Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 download now live

The much awaited Windows 7 SP1 is now available for download here

Six days ago, Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 became available for MSDN/TechNet subscribers.

As we reported last week, SP1 only contains two major new features, which will not affect the majority of users. The first of the two is RemoteFX, a standalone product that requires Windows Server 2008 R2 to be used. RemoteFX allows users to watch high-quality video and interact with 3D applications over a remote desktop session -- this will change the way Virtual Machines are used, as they have had limited display capabilities until now.

The second feature is an update for HyperV in Windows Server 2008 R2 called "Dynamic Memory". The feature is as simple as it sounds -- it dynamically allocates memory to virtual machines as required and is able to remove memory from virtual machines when others need higher resources. You can read more about the new features over on the Windows Server Team Blog.

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Hey guys: Make sure you update your device drivers before installing SP1! This is a known issue with SP1 as some out of date ATI, Nvidia, and Intel Video Drivers may cause SP1 to fail 2 install! This is indeed what delayed the final release of SP1 according 2 a different website article that was featured in Back Page News last month by another Neowin Member. http://www.amd.com http://www.intel.com and http://www.nvidia.com

"The second feature is an update for HyperV in Windows Server 2008 R2 called "Dynamic Memory". The feature is as simple as it sounds -- it dynamically allocates memory to virtual machines as required and is able to remove memory from virtual machines when others need higher resources." - LOL, Vmware does that since ESX 3.5

I never install sp1 on an unpatched windows 7. I always use the windows 7 sp1 integrated iso and do a clean install

Q9650 said,
I never install sp1 on an unpatched windows 7. I always use the windows 7 sp1 integrated iso and do a clean install

I'm hoping that MS has solved service pack installation issues since Windows XP, and that I don't have to do that this time around.

I've had some issues at work on my SP1 Win7 Pro machine. Random freezes, apps crash/lock up and overall slowness of my machine. Might not be related but sure seems to coincide with me installing SP1..

raskren said,
Is it normal for the .net runtime optimization service to go crazy after installing a SP?

Yes it is. Let it run its course and it'll all settle down

I can see the return of the windows 7 34 language packs in windows update and some fresh new updates aswell

After doing a clean install of Windows 7 with SP1 9 updates are available on windows update. They also seemed to install a lot faster than before. Dunno, could be a placebo!

Great. So I installed the EXE's that Vishal Gupta linked to claiming to be RTM versions. Well, they weren't and now I have to uninstall and reinstall SP1 which is taking forever even with an SSD. Now the Windows Update version of SP1 won't install.

THANKS A LOT VISHAL!

It's your own responsibility for not going to the official webpage or Windows Update yourself.

Edited by .Neo, Feb 22 2011, 9:02pm :

raskren said,
Great. So I installed the EXE's that Vishal Gupta linked to claiming to be RTM versions. Well, they weren't and now I have to uninstall and reinstall SP1 which is taking forever even with an SSD. Now the Windows Update version of SP1 won't install.

THANKS A LOT VISHAL!


I'll still say that my links and official links are exactly same. Now Microsoft has added separate links for 32-bit and 64-bit at the official download page:

http://www.microsoft.com/downl...77cdfdda&displaylang=en

If you check my direct download links and official links, you'll find that both are same.

I just tried to help everyone. Sorry for any trouble you had.

raskren said,
Great. So I installed the EXE's that Vishal Gupta linked to claiming to be RTM versions. Well, they weren't and now I have to uninstall and reinstall SP1 which is taking forever even with an SSD. Now the Windows Update version of SP1 won't install.

THANKS A LOT VISHAL!

I told everyone to ignore them. They are a month out of date.

Oddly enough I just checked for updates after having SP1 on for a while (SHA1 checked out same as official) and I just got 3 more updates through my Windows Update when I checked now. Must have been some updates that didn't make the SP1 ...

Yeah did the update on our laptop, and the 82mb download took a very long time. Will wait to do the update on this PC untill a little later.. maybe servers wont be so busy. But so far so good with SP1.

Updated, took a while to install, but things appear to be snappier. Does anyone know if MS implemented bug fixes in SP1?

Azies said,
Updated, took a while to install, but things appear to be snappier. Does anyone know if MS implemented bug fixes in SP1?

No they didn't (sarcasm). What do you think?

testman said,

No they didn't (sarcasm). What do you think?

I don't know, Service Packs can sometimes be updates, and very little bug fixes, like Service Pack 3 on XP. All I know is that I have a speed up, and things appear to be snappier.

