Its been a long wait for some of us but it’s officially here, finally!
Microsoft have released Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 bringing notable new features such as Dynamic Memory, Remote FX and improved HDMI audio device performance. Security updates and hotfixes have also been rolled up into the SP.
Before you dive in to downloading and installing, please check out all the documentation to ensure your install goes smoothly.
- Your current operating system must be the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 (build 7600). (How Do I Know Which Operating System I am Using? [Quick Tip])
- Users updating through Windows Update/WSUS must install the Servicing Stack Update (SSU) that handles the installation and removal of software updates, language packs, and optional Windows features. This update is necessary to successfully install or uninstall the service pack; it also improves the performance and reliability of the service pack installation. This update is part of the standalone update package and will be offered as a separate package on Windows Update.
- Deployment Guide for Windows 7 with SP1
- Hotfixes and Security Updates included in Windows 7 SP1
- Release Notes for Windows 7 with SP1
- Notable Changes in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
Update Readiness Tools:
SP1 Download Links:
- Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
- Windows 7 SP1 x86 (538MB EXE)
- Windows 7 SP1 x64 (903MB EXE)
- Windows 7 SP1 x86 and x64 (1953MB ISO)
Note that this removes backup files created during the SP installation thus the SP cannot be uninstalled after this operation has completed.
In an elevated command prompt run
dism /online /cleanup-image /spsuperseded
- "The following updates might need to be reinstalled" message when you try to install SP1 for Windows 7 or for Windows Server 2008 R2
Providing you haven’t run cleanup, you can uninstall the SP by running (in an elevated command prompt)
wusa /uninstall /kb:976932