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Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (also for Windows Server 2008 R2) has landed in finished form for select devs, packing mostly IT-minded improvements.  (Source: Telegraph UK)
Developers, developers, developers... here's a service pack

If you happen to be a developer with MSDN or TechNet privileges, you can now go out and snag the release version of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.  

The pack brings a lot of compiled minor bug fixes, security fixes, etc.  Most of these have already been distributed via Windows Live.  It's unknown whether the most critical components originally expected -- USB 3.0 support and Bluetooth/Wi-Fi performance improvements -- are present in the final build.  As sources aren't talking about it, we'd be inclined to say that it doesn't seem likely they will be included at this point.

That leaves the only remaining big items in the pack as RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory -- items that you will really only care about as an IT user (which happens to be some of the users who will be getting the early edition of the update).  RemoteFX enables 3D graphics in virtualized slim clients.  And dynamic memory allows for pooling and efficient use of memory in a virtualized slim client setup.

For regular users, this won't be a super exciting update like Windows Vista SP1 or Windows XP SP2 -- unless some of the missing features show up.

The download should be available soon from the Windows MLVS Volume Licensing site in ISO format (for burning to DVD for fresh installs) and in patch form (for existing installs) shortly.

We'll let you know if we get any more details or if the any missing features (improved Wi-Fi, where art thou?) show their faces.

Windows 7 SP1 has been in public beta testing since June.



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RemoteFX woohooo!!!
By Pirks on 2/16/11, Rating: 0
RE: RemoteFX woohooo!!!
By Pirks on 2/16/11, Rating: -1
RE: RemoteFX woohooo!!!
By Paladin21 on 2/16/2011 6:05:40 PM , Rating: 2
This is for virtual machines running under HyperV, not for remoting into a server. It's only for Server 2008 because only Server 2008 runs HyperV.


RE: RemoteFX woohooo!!!
By Pirks on 2/16/11, Rating: 0
RE: RemoteFX woohooo!!!
By InternetGeek on 2/16/2011 7:25:32 PM , Rating: 2
Pirks, what kind of connection are you on that having Direct3D over the wire would make a difference? Not saying that feature would not be welcome. Just trying to work out its validity.


RE: RemoteFX woohooo!!!
By InternetGeek on 2/16/2011 7:30:39 PM , Rating: 2
On a side note, Hyper-V is looking better and better each time I read about it.


RE: RemoteFX woohooo!!!
By damianrobertjones on 2/17/2011 3:32:59 AM , Rating: 2
It is. Last lat year I got myself a nice shiny machine and virtualised 6 servers.

Plan it well though as it can be a right pain in the backside (Not Hyper-v, getting them onto the Hyper-v server)


RE: RemoteFX woohooo!!!
By TheNuts on 2/17/2011 1:33:59 PM , Rating: 2
Until you run vSphere 4.1 that is


RE: RemoteFX woohooo!!!
By Pirks on 2/17/11, Rating: 0
RE: RemoteFX woohooo!!!
By Taft12 on 2/17/2011 11:39:51 AM , Rating: 2
He didn't ask what performance is like now, he's asking about what real-world scenario this could matter for since (you claim...) it does to you. Such scenarios surely exist but surely number only in the hundredths of 1% of users.

The fact this is actually a touted feature shows just how featureless this SP is.


RE: RemoteFX woohooo!!!
By Moishe on 2/17/2011 2:26:00 PM , Rating: 1
Don't you have an imagination?

Imagine a game server that doesn't require you to download anything. If it's all running on the server, you'd pay for access and that's it. Sure doesn't matter to you, but it matters to game companies.

I'd say this is a great idea. it's not done yet, but it's a great idea and a valid initial step.


RE: RemoteFX woohooo!!!
By Paladin21 on 2/17/2011 9:15:16 PM , Rating: 2
So we're going to imagine OnLive?


RE: RemoteFX woohooo!!!
By Bytre on 2/18/2011 6:53:40 PM , Rating: 2
You do need the win7 SP1 update to remote desktop to use remoteFX, is isn't compatible with older remote desktop clients (well, it won't give you remoteFX).


