP2.
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    yialanliu , October 24, 2012 11:48 PM
    Isn't a service pack just all the updates rolled together? So does it really matter?
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    ricdiculus , October 24, 2012 11:51 PM
    bystanderExactly how does the lack of a new service pack force people into Win 8? Win 7 works great on SP1 as it is.

    It doesn't, yet. But I think its obvious Microsoft really, really wants everyone to embrace there new vision of personal computing, so in a few years they can finally not be bothered with having to make a desktop OS

    Thanks alot MS.
  • 34 Hide
    Devoteicon , October 24, 2012 11:51 PM
    It actually makes sense. Windows 7 is pretty much perfect as is. They need to devote all the time and attention to the 6 or more service packs that windows 8 will need.
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    fonzy , October 24, 2012 11:52 PM
    I'll use windows 7 until the end and then move on to linux or something else. I just couldn't get into windows 8.
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    chicofehr , October 24, 2012 11:53 PM
    I'm tired of downloading over a year of updates every time I install Win 7. I can't wait to update all my install disks with SP2.
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    SteelCity1981 , October 24, 2012 11:53 PM
    Windows 7 is soo good it doesn't need another service pack. :) 
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    ricdiculus , October 24, 2012 11:54 PM
    ricdiculusDamn I'm getting tired of all this MS crap!!


    Just to clairify. I'm talking about the company, not articles on Tom's.
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    heroz0r , October 24, 2012 11:54 PM
    bystanderExactly how does the lack of a new service pack force people into Win 8? Win 7 works great on SP1 as it is.


    I'm not talking exactly about the SP1, but "Apparently, Microsoft plans to keep updating Windows 7 with patches every month until Windows 7 support comes to an end."

    I'm agree with you opinion w7 sp1 works great and I will not change.
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    alextheblue , October 24, 2012 11:57 PM
    Inferno1217Looks like they are worried about Windows 8 success and want force people to upgrade to Windows 8. Big Mistake!
    They aren't dropping support, and they release patches all the time. They don't need another service pack at this point.
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    house70 , October 24, 2012 11:59 PM
    Well, it's more of a PITA to do a clean install on Win7 without a SP, because one has to re-install every update after SP1 one by one. They can add up to quite a download, you know.
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