Windows 7 Service Pack 1 coming on February 22

The first service pack for Windows 7 (and Windows Server 2008 R2) is now less than two weeks away. Microsoft has announced on the official Windows Blog that the final, release-to-manufacturing build of the service pack has already gone out to PC makers. SP1 will become available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers on February 16, followed by a public release via Windows Update on February 22.

Now, keep in mind this isn’t a particularly exciting service pack. The Microsoft blog post doesn’t bother to hype it up, saying it will "help keep your PCs well supported by delivering ongoing updates, many of which have been made previously available through Windows Update." RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory support are also included for users running Win7 in a virtual machine under Windows Server 2008 R2.

There is one little nugget of new goodness for folks with Sandy Bridge processors, however: support for Intel’s Advanced Vector Extensions, the new instruction set extension that promises quicker media and graphics processing. Third-party applications will have to implement support, too, but the foundation will be there.

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    • swaaye
    • 9 years ago

    Vista really needs an update rollup. SP3 or something like it.

    • bcronce
    • 9 years ago

    My understanding is SP1 for Win7 is more of a feature upgrade than bug fixes. It will be so much nicer when rolling out machines though.

    Is this the first SP1 to not fix any major issues?

      • Spotpuff
      • 9 years ago

      I thought you couldn’t insert patches into a win7 install anymore? Can’t remember where I read that though it seemed odd if that was the case.

      Hopefully you can insert SP1 into the win7 install so you don’t have to install then patch.

        • Flying Fox
        • 9 years ago

        Seems like this is only on the nLite side? But you can still do it with the default tools?

        [url<]http://www.sevenforums.com/general-discussion/110518-slipstreaming-windows-7-sp1.html[/url<]

        • Ryu Connor
        • 9 years ago

        SP1 for Win7 is nothing but a bug fix. The feature upgrades included amongst the bug fixes in SP1 only apply to Hyper-V in 2008 R2.

        The image based nature of the 6.x kernels means no traditional slipstreaming.

        You’ll have to install Win7 RTM, apply the service pack, run sysprep, and then capture the image into a .WIM with ImageX and WinPE.

        Or you could just have a Technet or MSDN subscription and get the new ISO.

        • bcronce
        • 9 years ago

        My last job would setup a box, install a fresh copy of Windows and take a snapshot that cleared local machines name stuff.

        When you used this image to install as an image to other machines, it would prompt you for the computer name. After about 5 minutes of reading the HD, it would reboot and come back up on the domain with all the settings/apps you snap-shotted it with. We could also include any extra drivers we wanted in case MS didn’t come default with them.

        It literally took 5-10 minutes to have a new machine imaged and running on the domain with all of our apps/etc.

        If a bunch of new patches came out, we would just take the image, install it on some machine, install all the new patches, and re-snapshot it. Any new computers using the newly created image would be up-to-date with the current patches at the time of the snapshot.

        edit: Ryu Connor posted while I was typing this up. Sysprep is the program we used.

          • Trymor
          • 9 years ago

          Sounds a bit like virtual machines.

    • bthylafh
    • 9 years ago

    Any word as to when Office 2010 SP1 will be here? I’m planning on making a new master image for work once both of these SPs are available.

    • tejas84
    • 9 years ago

    Yarrr baby Yarrr!

    • Forge
    • 9 years ago

    Installed two weeks ago. Yarrr!

      • DancinJack
      • 9 years ago

      Is it really yarrr if it’s free and available to everyone(with that particular OS)? Especially in the same form as MS will release weeks later?

        • Forge
        • 9 years ago

        “SP1 will become available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers on February 16, followed by a public release via Windows Update on February 22.”

        I think that makes a late January install technically Yarr.

        We all knew it was gold code, it’s the same RTM that went out to OEMs, and later to everyone else, but getting it when it’s supposed to be unavailable… Yarr. If you ask MS, it’s piracy and someone should be sued.

          • DancinJack
          • 9 years ago

          We need to spread Yarrr around. Way better than saying piracy.

          GJ cyril and scott.

            • indeego
            • 9 years ago

            The term [u<]never existed[/u<] before they uttered it. So Nyarrr Nyarrr.

            • Trymor
            • 9 years ago

            Is Sarah Palin making up words again?

    • Trymor
    • 9 years ago

    Was gonna yawn, but there are one or 2 nifties in there.

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