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Windows 7 SP1 Beta Now Ready for Public Testing

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 36 comments

Feeling like testing the Service Pack?

Windows 7 was the most widely beta tested operating system to date. Rather than breaking that trend, Microsoft is following the same route now with the beta versions of the first service pack.

Available today for those feeling adventurous in trying out unfinished software, Windows 7 SP1 is a collection of updates already available through Windows Update and additional hotfixes.

Also available today is the SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2, but with the SP1 comes additional features and richness to the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

Grab the download here – but remember, this is unfinished software that should not be run on primary computers or machines with valuable data on them. The final release is scheduled for the first half of 2011.

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    arl4nj0i , July 13, 2010 9:06 AM
    the final release is scheduled for the first half of 2011, sad.
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    maxiim , July 13, 2010 9:19 AM
    Whats even more sad is the fact that they are just now releasing SP1 BETA and have already announced development of Windows8 or whatever it is to be named. Does anyone else believe this is a waste of time, if there is already a new OS in development?
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    ltm , July 13, 2010 9:34 AM
    maxiimWhats even more sad is the fact that they are just now releasing SP1 BETA and have already announced development of Windows8 or whatever it is to be named. Does anyone else believe this is a waste of time, if there is already a new OS in development?


    Nope. Not everyone is going to jump ship when ever the new OS comes out and I bet some of those people would like for MS to continue supporting win7.
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    JOSHSKORN , July 13, 2010 9:41 AM
    At this point, I'm not even interested in "The Next Windows". Microsoft did good here and I'd hate to give them a chance to screw it up.
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    trandoanhung1991 , July 13, 2010 11:33 AM
    Well, look at how XP the ancient is still gonna be supported. So no worries about Windows 7 dying early. Besides, from the early slide leaks and how Windows 7 is performing so far, I'm very eager to try out Windows 8, when it comes out.
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    triplebug , July 13, 2010 11:45 AM
    Who cares, Windows XP til 2014.
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    kikireeki , July 13, 2010 12:24 PM
    One of the major fixes in this sp is the memory leak that was reportedly reported.
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    silentq , July 13, 2010 12:49 PM
    i'm actually excited for the memory leak fix
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    wotan31 , July 13, 2010 12:57 PM
    The ignorant public = Microsoft's unpaid beta testers. Sorry Microsoft, keep your crapware to yourself.
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    requiemsallure , July 13, 2010 12:58 PM
    maxiimWhats even more sad is the fact that they are just now releasing SP1 BETA and have already announced development of Windows8 or whatever it is to be named. Does anyone else believe this is a waste of time, if there is already a new OS in development?


    No, my reasoning for this centers around the fact they are releasing windows 8 kind of quickly (from what i've seen on roadmaps and what people have said) i for one would be scared to switch from 7 in fear 8 might be another vista.

    triplebugWho cares, Windows XP til 2014.


    no harm in that just as long as you know that windows 7 blows it out of the water.
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    Godfail , July 13, 2010 1:12 PM
    RequiemsallureNo, my reasoning for this centers around the fact they are releasing windows 8 kind of quickly (from what i've seen on roadmaps and what people have said) i for one would be scared to switch from 7 in fear 8 might be another vista.no harm in that just as long as you know that windows 7 blows it out of the water.


    Windows Vista 2006. Windows 7 2009. Windows 8 2012-13. Sounds about right to me.
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    Godfail , July 13, 2010 1:14 PM
    maxiimWhats even more sad is the fact that they are just now releasing SP1 BETA and have already announced development of Windows8 or whatever it is to be named. Does anyone else believe this is a waste of time, if there is already a new OS in development?


    Yeah, that would be wonderful for organizations that just deployed 10s of thousands of Windows 7 machines to no longer update and support that OS. What is wrong with you people?
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    LoneEagle , July 13, 2010 1:27 PM
    wotan31The ignorant public = Microsoft's unpaid beta testers. Sorry Microsoft, keep your crapware to yourself.

    It's just because you don't understand that having a lot of tester (also a lot of possible computer configuration) will help find bugs faster and have a better SP.

    If you don't want to help having a better Windows, just ignore it.
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    gogogadgetliver , July 13, 2010 1:51 PM
    maxiimWhats even more sad is the fact that they are just now releasing SP1 BETA and have already announced development of Windows8 or whatever it is to be named. Does anyone else believe this is a waste of time, if there is already a new OS in development?


    Dev teams only work on new products. I'm sure the specs for Windows 9 are already laid down while work on Win 8 continues. In fact once release dates get set features that cannot be completed in Win 8 get moved to Win 9 so the bar is flexible while continuous. Existing products like Windows 7 are developed and supported by a "sustained engineering" team separate from Dev although they'll occassionaly leverage main Dev resources.