Azies said,

I don't know, Service Packs can sometimes be updates, and very little bug fixes, like Service Pack 3 on XP. All I know is that I have a speed up, and things appear to be snappier.


Very little? Actually there was a fair amount of bug fixes, about as much as XP SP1, Vista SP1 and Vista SP2. This is a usual service pack like every single other service pack for other version of Windows (with the exception of XP SP2, of course).

Azies said,
Updated, took a while to install, but things appear to be snappier. Does anyone know if MS implemented bug fixes in SP1?

Yes, quite a lot of them, which were not available through Windows Update. To quote Shotta35 earlier in the comments, "The service pack includes 625 updates total".

testman said,

Very little? Actually there was a fair amount of bug fixes, about as much as XP SP1, Vista SP1 and Vista SP2. This is a usual service pack like every single other service pack for other version of Windows (with the exception of XP SP2, of course).

Wow dude, get the stick out of your ass, your attitude is awful.

Just installed via Windows Update (64bit system). I notice the icon issue has been rectified (missing icons after install IE9Beta). That's the first thing I noticed.

Downloaded the damn thing, 2gb for the iso! Although I'm sure it's like a quarter of the size via automatic updates, but having to download the same service pack on 4 computers adds up.

Solid Knight said,
Will this work on XP?

This will categorically and absolutely NOT work on XP ... and FFS, please don't ask why not!

Solid Knight said,
Will this work on XP?

The.... urge.... to.... troll.... is.... rising...... UGGGGH!


C'mon Guys, don't you know that Windows XP is still the most popular Windows version out there? Microsoft should have made Windows 7 features backwards compatible with XP.

/Troll

Frylock86 said,

The.... urge.... to.... troll.... is.... rising...... UGGGGH!


C'mon Guys, don't you know that Windows XP is still the most popular Windows version out there? Microsoft should have made Windows 7 features backwards compatible with XP.

/Troll


Ha! They did - they called it Vista and 7 and you have to pay for it.

Was stuck at 24% initially, but checking task manager it was running TrustedInstaller.exe with quite a bit of CPU activity, finished downloading the rest soon after that.

Got the .iso from msdn and installed on our 3 laptops and main computer, no problems. The main computer I have always had glitches running Windows Media center for our xbox's but sp1 fixed all my problems, running smooth again. I like to reinstall the OS every 6 months to keep the systems fresh with the latest drivers, etc.

73mb here, too. Much better than a few 100mb of stuff I've already got.
Great work on W7, best OS MS have produced I'd say.

Just showed up on Windows update for me. Im going to wait a week or so though before installing to make sure any issues people have are discovered.

Roobaj said,
Dumb question-age:

If I reformatted my PC with Win7 SP1, will my old Win7 serial number work?

Do you mean your key you put in at install? If so, yes it should still work, as long as you install the same version (home premium, ultimate, etc) whether you use your original disk or an integrated sp1 iso.

ruhgster said,

Do you mean your key you put in at install? If so, yes it should still work, as long as you install the same version (home premium, ultimate, etc) whether you use your original disk or an integrated sp1 iso.


Thank you.

Udedenkz said,
Seems to be stuck at 50% installing.

It will complete, it does appear to "hang" at that point when it's actually not frozen. It will complete so be patient.

Dexmk said,
Here is it in Windows Update...just 73MB

If your machine is up to date on updates, you just get the missing hotfixes that wern't posted to WU. I just did a machine with WU and it was 201MB so it ranges depending on x86 or x64 and how many WU updates are needed also on top of the SP1 hotfixes..

Lord Zog said,

If your machine is up to date on updates, you just get the missing hotfixes that wern't posted to WU. I just did a machine with WU and it was 201MB so it ranges depending on x86 or x64 and how many WU updates are needed also on top of the SP1 hotfixes..

Yup...my machine is up to date

bj55555 said,
The build number for SP1 is 7601? That seems kind of odd that they'd increment the build number by only 1.

They did the same with Vista so it's not new. I believe it's a simple way for products to check what exact release of Windows is in use.

