Public beta available for Windows 7 Service Pack 1

Microsoft has unleashed public betas of the first service packs for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Both betas are now available for download via TechNet.

Of course, there’s really no need for Windows 7 users to jump eagerly on the download. Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is little more than a collection of patches already released via Windows Update, so there are no new features or functionality to be found. Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, on the other hand, brings Virtual Desktop Infrastructure enhancements that enable hardware-accelerated 3D graphics and video playback over a Remote Desktop Connection.

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    • BobbinThreadbare
    • 12 years ago

    As long as those people are buying licenses, does Microsoft care where they get it from?

    • axeman
    • 12 years ago

    You can slipstream updates to make updated install discs, too, as long as you are appropriately licensed you’re not doing anything wrong. Of course you can get disc images others have made and save yourself the work which is what the OP was referring too, I guess, but it’s not really an excuse to pirate. Of course, starting with Vista, since the install is image-based, this is a lot more of a pain in the neck to do yourself.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 12 years ago

    Big American party! Who is driving? OMG Bear is driving! How can that be?!

    • derFunkenstein
    • 12 years ago

    how do updates encourage people to download pirated versions? Your logic, it’s what just went “*WHOOOOOOSH*”.

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 12 years ago

    *WHOOOOOOSH*

    A year from now, I guess 7 will be “old hat” too, when it has a mass of individual updates piling up, encouraging people to download pirated copies (and especially considering that lots of computers don’t include OS discs anymore).

    • bcronce
    • 12 years ago

    it’s more of an SP for 2K8 R2 than Win7, but since they both use the same kernel, it’s an SP for both.

    They don’t SP XP anymore because where are no *real* changes other than patches. Most SPs have some fairly large change to the internals of the OS. In this case, virtualization is improved, even if that doesn’t directly affect Win7 customers.

    XP is old hat anyway. Who cares, other than people who needlessly cling to it.

    • sreams
    • 12 years ago

    Is it secret? Is it safe?

    • OneArmedScissor
    • 12 years ago

    I think it’s pretty lame that they call these service packs and don’t just release a consolidated update every month for people doing a new install. But what’s absolutely insane is that they’ll even go years without doing that, as is now the case with XP.

    Gee, I wonder why so many people I know who own a Windows license just use updated pirated copies they were able to conveniently download right before reinstalling?

    • ClickClick5
    • 12 years ago

    Perhaps Clerks?

    “Is it safe?”
    “Is what safe?”
    “Is it SAFE?”
    “Uh…is what safe?!”

    • Neutronbeam
    • 12 years ago

    “Is it safe?… Is it safe?”
    Christian Szell, /[

    • cygnus1
    • 12 years ago

    I think an equally important, if not more so, feature the SP brings for 2008 R2 is HyperV Dynamic Memory. Which will allow you to squeeze more VMs on to a server.

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