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SP1 is now available for download or through Windows Update

For those of you running Windows 7 (and that's likely a huge portion of DailyTech readers), Microsoft has officially made Service Pack 1 (SP1) available to the public. This move comes just a week after Microsoft provided SP1 to MSDN/TechNet subscribers.

“Remember - for Windows 7, SP1 will help keep your PCs well supported by delivering ongoing updates, many of which have been made previously available through Windows Update,” said Microsoft Brandon LeBlanc on the Windows Team Blog. “It does, however, include client-side support for RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory which are two new virtualization features enabled in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.” 

The download for the x86 version weighs in at 537.8MB while the x64 version comes in at a hefty 903.2MB.

For those that aren't too familiar with installing Windows Service packs, Microsoft has a handy how-to guide that you can read here.

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By DominionSeraph on 2/22/11, Rating: 0
RE: 903.2MB
By ChugokuOtaku on 2/22/2011 4:54:40 PM , Rating: 3
nah... be realistic here.
Chances are, anyone with SSDs that small have big mechanical drives for data.

RE: 903.2MB
By AnnihilatorX on 2/23/2011 6:26:38 AM , Rating: 1
It's not about data.
Windows service pack will refuse to install if you haven't got enough space at C, and there are times you just can't clear enough for a service pack install. The space required is more than what it will need, and the size of the SP. It also have backup copies of dll files in case you perform roll back, and that increase space requirement furthre. It's also not smart enough to use other drives as temporary locations.

In days of vista I had 16GB SSD, and it would refuse to install SP1. It gave me an error, partly due to me tricking Windows by moving literally the system temp folder using NTFS junctions to another drive, including Winsxs folder, which was consuming 4GB at that time. It was desparate as no way I could squeeze up, without even program installed at that time, enough space for service pack update.

Finally I had to do a clean install of Vista and immdediately update.

RE: 903.2MB
By InternetGeek on 2/23/2011 6:41:14 AM , Rating: 4
Guys, Relax.

The service pack is not 900MB. That's the size of the network redistributable package. It includes X86, AMD64 and X64 packages, debug symbols, etc. It's what IT admins would use to deploy SP1 across their network. Us, mortals, connect through Windows Update and find it is much more smaller than that. Average around 150mb.

RE: 903.2MB
By Kornfeld on 2/23/2011 2:08:04 PM , Rating: 1
Actually, the redistributable package for x64 is 903MB, the separate pacakge for x86 is 537MB, and the IA64 version is 511MB. This is all from the ISO that was made available to Volume License last week. There's no distiction between Intel x64 and AMD64 and Microsoft's x64 OS's even identify their archictecture as AMD64 when running Intel processors supporting EM64T.

So, the 903MB isn't for the combined content.

RE: 903.2MB
By bah12 on 2/23/2011 9:21:51 AM , Rating: 2
Just relocate your NTUNINSTALL folders to a different partition, and chances are you will free up more than enough.

RE: 903.2MB
By omnicronx on 2/22/2011 5:00:08 PM , Rating: 4
I don't care what OS you use, you should not be down to 1-2GB of free space on any system drive.

As other poster noted, those with smaller SSD's most likely have a secondary storage drive. The only case I can think of is netbook users, but as I said, there is no reason to ever get that low in system resources.

RE: 903.2MB
By majorpain on 2/22/2011 5:09:12 PM , Rating: 5
My SP1 update was just 73MB.. maybe i already had most of the updates in it.

RE: 903.2MB
By lowsidex2 on 2/22/2011 5:51:06 PM , Rating: 4
My SP1 update was just 73MB.. maybe i already had most of the updates in it.


Even if you have to download the full gig, I'm sure it overwrites mostly, not adding to, your current OS install.

RE: 903.2MB
By rudolphna on 2/23/2011 8:37:15 AM , Rating: 2
Yup. I have one, I went through it. I had 6GB of free space left on my Intel 40GB. I spent like an hour trying to free up space (it needed 9 to install). I finally ended up moving the pagefile completely to my Data drive, but it was still annoying.

RE: 903.2MB
By Shadowmaster625 on 2/23/2011 11:04:05 AM , Rating: 2
How much space was left after it installed and you did a cleanup?

RE: 903.2MB
By kattanna on 2/23/2011 11:34:54 AM , Rating: 2
also you can remove the hiberfil.sys since with an SSD you dont need the system to hibernate

RE: 903.2MB
By icanhascpu on 2/28/2011 4:31:06 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah because the hd is the only thing that uses any energy.

RE: 903.2MB
By eggman on 2/23/2011 3:44:34 PM , Rating: 2
I lost 1% of my 80 Gig SSD.

By Drag0nFire on 2/22/2011 4:42:59 PM , Rating: 2
any new features for those of us without Win Server 2008?

RE: So...
By Taft12 on 2/22/2011 4:56:42 PM , Rating: 3
None whatsoever.

In short - there is no new functionality as we have mentioned previously beyond client-side support for RemoteFX and Dymanic Memory which are 2 new virtualization features enabled in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

RE: So...
By Makaveli on 2/22/2011 5:54:49 PM , Rating: 2
Been running this for a month already.

Its the same version that was leaked.

RE: So...
By NellyFromMA on 2/23/2011 2:10:29 PM , Rating: 3
lol people run leaked service packs? this sort of surprises me..

RE: So...
By Aenslead on 2/24/2011 4:33:31 PM , Rating: 2
There's a whole different world out there, kiddo.

RE: So...
By overzealot on 2/23/2011 4:00:17 AM , Rating: 2
I want it for AVX, though I think most people won't care.

Slipstream Win 7 SP1?
By Azsen on 2/22/2011 8:31:47 PM , Rating: 2
Can you slipstream this?

My favourite method is slipstream the SP onto DVD, wipe and start from scratch. Habit from the XP days I guess.

RE: Slipstream Win 7 SP1?
By Makaveli on 2/22/2011 10:57:58 PM , Rating: 5
Yes you can.

Made this guide a while ago.

RE: Slipstream Win 7 SP1?
By Bytre on 2/23/2011 6:38:28 PM , Rating: 3
You can also download an SP1 iso if you have msdn OS access.

RE: Slipstream Win 7 SP1?
By peternelson on 2/24/2011 4:09:54 AM , Rating: 2
Good question, and on a related subject, given that slipstream install DVD is possible and can be created.....

Do Microsoft themselves have any plans to update the media in boxed retail editions in stores to include this service pack, if so when can be expect to see them in distribution or stores? Would this be a new replacement SKU code?

will it?
By Souka on 2/22/2011 7:42:53 PM , Rating: 2
Will this run on a Mac?


RE: will it?
By Philippine Mango on 2/22/2011 8:18:44 PM , Rating: 5
Only if you pay a nominal fee for the "upgrade" of course..

By jeffbui on 2/22/2011 9:03:02 PM , Rating: 2
What happened to the Wifi improvements?

Good if I have to reinstall
By letmepicyou on 2/28/2011 3:33:09 PM , Rating: 2
It may not roll out a bunch of new features, but I've been on this 7 Ultimate install since July 2009. If disaster happens, having service pack 1 will save a lot of time and effort, even if you don't slipstream it, you still don't have to download it or install all the previous updates. To me, that alone makes it worthwhile.

By sleepeeg3 on 2/22/11, Rating: -1
RE: Wait...
By ajfink on 2/22/2011 11:57:18 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Wait...
By NellyFromMA on 2/23/2011 2:12:31 PM , Rating: 2
Why would they follow OS X footsteps?

"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner
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