Windows 7 RC and Windows Server 2008 R2 RC: System Update Readiness Tool
Article by George Norman
On 28 May 2009
Installing updates, service packs and other pieces of software on top of your existing operating system should be a trouble-free process. With that idea in mind Redmond-based software giant Microsoft has released the System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 Release Candidate and Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate, a tool that scans your system and detects any inconsistencies that would cause installing updates and other software to not work.

“System resources, such as file data, registry data, and even in-memory data, can develop inconsistencies during the lifetime of the operating system. These inconsistencies might be caused by various hardware failures or might be caused by software issues. In some cases, these inconsistencies can affect the Windows servicing store, and they can cause software updates not to work. The System Update Readiness Tool tries to resolve these inconsistencies,” explained Microsoft.

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If you would like to get the System Update Readiness Tool manually, download locations for Windows 7 Release Candidate and Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate are available below. According to Microsoft, you could do without it, as the tool will be offered to you automatically via Windows update. But if you do download it, then here is what you need to be made aware of:
- The System Update Readiness Tool runs a onetime scan which looks for inconsistencies and certain conditions that might prevent future servicing operations and could cause installing updates and other software not to work.
- Take a break while the scan is performed as it usually takes 15 minutes to complete (on some configurations, it takes even longer than that.
- At 60% the Windows Update progress bar is not updated; it seems as if the scan process has halted for no apparent reason. This is not the case, so do not cancel the scan.

If you would like to get System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 RC, a download location is available here.
If you would like to get System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 RC x64, a download location is available here.
If you would like to get System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Server 2008 R2 RC, a download location is available here.
If you would like to get System Update Readiness Tool for Windows Server 2008 R2 RC x64, a download location is available here.

In related news, you might want to check out Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Beta, the software that tells you if your system is ready to be upgraded to Windows 7.



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