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Report: Windows 7 SP1 Coming Summer/Fall 2010

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 53 comments

It's like a summer blockbuster. Sorta.

Despite being officially on sale for less than two weeks, Windows 7's been done for months now. And those same Windows developers has been working on the next evolution of the OS. Yes, there will be a Windows 8, but before that there needs to be maintenance for all the current Windows users.

While Microsoft hasn't said anything yet about the first Service Pack for Windows 7, it's an inevitability. Russian site Wzor has information that points to the first beta of Windows 7 SP1 hitting around January 2010. Allegedly, the release schedule for SP1 will include two betas and two release candidates.

According to Neowin, Wzor believes that OEMs will have SP1 during the summer months and end users will be able to install it in the fall.

The first service pack for any Windows OS is significant as that's when many IT departments and some users choose to take the plunge. This blog on InformationWeek urges those who want a new Windows to consider jumping sooner rather than later. Would you agree?

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    jonpaul37 , November 3, 2009 4:48 PM
    Windows 7 really doesn't need SP1 to get people to cross-over, they did that with the release canidate, i'm running it right now, it's good until August 2010 AND i have a copy of WIN 7 Ultimate 64 bit. I have loved it ever since i installed it clean over my XP 64-bit setup.

    Win 7 is for real
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    the_one111 , November 3, 2009 4:45 PM
    Awesome!
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    pbrigido , November 3, 2009 4:46 PM
    This really can't come as a surprise to anyone. Microsoft typically releases SPs within a year of the release of a new OS.

    For now, I'll just enjoy the hell out of my Win7.
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    jacobdrj , November 3, 2009 4:46 PM
    Would the reinitialize features they removed from the beta?
    Will it make Crysis play better?
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    505090 , November 3, 2009 4:47 PM
    every generation of windows the first sp comes out sooner, it's going to start being a lot less significant than it was.
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    jonpaul37 , November 3, 2009 4:48 PM
    Windows 7 really doesn't need SP1 to get people to cross-over, they did that with the release canidate, i'm running it right now, it's good until August 2010 AND i have a copy of WIN 7 Ultimate 64 bit. I have loved it ever since i installed it clean over my XP 64-bit setup.

    Win 7 is for real
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    ssalim , November 3, 2009 5:02 PM
    So soon?
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    cyberkuberiah , November 3, 2009 5:02 PM
    i rather wonder what directx 12 would bring to the table , as history is shown both cpus and gpus that feature set is more important than clock speed in progress .
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    precariousgray , November 3, 2009 5:12 PM
    I wonder if I'll be able to disable taskbar thumbnails in SP1. Probably not.
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    jellico , November 3, 2009 5:13 PM
    "Yes, there will be a Windows 8..."

    File that one under NO DUH! Seriously, is there any doubt that there will be many iterations of Windows yet to come? As Hawkeye Pierce once said in an episode of MASH, "You needn't state the incredibly obvious; the merely obvious will suffice."
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    Anonymous , November 3, 2009 5:14 PM
    Wait a sec... I thought: Win 7 = Vista SP4 ???
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    jdamon113 , November 3, 2009 5:28 PM
    I have win 7 and it plays crysis great. but I also have a kick but system.
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    Camikazi , November 3, 2009 5:31 PM
    precariousgrayI wonder if I'll be able to disable taskbar thumbnails in SP1. Probably not.

    If you mean the big button with no text, you can, right-click taskbar, goto properties, check use small icons and put taskbar buttons to never combine. Now you have text and normal icons like in XP. I'm pretty sure you can turn off any Aero feature in Windows 7, just need to look around to find out how.
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    Anonymous , November 3, 2009 5:36 PM
    Now that was hyper fast!

    Never seen MS release a service pack that fast.
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    jacobdrj , November 3, 2009 5:39 PM
    Are you counting the Release Client time?
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    techguy378 , November 3, 2009 5:41 PM
    Like Windows 7 really needs a service pack. Seriously, Windows 7 is less buggy than any previous version of Windows ever released. Why not just call it a security rollup package like Microsoft did with Windows 2000 Service Pack 5.
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    hakesterman , November 3, 2009 5:43 PM
    This is total speculation by the Communist party.......................
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    Drag0nR1der , November 3, 2009 5:45 PM
    Well, 7-8 months sounds about right to find those issues which escaped beta (as happens with all software, you can only test so much) and as said above, at least there's no deal breakers requiring this pack in win7 (such as cocking up transfer & network speeds, my only real serious complaint about vista). But then, lets face it a lot of the bugs got worked out with vista so win 7 was bound to be less troublesome.
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    Drag0nR1der , November 3, 2009 5:49 PM
    precariousgrayI wonder if I'll be able to disable taskbar thumbnails in SP1. Probably not.


    Just right click on taskbar, go to taskbar options and uncheck the 'use aeropeek' then restart. No aeropeek, no pop-up thumbnails... but much less functionality... why would you want to do this again? There is enough of a delay on the pop-up to mean you wont see them if you click on the icon within a reasonable time.
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    agentjon , November 3, 2009 5:55 PM
    All I want is a Windows Classic theme.
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