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Windows 7 SP1 Leaks

Gordon Kelly

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Windows 7 SP1 Leaks

Windows 7 couldn't have had a much smoother ride up until now: seamless and stable betas, a release date that stuck and widespread recognition that Microsoft had produced the best operating system in its history (I actually prefer it to OS X). Still, there are always patches to be applied...

The largest of these is the Service Pack and the first for Windows 7 (you'll generally get around three in the lifetime of a Microsoft OS) has been leaked all over the Interweb. 'Build 7061' (build string: '6.1.7061.16537.amd64fre.win7.100327-0053') was first snagged by GeekSmack and it reports a fast installation ("MUCH faster than the install process for service packs on Vista") and two reboots were all that was required.

Changes? Nothing too major - at least in this build - with a compilation of bug fixes, performance and stability tweaks the main focus. This ties in with what Microsoft communications manager Brandon LeBlanc said about the service pack last month on the official Windows Team Blog:

"For Windows 7, SP1 includes only minor updates, among which are previous updates that are already delivered through Windows Update," he explained. "SP1 for Windows 7 will, however, deliver an updated Remote Desktop client that takes advantage of RemoteFX introduced in the server-side with SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2."

So what could be the motivation for such a seemingly inconsequential first Service Pack? Optimists could argue there is little wrong with Windows 7 in the first place - and they'd be right, but I suspect the true answer is more cynical: to attract businesses.

"Windows 7 is ready for commercial deployments now and many industry experts have recommended that customers do not wait for SP1," argued Blanc in the same blog post. I'd agree, but perhaps it remains easier to convince cautious organisations with that little issue out of the way in any case.

Either way, I suspect we won't have to wait long for an official SP1 release - call it a hunch...

Links:

via GeekSmack

Windows Team Blog

ChunkyMonkey

April 8, 2010, 1:25 pm

A cynic would suggest that of course Windows 7 is stable, it is after all little more than Vista SP2 + Feature Pack 1!

Keithe6e

April 8, 2010, 1:32 pm

Wasn't Vista pretty stable until SP1, once they had chance to stick in all that DRM stuff in. :)

kdot

April 8, 2010, 1:33 pm

..really? maybe aesthetically, but I am sure there have been many tweaks under the hood. I havent seen anyone running any version of vista with any version service pack on a netbook personally.

jingyeow

April 8, 2010, 2:39 pm

Is it me or are service packs not like those during the xp era anymore. Where bugfixes were held back and then released all at once in the service pack. It seems to just be a collection of updates that Windows 7 has been distributing to users since launch. I find when actually asked to install the Service pack 2 on Vista, there were only 25mb of updates to download compared to the possible 600mb+ of updates possible.

Chris 25

April 8, 2010, 3:27 pm

Microsoft had said that from Windows 7 service packs are more about feature updates rather than patches/bug fixing.





This was to stop the whole 'let's wait until sp1' thing :)

Retset

April 8, 2010, 3:48 pm

This is an OS that really does not feel like it needs an SP. However, as mentioned above, it is handy to have ready to speed up any re-install.

Jay Pain

April 8, 2010, 7:01 pm

There's a typo in the build, it should be 7601 not 7061.

Gordon394

April 8, 2010, 7:19 pm

@Jay, thanks - that was a cut and paste straight from GeekSmack. Fixed.

Chocoa

April 9, 2010, 3:32 am

I thought one of the key aims of SP1 was to introduce Windows Activation Technology. But even that apparently is not a mandatory install (yet).

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