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Windows 7 SP1 Hitting February 22 (or Feb. 16)

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 45 comments

SP1 is almost here.

If you've been itching to give your install of Windows 7 a freshening, then you'll get yours in a week's time. Microsoft last week revealed that it has handed off the release to manufacturing build of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

See the full details in the blog post below:

Today we officially handed off the final release (RTM) of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to our OEM partners. On February 16th Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 will be available for MSDN and TechNet Subscribers as well as Volume License customers. On February 22nd, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 will become generally available for folks to download via the Microsoft Download Center and available on Windows Update.

For Windows 7, SP1 will help keep your PCs well supported by delivering ongoing updates, many of which have been made previously available through Windows Update. It also includes client-side support for RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory which are two new virtualization features enabled in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

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    joytech22 , February 15, 2011 5:57 AM
    Will this even benefit us? or does it just provide all the updates for Windows 7 that we already have in a package called SP1?

    I guess if the SP is downloadable like Windows XP's, it would make it easier to instantly update my win 7 machines that haven't been on for a long time.
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    Ragnar-Kon , February 15, 2011 6:05 AM
    joytech22Will this even benefit us? or does it just provide all the updates for Windows 7 that we already have in a package called SP1?

    I've been messing with the various builds of SP1 for awhile now at work.

    For an average home-user, it doesn't seem like it'll do much (from what I can tell) and chances are you already have the vast majority of the updates it contains.

    For Server 2008 R2... it makes my inner-IT happy.
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    Benihana , February 15, 2011 6:36 AM
    Cool, I guess... I'm more excited about new things like Portal 2 to care about a bunch of normal updates compiled into one package though.
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    saaiello , February 15, 2011 8:03 AM
    Boring wake me up when Windows 8 is ready. Service packs do nothing new for the home user it just makes it easier to put all the updates together for one big update if it is even needed.
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    z06psi , February 15, 2011 9:46 AM
    They need to include RDC for premium.
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    martel80 , February 15, 2011 9:58 AM
    joytech22Will this even benefit us?
    Well, it adds proper context switching for programs using Intel AVX registers (Sandy Bridge new feature).
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    Ciuy , February 15, 2011 10:01 AM
    wtf, i already have SP1 installed . :/ 
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    tripplenipple1224 , February 15, 2011 10:28 AM
    This... I don't even..
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    Prescott_666 , February 15, 2011 11:29 AM
    For those who have Windows 7 installed and have kept it up to date, this will do little or nothing. For those who frequently install or reinstall Windows 7 this will be a time saver.
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , February 15, 2011 12:02 PM
    Service Pack updates are just Service Pack updates & whether you donwload the updates or not,it is up to you...
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    Wish I Was Wealthy , February 15, 2011 12:52 PM
    If I use the Kaspersky anti-virus & anti-spyware software,they recomend that I do not download any service packs at all...If I use PC Tools anti-spyware software,they recomend as far as what I can remember that you download all service pack updates...On the internet I do go through my experimentation phase & what I mean by that is that I let my browser down to let cookies in (on selected pc only for it's life span)& at other times I keep my browser up (on another selected pc that I will keep out cookies permanently)...I have noticed though that if you keep out cookies that it is more likely that your pc will last longer depending on the sites that you visit e.g.:-porn,eBay & the associated popup sites will do some damage...The eBay site I have noticed at one time do something to my pc (this amd pc that I am using now,duo core only...After having it on the internet for 1 to 2 days,I recalled that when I visited eBay almost straight after this pc lost quite a lot of it's 3.2 GHz forcefullness...(Gigabyte MA74GM-S2 mainboard with a X2 260 amd athlon II x2 processor @ 3.2 GHz dual core with 2.0 mb cache & 1x1GB stick of Kingston 800MHz of ram...))...For intel users those amd motherboard specs are similar to an intel G31 chipset...This pc has got an OEM xp pro sp3 opoerating system disc on it & when it gets too bad I will just reformat this HDD & reinstall the operating system...I have got a retail boxed windows 7 pro on a pc,but it is not used much & with no updates being downloaded at all onto it...
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    noblerabbit , February 15, 2011 1:17 PM
    Computer hardware loves a fresh re-install of Windows, and what a better time, than coupled with the SP1 download. Thanks Microsoft. My laptop will be revived with an SSD + Win 7 SP1.
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    noblerabbit , February 15, 2011 1:18 PM
    Oh and by the way, IE9 ***** rocks! Speed demon. IE8 was slow as molasses.
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    Anonymous , February 15, 2011 1:19 PM
    you're rambling
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    cronik93 , February 15, 2011 1:28 PM
    I just hope there isn't compatibility issues with older games and a Genuine virus.

    I couldn't play cod2 after I installed Vista SP1...
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    verbalizer , February 15, 2011 1:44 PM
    is windows 8 here yet.?
    I do not care about this..
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    alidan , February 15, 2011 1:45 PM
    so no added functionality that they striped out of from windows xp... well ill have to have hopes for sp2
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    arges86 , February 15, 2011 1:58 PM
    allot of companies seem to wait until the first SP to get the new OS. A few that i help out were waiting for the SP to migrate to it
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    Snipergod87 , February 15, 2011 2:49 PM
    I do like having a MSDN account :) 
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    teno , February 15, 2011 2:53 PM
    For the fact the RemoteFX is part of this service pack. Allowing everyone to now stream movies and games over remote desktop using windows 7. This is a big benefit for those who enjoy slacking off at work :) 
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