Sunday, January 16, 2011

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Download

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Download
If you cannot wait to get your hands on the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 release you may now download it from reputable sites such as Softpedia. There is still no official confirmation that the download offered is indeed the RTM version of the service pack that Microsoft intends to distribute to Windows 7 users in the first quarter of 2011. Then again, it is very likely that it is.
Why would someone want to download the service pack right now? Most users are likely better of by waiting for the official release announcement by Microsoft. They can then download and install the Windows 7 SP1 from official sources. Another reason why it may not be necessary to install the service pack right away is the fact that it does not offer many new features or improvements that were not available before.
The list of new features is short:
  • Additional support for communication with third-party federation services
  • Improved HDMI audio device performance
  • Corrected behavior when printing mixed-orientation XPS documents
  • Enhanced support for additional identities in RRAS and IPsec
  • Support for Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
  • Change to behavior of “Restore previous folders at logon” functionality
Some users, especially developers and system administrators, may want to have early access to the final service pack for a chance to test it thoroughly before it is deployed on computer systems.
The service pack can only be installed on RTM versions of Windows 7. It has to be noted as well that any Service Pack 1 betas or RC releases need to be uninstalled first before the final release can be installed on the computer.
Windows 7 SP1 RTM is available as a download at Softpedia.

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