Windows Update Now Serves Windows 7 SP1
Article by George Norman
On 23 Feb 2011
As you may remember, on the 9th of February, Microsoft announced that Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 has RTM’ed (RTM is short for Release to Manufacturing) and that Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 was rolled out to its OEM partners.

A few days later, on the 16th of February to be more precise, SP1 was released to MSDN and TechNet subscribers.
Yesterday, the 22nd of February, Windows 7 SP1 has been released to the general public. Today, the 23rd of February, my Windows 7 operating system prompted me to get the Service Pack.

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Actually, my significant other’s Windows 7-powered PC displayed the update prompt. I then booted up my PC, accessed the Action Center, clicked on Windows Update, and then clicked Check for Updates. The OS told me there is one important update I have to get – Windows 7 SP1. This means that Windows Update is now serving up Service Pack 1.

The service pack is described as follows in the update window:
“Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is a recommended collection of updates and improvements to Windows that are combined into a single installable update. The service pack can help make your computer safer and more reliable. A typical installation will take about 30 minutes to complete, and you will have to restart your computer about halfway through the process.”

Click the More Information link and you will be told that:
“Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is an important update that includes previously released security, performance, and stability updates for Windows 7. SP1 also includes new improvements to features and services in Windows 7, such as improved reliability when connecting to HDMI audio devices, printing using the XPS Viewer, and restoring previous folders in Windows Explorer after restarting.”

If you need help installing Windows 7 SP1, check out this help article.
You can get Windows 7 SP1 via Windows Update or from the Microsoft Download Center
here.
Check out
this article to see what you should do before installing SP1.



Tags: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Service Pack 1, SP1, Windows Update
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