So if product X or Y needs Service Pack 1 or above to work they can check the build number from there.

when i downloaded this a few days ago from *ahem* i had a problem with my USB Host controller driver a few days after, I had no option but to reinstall my OS as a system restore didnt work

apperently there was a problem with the digital signature of the driver file, so i wont be updating to SP1 anytime soon

Unimatrix Xero said,
when i downloaded this a few days ago from *ahem* i had a problem with my USB Host controller driver a few days after, I had no option but to reinstall my OS as a system restore didnt work

apperently there was a problem with the digital signature of the driver file, so i wont be updating to SP1 anytime soon

Of the several USB-related driver files updated by SP1, three files, usbport.sys, usbehci.sys, and winusb.sys were only partially updated; i.e., the SP1 installer only updated the "repository" copies of these files--i.e., the copies found in WinSxS and DriverStore. The "active" copies, found in System32\Drivers, are not updated (this is a bug with the installer). People who did a new installation using an integrated ISO are not affected (both the "repository" and "active" copies are 7601) (so this only affects a 7600->7601 update), and other USB-related driver files seem to be unaffected (e.g., the SP1 installer updates both the "repository" and "active" copies of usbhub.sys).

Roobaj said,
Would love for someone to make a guide on how to slipstream Win7 ISO with this.

just get the entire ISO pre-made as they are online and the crc etc matches up with the official stuff from microsoft

ThaCrip said,

just get the entire ISO pre-made as they are online and the crc etc matches up with the official stuff from microsoft


I don't really know any good, legit sites.

Roobaj said,
Would love for someone to make a guide on how to slipstream Win7 ISO with this.

you could install it, use sysprep to generlize it, and then use imagex to capture the image and put it on the install dvd.

Roobaj said,

I don't really know any good, legit sites.

it don't matter where you get it... just verify the CRC32 etc against Microsoft's own hashes then you can be 100percent sure the ISO you downloaded is genuine.

i am sure it's got to be on torrent sites by now. i got mine from usenet though.

ThaCrip said,

it don't matter where you get it... just verify the CRC32 etc against Microsoft's own hashes then you can be 100percent sure the ISO you downloaded is genuine.

Well that's dangerous misinformation. CRC32 is NOT a cryptographic hash. It's fine for validating data if there's no reason to suspect tampering, but in THIS case i would absolutely not accept anything less than SHA-1 (a PROPER cryptographic hash) or MD5, which DO protect against tampering.

OK, people keep repeating the claim about RemoteFX improving virtual machines, allowing them access 3D and video, but I don't get that. Most virtual machine software does NOT make use of remote desktop for their display. How exactly is this supposed to help with that?

At a guess because you can interact with the VM via RDP with RemoteFX and get hardware acceleration that way, through the remote client, instead of interacting with the VM via the actual virtualisation software itself.

roadwarrior said,
OK, people keep repeating the claim about RemoteFX improving virtual machines, allowing them access 3D and video, but I don't get that. Most virtual machine software does NOT make use of remote desktop for their display. How exactly is this supposed to help with that?

RemoteFX is for remote desktop access, not for virtual machines.

roadwarrior said,
OK, people keep repeating the claim about RemoteFX improving virtual machines, allowing them access 3D and video, but I don't get that. Most virtual machine software does NOT make use of remote desktop for their display. How exactly is this supposed to help with that?

It's not really for virtual machines, its for RPD, instead of a generic virtual 2D graphics driver that it emulates for RDP (software is told I only support 2D when it asks the graphcis driver what I support) now it will say I support 3D, since the new RemoteFX graphics driver has 3D support and video support built right in, so it can render it on the server end, and push it to the thin client or RDP app as a video like stream, thus creating an emulated 3D graphcis driver for the RDP apps to take advantage of... which lets more apps work fine over RDP that wouldn't previosuly work or ran slow

sabrex said,

RemoteFX is for remote desktop access, not for virtual machines.

Yes, I know that, which is why I asked the question. Neowin keeps repeating the statement:

RemoteFX allows users to watch high-quality video and interact with 3D applications over a remote desktop session -- this will change the way Virtual Machines are used, as they have had limited display capabilities until now.

This statement makes no sense whatsoever. I can see it from the perspective that Phemo mentioned, but really, who uses a VM like that??

Finished downloading, but it moans about an invalid function on installation. I will wait until Windows Update and let that handle it.

Error: ERROR_INVALID_FUNCTION(0x80070001)

Choto Cheeta said,
Any individual download links for x86 and x64 ???

No. It's the full SP, and will install the appropriate files.

Frylock86 said,

No. It's the full SP, and will install the appropriate files.

