Microsoft has recently started sending Windows 7 Service Pack 1 . Microsoft was initially available via direct download and now includes Windows 7 SP1 as part of the regular Windows Update service that automatically downloads and installs priority updates for Microsoft products. Windows 7 SP1 is available for all editions of Windows 7 including Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate.
Within Windows 7 Service Pack 1
Released for the general public on February 22, 2011, Windows 7 SP 1 is a merger of security patches, minor bug fixes, and some modifications that enhance existing functions. In reality, SP1 does not contain a large number of changes for computers that download and install the monthly updates that Microsoft regularly sends. Windows 7 Service Pack 1
A notable fix in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is the HDMI audio problem that some people have experienced. There have been many reports about the loss of HDMI audio devices after restarting a computer. Problems with printing while using the XPS Viewer have also been resolved.
Another solution in SP1 is the way Windows 7 recovers folders after logging in. Prior to SP1, previous folders would be restored in a cascaded position based on the location of the most recently active folder. That behavior changes to SP1 so that all folders are restored to their previous positions. For example, it is now possible to change the "Restore Previous Folders at Logon" feature that is managed by the Folder Options Explorer dialog box.
Installing Windows 7 SP1
There are two options for to install SP1 : download the package directly from Microsoft or wait for Microsoft to download the service pack directly to your computer as part of the standard Windows Update process . For direct download, the Service Pack is supplied in a file of more than 500 MB. When installing via the Microsoft Update process, the size of the Service Pack varies depending on the previously installed Windows 7 updates.
Using the Windows Update service is the recommended method for installing SP1. If you want to download the service pack directly from the Microsoft website, you can follow this link: http://windows.microsoft.com/installwindows7sp1 cialis19659004Buch cialis19459003 Breda Installation times can vary on average from 30 – 60 minutes depending on the performance of your computer. This was confirmed by various installations that I carried out. Apart from the required time, the installation went smoothly and without errors. There was one exception where the Service Pack did not complete the installation process and Windows Update returned an error message. By restarting and trying again the process completed everything without problems.
SP1 is not actually an essential item for installation. However, it is worth having the fixes it provides. With SP1 installed, you know that all previous security updates for Windows 7 and other updates have been installed. In addition, you may need to install SP1 at some point to receive additional future updates.
Considerations Before Installing Windows 7 Service Pack 1
- As with the installation of an important operating system or software component, this is encouraged to close all applications prior to installation . Restarting the computer and disabling all antivirus programs before installing the SP can also be useful. You will be prompted to restart your computer after the installation of the service pack has been completed.
- Install all other available updates before installing SP1, including the KB2454826 update. This update is installed automatically when you install the service pack using Windows Update. However, Windows Update KB2454826 is not installed automatically when you install the service pack from the Microsoft Download Center.
- Scan your computer for malware using up-to-date antivirus / antimalware software.
- If you use a portable computer make sure you connect your power adapter to a power outlet before installing the Service Pack. Do not disconnect the computer or restart the computer during installation.
- Make sure you save your work and close all open programs & # 39; s before you begin the installation process.
This first Windows 7 service Pack was released about 16 months after the official release of Windows 7 in October 2009. This is 5 months longer than it took Microsoft to release the first service pack for Windows XP in September 2002.