Windows 7 SP1 Beta Now Available for Mass Consumption (Sort Of)

When the first Service Pack shipped for Windows Vista, it was a pretty big deal. After all, it took several performance and reliability updates to turn what debuted as a buggy OS into a serviceable platform, all of which were rolled into SP1, and then some. Windows 7 has gotten off to a much smoother start, but hey, if you're at all curious what the first Service Pack will bring, by all means, go find out - the beta is now available for download (as well as for Windows Server 2008 R2).

Keeping in mind that this is beta software (the Service Pack, not Windows 7), we'd advise against downloading this on mission critical rigs. But really, we're not expecting too much quirky behavior here. Rather than add a bunch of new features, Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 is essentially a bundle of all the previous patches since the OS launched, plus a few more.

Still interested? Good, but there's just one caveat. This isn't intended for home users -- not yet, anyway -- and you'll need an RTM (Release to Manufacturing) version of Windows 7 to run the Service Pack.

More info here.
Via:  TechNet
3vi1 4 years ago

Did they omit the list of all the bug and security hotfixes, or have they changed the point of service packs to be "Hyper-V-specific OS extensions that will help us run VMware out of the enterprise market"?

Even the technet article doesn't list any "fixes" included in this SP so I'm not seeing a heck of a lot of benefit to anyone that's not suffering from their choice of implementing Hyper-V.

marco c 4 years ago

I'm fairly certain there's nothing new in the 7 SP1, and that it's just a roll-up of all of the patches that have been released to Windows Update since the OS came out. Server 2008 is getting some new features, however, yes, related to virtualization.

acarzt 4 years ago

Well this is a less than spectacular service pack lol Usually they make some very improtant updates with service packs on top of rolling all the previous updates into it.

I guess that's a good thing? Shows that 7 doesn't need much fixing lol

3vi1 4 years ago

>> Shows that 7 doesn't need much fixing lol

Or, shows that 7 was itself a service pack of Vista.




acarzt 4 years ago

Shhhhh don't let the secret out ;-)

acarzt 4 years ago

also... those links lead me to a big red X :-(

3vi1 4 years ago

Yeah, apparently HH won't link pics that have question marks in the URLs. They were links to some graphs showing the various numbers of known patched and unpatched Windows 7 exploits that can lead to remote code execution, privilege escalation, etc.

3vi1 4 years ago

>> and that it's just a roll-up of all of the patches that have been released to Windows Update

That's what I would have assumed too, but I was thrown by the fact that they didn't list the specific hotfixes like they did in previous SPs.

They've since added the list of specific fixes:

BUT... they refuse to let me download it because "This download is available to customers running genuine Microsoft Windows. Please click the Continue button to begin Windows validation." ROFL.... So "No reading the list of fixes from your handheld Linux-powered device".

acarzt 4 years ago

Bill Gates disapproves of your handheld Linux-Powered device. Buy Windows Phone 7, and Windows 7 and then you can has access

AKwyn 4 years ago

Agreed. Nothing special about SP1 except the fact that it'll help people who reinstalled Windows 7 get the updates they desperately need. The only thing that SP1 is required for is continued coverage of something that I can barely remember or doesn't matter.

animatortom 4 years ago

Hopefully it can fix my Favorites bar not working :P

Still I'll wait for the finished version.

realneil 4 years ago

I'll wait for the complete, tested, full-release version.

I let others ride the leading (bleeding) edge of software updates.

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