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Windows 7 SP1 Released, Available for Download

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 41 comments

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It's been talked about since the very original release of Windows 7 and now it's finally here. That's right, if you've been holding off on Windows 7 until the first Service Pack, today is the day that you can finally step up.

Now available for direct download from Microsoft are Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1. You can grab it from Tom's Guide's downloads section, but if you're only updating one machine, then you are probably better off just running Windows Update.

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    Twist86 , February 22, 2011 7:03 PM
    Would be more impressed if it wasn't 90% collection of updated into 1 install. Still I have had very little issues with 7x64 so perhaps the fact its mostly a collection is a good thing.
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    Trialsking , February 22, 2011 7:03 PM
    Yay, I am reinstalling Win 7 on my new HDD today, so I can start with this.
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    Parsian , February 22, 2011 7:16 PM
    i shall install it the moment i get home
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    nomnom9608 , February 22, 2011 7:23 PM
    Had this since last month already :D 
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    jprahman , February 22, 2011 7:36 PM
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    Would be more impressed if it wasn't 90% collection of updated into 1 install. Still I have had very little issues with 7x64 so perhaps the fact its mostly a collection is a good thing.


    You do realize that this update is required in order to use AVX instructions. That's a pretty big deal.
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    Snipergod87 , February 22, 2011 7:57 PM
    Already upgraded, after reboot I BSoD'ed. But hit start windows normally to give it another try and it worked. Took awhile for it to apply 80k update operations on startup though.

    The other 3 workstations went off without a hitch. I do not like that you have to select SP1 manually though..

    The Remote FX update is nice, I can watch 480p h.264 no lag, 720p h.264 with alot of action starts slowing down, While I dont watch through video RDP, Its a nice upgrade. I wish it applied to my W7 Clients too.
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    christop , February 22, 2011 8:01 PM
    I have used the beta for a while not a huge improvement.
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    Anonymous , February 22, 2011 8:16 PM
    Im not seeing it, nor did my father computer did either.
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    osxsier , February 22, 2011 8:40 PM
    @jprahman

    Most people dont have a sandy bridge CPU yet, so its not a pretty big deal to the masses.

    I personally wont bother upgrading right now...I got almost all of those updates already.
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    tecmo34 , February 22, 2011 8:46 PM
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    Im not seeing it, nor did my father computer did either.

    Go to Microsoft Downloads & search there. In my experience it takes a week or two before hitting the automatic "Windows Updates".

    I've been running since the 16th without issues, so no issue on my part.
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    NatureTM , February 22, 2011 10:04 PM
    I hope Tom's does an analysis of the update. Even if it's mostly old updates, SP1 is still a milestone. I think most enthusiasts would still appreciate a clear assessment.

    On a side note, I wonder how long until we see the AVX extensions in applications, and how much an effect they will have. I can't imagine it making a huge difference.
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    jimmysmitty , February 22, 2011 11:46 PM
    Twist86Would be more impressed if it wasn't 90% collection of updated into 1 install. Still I have had very little issues with 7x64 so perhaps the fact its mostly a collection is a good thing.


    Every Service Pack is mostly that. In fact its normally SP2 that adds a few more new things. But still this will include some reliability upgrades and one guy at work said it cut a few seconds off of his boot time so maybe it will help a bit.

    I am downloading it right now, its only 88.7MB on Windows Updates. But then again I install every update the day its out.
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    Anonymous , February 22, 2011 11:56 PM
    Is this a beta or the full thing?
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    Zeh , February 22, 2011 11:56 PM
    jprahmanYou do realize that this update is required in order to use AVX instructions. That's a pretty big deal.


    Would you mind explaining why is that a big deal? Like, what does it help?
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    extremepcs , February 23, 2011 12:02 AM
    More of an improvement for Server 2008 R2 with the Hyper-V improvements. Now it's closer to what VMWare has supported for a long time :) 
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    applegetsmelaid , February 23, 2011 12:22 AM
    Service Pack releases aren't as exciting as they used to be. During the XP era and before they would actually present a noticeable difference in functionality. I remember when technicians would bad mouth XP SP2 and now they look back and realize that it wasn't so bad after all ;)  Hooray for progress I suppose.
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    Anonymous , February 23, 2011 12:35 AM
    Tried to update my 64 bit system today. Downloaded and failed. I think I'll wait a few more days.
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    nukemaster , February 23, 2011 1:16 AM
    herbstooTried to update my 64 bit system today. Downloaded and failed. I think I'll wait a few more days.

    Failed, tried again. tells you to restart to finish, freeze restarting. hit reset(had to look for the button. never used it on that computer) and it finished it self. so i guess its all good.
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    jprahman , February 23, 2011 1:26 AM
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    Would you mind explaining why is that a big deal? Like, what does it help?


    Well AVX is a new instruction set that Sandy Bridge processors support as well as the upcoming Bulldozer CPUs. Basically AVX lets you perform as many as 8 floating point mathematical operations per instruction, which can give some pretty significant speed improvements to programs that use AVX. However, programs must be specially programmed to use it and even then only certain types of problems like audio, video and photo processing, CAD, 3D games, and other math intensive programs can.

    Currently few programs support AVX, but part of that is because before this service pack came out AVX couldn't be used because the Windows 7 didn't correctly save the CPU state when switching between threads.
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    digitalexplosives , February 23, 2011 1:55 AM
    tecmo34Go to Microsoft Downloads & search there. In my experience it takes a week or two before hitting the automatic "Windows Updates".I've been running since the 16th without issues, so no issue on my part.


    When it's released it's available straight away on Windows Update (not ticked by default), 64bit is about 850mb via windows update or 927mb via download from Microsoft Download Centre.
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