Microsoft sends out Windows 7 SP1 beta invites

Microsoft began sending beta invites to potential Windows 7 SP1 beta testers on Tuesday.

In an email to beta candidates, the Windows Customer Connection Team has picked select testers for an early copy of Windows 7 SP1. "You are receiving this invitation based on the quality of feedback you have provided on previous Windows programs", read the email promising early access to pre-release versions of the Service Pack.

The invite also confirms the Service Pack will be available in English, German, Japanese, French and Spanish. Microsoft revealed its plans for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 last week at its annual Tech-Ed conference. Windows 7 SP1 will include the usual hotfix patches and new virtualization tools in SP1 will help Windows Server 2008 R2 users prepare for cloud computing. SP1 will include RemoteFX which provides rich 3-D graphical experience for remote users. The service pack also will include a series of incremental updates, previously released on Windows Update for both Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

RemoteFX is a new enhancement to RDP's graphical remoting capabilities. The idea behind RemoteFX is to allow for a full remote experiences including multiple displays, Aero and multimedia streaming to all types of client devices including low cost thin clients. RemoteFX achieves this by using a technique known as host-based rendering. This technique allows for the final screen image to be rendered locally on the remote PC after being compressed and sent down to that remote host. The enhancements are expected to greatly improve video streaming across remote sessions which is currently one of the major drawbacks of virtualized computing.

In April this year an early copy of Windows 7 SP1 surfaced on the Internet. The build leaked to file sharing sites. SP1 is also rumoured to include USB 3.0 support and enhanced Bluetooth/Wi-Fi stacks but Microsoft has not  yet confirmed this.

Microsoft is planning to release a public beta of Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 by the end of July. Technical beta testers are expected to receive the bits by the end of June. Unlike the Windows 7 beta program there will not be any free gift for participating in the technical beta.

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Remote FX's multi screen capabilities is already in use by Office Communicator and Live Mesh. Looking forward to this!

Darn it! No invites as of yet.

And here I thought my Vista/Win7 bugs were enough for them... I guess not.

I didn't get an email, bit disappointing. Was looking forward to getting my hands on this (legitimately).

Everyone is waiting for Win 7 SP1, but I think we are all going to be disappointed. I think you might find that the service pack will contain all the updates so far and maybe if we are lucky a few tweaks to the actual operating system. I don't think MS are putting anything new/extras in the service pack.

bomberh said,
Everyone is waiting for Win 7 SP1, but I think we are all going to be disappointed. I think you might find that the service pack will contain all the updates so far and maybe if we are lucky a few tweaks to the actual operating system. I don't think MS are putting anything new/extras in the service pack.
Service packs don't just contain all released updates to-date, they include all of the many hotfixes that Microsoft have not pushed out via Windows Update too. Those that you have to manually request and download from support.microsoft.com. Such as the one that fixes the ability for network administrators to deploy corporate wallpaper to computers on a network.

TCLN Ryster said,
Service packs don't just contain all released updates to-date, they include all of the many hotfixes that Microsoft have not pushed out via Windows Update too. Those that you have to manually request and download from support.microsoft.com. Such as the one that fixes the ability for network administrators to deploy corporate wallpaper to computers on a network.

That an USB 3.0 support and so on. You're correct, it is more than a collection of updates Hopefully with more Internet Explorer 9 work and stress testing the new API's like Direct2D/DirectWrite that they'll become more robust and more vendors will use them.

Nightwind Hawk said,
The only thing I can ask for SP1 to improve is the speed of deleting files! Very slow for some reason right now... no idea why!
Files are deleted nearly instantly on mine. Something must be wrong for you.

Will be testing on a VM at work seen as our software supplier's testing for this stuff takes a year after release or possibly never. Wahey!

excalpius said,
Can you run it machine to machine (like say from home to work) or must it be served by a Windows Server flavor?

Currently RDP does (PC to PC), but does 3D and video\pic very badly;

RemoteFX is an upcoming technology ... designed to improve the visual capabilities of RDP clients connected to them

Chester0 said,

Currently RDP does (PC to PC), but does 3D and video\pic very badly;

Hence the reason I am asking whether RFX improves the machine to machine experience or just the machine to server experience.

Fresh code, my friends. /foams at the mouth

I won't be downloading it, though. I'd be happy to test it 2 years ago when I didn't have a life. =D

Panda X said,
I don't see why any one cares about a beta of a service pack.
And yet here you are caring about other people caring about the service pack. Who's the saddest?

Panda X said,
I don't see why any one cares about a beta of a service pack.

Ummm, because companies need real world testing. Not really hard to understand. All companies do this.

TCLN Ryster said,
And yet here you are caring about other people caring about the service pack. Who's the saddest?

perhaps he has always had a certain morbid sense of curiosity and sympathy for guinea pigs

Pharos said,
Fresh code, my friends. /foams at the mouth

I won't be downloading it, though. I'd be happy to test it 2 years ago when I didn't have a life. =D

Same here.

No betas for me.
Don't really give a rip about the final either, for that matter. At least not enough to get worked up over it. I'll let the guinea pigs run it first for some time, before I even attempt it, this time.

TCLN Ryster said,
And yet here you are caring about other people caring about the service pack. Who's the saddest?

This is a message board where people post opinions.

Panda X said,
I don't see why any one cares about a beta of a service pack.

People are excited because it means that a release isn't too far away. There are also people here on this forum who might wish to beta test it or test their applications against to ensure that any breakages can be reported to Microsoft or can corrected in the application itself.

If you're going to whine about the announcement for service pack beta's then you might as well say the same about any sort of beta.

TCLN Ryster said,
And yet here you are caring about other people caring about the service pack. Who's the saddest?

I'm sorry. I wasn't caring about others who care about it. It's called an opinion.

Meph said,
I don't know why I'm looking forward to this... It's just a load of Windows Updates rolled into one.

Some additional functionality such as RemoteFX is included.
But yeah I agree most service packs are not usually that interesting, except XP SP2 back in the day.

InsaneNutter said,

Some additional functionality such as RemoteFX is included.
But yeah I agree most service packs are not usually that interesting, except XP SP2 back in the day.


Vista's SP1 was also interesting/fixing-dumb-mistakes

kiddingguy said,
no probs whatsoever with Windows 7, but hey... a SP is always welcome

Dont know if you just install it on your computer or not, but in a cie, deploying with kms is a pain! the generalize switch doesn't work, there's no real way to make a default profile beside making a cd installing, and even there it doesn't copy all config (some get reset to default). As for printer, I got some shared on a 2k3 server and each user must install them (well, uninstall then install since they are into the default profile) else they get an access denied error, but they can remove and add it back, what an access denied! All of that in an AD environnement...