Saturday, July 31, 2010



Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (Beta)

Microsoft continuously collects feedback on Windows 7 from customers and partners through several channels. This feedback results in enhancements that help improve compatibility, reliability, performance, and user experience. Service Pack integrates all these updates, along with additional enhancements, into a single package and help ensure that your systems are up-to-date.
The beta of SP1 for Windows 7 contains the pre-released 17 security updates and 456 hotfixes. The impact of SP1 on Windows 7 is considered to be minimal since it only includes pre-released hotfixes and security updates. Even though the current SP1 release is a beta, Microsoft has made it clear to not anticipate the SP1 for Windows 7 to be substantial. While SP1 is not intended to be a vehicle for releasing new features, some existing features do gain slightly enhanced functionality in SP1.
The SP1 beta has been released in English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. This beta will expire on June 30, 2011. You will have to upgrade to a newer build or uninstall and return to the RTM build by that time. Service Pack 1 will be released within the first half of calendar year 2011. You would not be able to upgrade from the beta builds to the final build of SP1 and will have to uninstall the Service Pack or do a clean install of Windows 7.
Setup Prerequisites:

  • Your current operating system must be the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 (build 7600).

  • Users updating through Windows Update/WSUS must install the Servicing Stack Update (SSU). This update is necessary to successfully install or uninstall the service pack.
Delivery Methods:
  • Standalone Package
    Meant for commuters without internet access or system administrators.
    About 297 MB (x86) or 535 MB (x64) of download size.
  • Windows Update
    Meant for most home or many business users.
    About 23 MB (x86) or 45 MB (x64) of download size.
  • Integrated DVDMeant for new PCs or Vista upgrades
Changes in Windows 7 SP1
  • Additional support has been added to allow Windows 7 clients to effectively communicate with third-party identity federation services.
  • Improved HDMI audio device performance.
  • Corrected behavior when printing mixed-orientation XPS documents using the XPS Viewer.
  • Change to behavior of “Restore previous folders at logon” functionality. All folders are restored to their previous positions rather than the cascaded position based on the location of the most recently active folder.
  • Enhanced support for additional identities in RRAS and IPsec.
  • Support for Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX).
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