    This is the largest software maker on the planet. They know how to walk and chew gum at the same time.
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    masterpro , July 13, 2010 2:07 PM
    Sorry but i wont support microsoft anymore!! I was ripped off with a crapware called Vista and when vista was fixed ( Windows 7 ) they still wanted me to pay for it like it was new software!! no more!!!!!
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    gogogadgetliver , July 13, 2010 2:17 PM
    masterproSorry but i wont support microsoft anymore!! I was ripped off with a crapware called Vista and when vista was fixed ( Windows 7 ) they still wanted me to pay for it like it was new software!! no more!!!!!


    Yeaaahh! Don't install any fixes, that'll teach em!!!!

    /eyeroll

    You can also pony up $2k and head on over to OSx land where they charge you money for service packs.
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    Regulas , July 13, 2010 2:18 PM
    maxiimWhats even more sad is the fact that they are just now releasing SP1 BETA and have already announced development of Windows8 or whatever it is to be named. Does anyone else believe this is a waste of time, if there is already a new OS in development?


    Tired of playing catch up with OS's and hardware, PS3 will stay in my gaming lineup, still have a PS2.
    I put Win 7 64bit on my Q9650 gaming rig (thanks Newegg) and it will never see Win 8. I will never buy into MS for gaming again, after this rig goes (years from now, not including repairs) Linux should be mainstream maybe on STEAM, will dual boot to start the transition away from Microbloat.
    Call me old, I am. As far as my main computer, banking and reading the news, shopping and such or maybe writing a third book, Snow Leopard will be used as long as possible, at least a decade or more. I don't care about playing freaking Blue Ray or Purple Ray disks if they invent that. The Macbook Pros are a great marriage of hardware and Software and will not be lured into a shiny new one one day with a touch screen or what ever.
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    wotan31 , July 13, 2010 2:30 PM
    LoneEagleIt's just because you don't understand that having a lot of tester (also a lot of possible computer configuration) will help find bugs faster and have a better SP.If you don't want to help having a better Windows, just ignore it.

    No, I don't want to help a corporation make more money by improving their product for free. I don't have time for that. Testers are paid positions, Microsoft apparently needs to hire more of them. Do you also ask your neighbor to come mow your lawn for free, you know, to help make it a better neighborhood for everyone? lol
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    TheKurrgan , July 13, 2010 3:39 PM
    This whole transition from XP to Windows 7 is a complete pain in the ass for the business world. XP was fairly solid for closed networks that have tasks to perform in a business nature. It was frankly crap for home users as the growing amount of prowling malware and what not that the average dumb home user will get on XP. However with proprietary software makers not moving quickly to get their software functioning on Vista / 7 (Our main software still doesnt work on Windows 7 or vista and wont until 2013) moving to Windows 7 is a pain. Call me slow, but XP lasting as long as it did was part of the reason for Microsofts dominance over the last decade. Because it was a stable platform. Them changing it up frequently as they plan to, is going to make keeping them less attractive if they reinvent the wheel every 2 - 3 years. This opens the door for linux not to mention Apple. OS X is currently the best choice for a home user just because it will take them longer to break it, and there is less of a target for malware and what not. In my opinion, Windows 7 is the most solid windows yet, and I wish they'd sit on it for at least 5 years before conidering windows 8. OS X has not been drastically reinvented in over 3 years now, and given Apple's history we have at least another year before 10.7 will hit, and even then it probably wont be a total reinvention. Linux has been stable for many years. MS is over compensating for leaving XP alone for entirely too long. As to the service pack beta, screw doing their job for them.
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    wotan31 , July 13, 2010 3:42 PM
    thekurrganThis whole transition from XP to Windows 7 is a complete pain in the ass for the business world. XP was fairly solid for closed networks that have tasks to perform in a business nature. It was frankly crap for home users as the growing amount of prowling malware and what not that the average dumb home user will get on XP. However with proprietary software makers not moving quickly to get their software functioning on Vista / 7 (Our main software still doesnt work on Windows 7 or vista and wont until 2013) moving to Windows 7 is a pain. Call me slow, but XP lasting as long as it did was part of the reason for Microsofts dominance over the last decade. Because it was a stable platform. Them changing it up frequently as they plan to, is going to make keeping them less attractive if they reinvent the wheel every 2 - 3 years. This opens the door for linux not to mention Apple. OS X is currently the best choice for a home user just because it will take them longer to break it, and there is less of a target for malware and what not. In my opinion, Windows 7 is the most solid windows yet, and I wish they'd sit on it for at least 5 years before conidering windows 8. OS X has not been drastically reinvented in over 3 years now, and given Apple's history we have at least another year before 10.7 will hit, and even then it probably wont be a total reinvention. Linux has been stable for many years. MS is over compensating for leaving XP alone for entirely too long. As to the service pack beta, screw doing their job for them.

    ^^ Most intelligent post in this entire thread. A++
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