RE: RemoteFX woohooo!!!
By damianrobertjones on 2/17/2011 3:31:46 AM , Rating: 1
Far, far too quick to jump on MS there :)


RE: RemoteFX woohooo!!!
By retrospooty on 2/17/2011 8:48:34 AM , Rating: 1
"ah focking microsocks..."

Well there we have it... As we suspected, even on the rare occasions when not talking about Apple, Pirks is a total douchebag. I guess when you are, you are... regardless of the subject matter.


RE: RemoteFX woohooo!!!
By Pirks on 2/17/11, Rating: 0
RE: RemoteFX woohooo!!!
By retrospooty on 2/17/2011 11:13:31 AM , Rating: 2
With every douchy post, you prove my point. =)


RE: RemoteFX woohooo!!!
By Pirks on 2/17/2011 11:25:37 PM , Rating: 1
I enjoy your trolling too, suck it on :P


RE: RemoteFX woohooo!!!
By tech329 on 2/16/2011 6:12:25 PM , Rating: 2
Generationally, Vista is to Server 2008 as Win 7 is to Server 2008 R2. This service pack is for Win 7 and Server 2008 R2. Win 7 and Server 2008 R2 share a common code base.


Looooong install
By GreenEnvt on 2/16/2011 8:17:13 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know why, but that took an hour to install.

This is on a Core i3 370, 4gb of ram laptop. Not sure why it took so long.




RE: Looooong install
By abscode on 2/17/2011 2:24:10 AM , Rating: 2
You had me a bit worried; grabbed a book and got to installing... 16.5 minutes.

i7-980X, 12 gigs, x58, WD VelociRaptor


RE: Looooong install
By B3an on 2/17/2011 3:14:55 PM , Rating: 2
It took me 30mins to do a clean install of Win7 SP1 Ultimate on an ancient laptop with a P4 CPU and just 512MB RAM.
So something is obviously ****ed with that guys laptop.

And took about 10mins to install just the update on my 980X system, 24GB RAM, RAID SSD's.


RE: Looooong install
By damianrobertjones on 2/17/2011 3:35:11 AM , Rating: 2
Were you already patched to the max?

(Goes off to get the download)


RE: Looooong install
By GreenEnvt on 2/17/2011 8:05:39 PM , Rating: 2
Yea I have no clue why it took so long.
Machine was up to date with updates before.

Did another almost identical machine at work today, was much faster.


RE: Looooong install
By Hieyeck on 2/17/11, Rating: 0
RE: Looooong install
By Taft12 on 2/17/2011 11:42:50 AM , Rating: 2
His "budget laptop" is still surely in the fastest 20th percentile of machines running Windows 7. It matters to most users.


RE: Looooong install
By ertomas on 2/17/2011 1:28:05 PM , Rating: 3
My 500$ acer notebook has a dual core AMD Neo CPU, 3 GB of RAM and a "5600rpm" slowboat...

As cheap as it is it runs Office 2010 really fast, browses the web like a dream and can even play 1080p movies streamed over my home wifi.

So, yes, his comment is valid for a lot of people that have budget laptops because that's what they need.

When I want power, I go to my desktop and play games on it...



Windows update, not Windows live
By Proton on 2/17/2011 6:35:08 AM , Rating: 2
I think you meant distributed via Windows Update, not via Windows Live.




No problems
By B3an on 2/17/2011 2:58:46 PM , Rating: 2
For fun i installed Win7 SP1 Ultimate on a 6+ year old laptop with a 2.8GHz P4 and only 512MB RAM. It actually runs about as fast as XP did on the same laptop, maybe slightly slower in some areas but it makes up for it with the fact that i dont have to continually restart Win7 as you always have to do with XP, as XP gets slower and slower the longer it runs for without a reboot. Win7 even detected all hardware correctly and installed all the drivers needed.




lemon fails to boot to 3tb
By SPOOOK on 2/20/2011 10:25:23 PM , Rating: 1
this upgrade is a falure this still refuses to boot up
with 3tb drives i have new sandy bridge efi bios i have a dick with service pack 1 installed and tryed to boot no go
it formats to 2.1 tb drive and uses the old mbr what a smack in the face for advanced users with the advent of 3tb drives and new bios its a shame on ms this upgrade is worthless it in fact does nothing




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