The ISO contains the update for Itanium, X64 and x86 versions of Win7/Windows2008, each of them is a seperate update file. I think of the top of my head the x86 version clocks at 550mb odd and the x64 is close to 1gb

It's a slow process I suppose updating all the different sections on Microsoft's complex website...The RC1 is still available for download. lol

They will most likely have separate downloads for x86 and x64 soon....instead of the combo 2gb DVD .iso

.Kompressor said,
It's a slow process I suppose updating all the different sections on Microsoft's complex website...The RC1 is still available for download. lol

They will most likely have separate downloads for x86 and x64 soon....instead of the combo 2gb DVD .iso

Exactly. i am waiting for the x64 version as 2GB is way to much when that's all i need.

although technically, i already got the "windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe" that was on Neowin a while ago which was said to be the SP1 RTM. (which i am sure is legit as my Windows 7 says Service Pack 1 and it has a digital signature. i just want to check it against the one from microsofts website is all since i don't think they have a CRC32 etc out for the SP1 itself to my knowledge)

plus i already download the Windows 7 Home Premium x64 ISO (CRC32 checks out the same as Technet so i know it's legit) that i got from usenet.

EDIT: it appears someone below posted links right from Microsofts website and it's exact same name as the file i got from neowin a while back now. so odds are i won't even need to download and check it.

uus831 said,

I'm on a 1Mbps connection only here.

So download it overnight (which is what I typically do for those really porky downloads, despite a 20 Mb/second cable broadband connection). And why do I download Service Pack ISOs, despite the high-speed broadband connection? Easily answered - I support more PCs than just mine; some of which only have a wireless connection to the Internet (and some with NO Internet connection at all).

Digitalx said,
no non dvd version ?

Well can just just download it and extract it, or wait for it to be on Windows Update later on.

Digitalx said,
no non dvd version ?

Everything Microsoft makes is on DVD now and 4 good reason: with the Integrated Disk ringing up @ 3GB and Stand Alone @ 2GB, it makes it very difficult 2 develop them in CD format! Not 2 mention the fact that even the 2 cheap computers that I bought last year 4 $300.00 each, they both came with DVD Burners! I got them from Dell Direct.

leo221 said,
if you install for win7, you won't notice a thing.

We already know that are no new features in Win7 SP1, so what are you trying to say?

leo221 said,
if you install for win7, you won't notice a thing.

So you're saying that people running Windows 7 shouldn't update just because they won't notice any difference?

You do realise that service packs are just a collection of updates, don't you?

neo158 said,

So you're saying that people running Windows 7 shouldn't update just because they won't notice any difference?
You do realise that service packs are just a collection of updates, don't you?

I believe he is asking if there is a point if your system is already up to date, wouldn't sp1 just be installing what is already installed?
Also, service packs are not just a collection of updates, and they do install new features, ie, 2 new features for server 2008. Not trying to be rude, just getting it straight.

Microsoft released about 88 updates to Windows Update for Windows 7. The service pack includes 625 updates total so as you can see there are tons more updates and fixes that are included that was never released to Windows Update. So if all you've been doing is keeping your system updated via that way then there's plenty to be had with SP1.

StevenNT said,

We already know that are no new features in Win7 SP1, so what are you trying to say?

i said what i said. that's all.

KnightWolf said,

I believe he is asking if there is a point if your system is already up to date, wouldn't sp1 just be installing what is already installed?
Also, service packs are not just a collection of updates, and they do install new features, ie, 2 new features for server 2008. Not trying to be rude, just getting it straight.

OP said nothing about Windows Server 2008 R2 so, for Windows 7 it's nothing more than a collection of updates.

neo158 said,

OP said nothing about Windows Server 2008 R2 so, for Windows 7 it's nothing more than a collection of updates.

Was talking to you... You said service packs where nothing but collections of updates, server 2008 was just an example of service packs not just being a collection of updates... Lol, sorry for the confusion, just thought you were making a broad assessment of service packs... Anyway, no harm intended

neo158 said,

OP said nothing about Windows Server 2008 R2 so, for Windows 7 it's nothing more than a collection of updates.

SP's also incluse the hotfixes that dont get pushed out via windows update but are available on demand if you experience specific issues (you search for your problem, you find the KB article and download the hotfix - they do not get pushed out), service packs should always be installed as they 'fill in' these gaps in the OS as well as roll all updates previously available and probably installed via windows update.

So users with niggly issues could well find the SP solves them, or adds some stability in certain areas simply due to the hotfixes that they will not have installed being applied.

Shishant said,
Is this full OS with SP1 or just SP1 setup...? Can you please also provide link for full OS with SP1 (Genuine OS only)

This is just a compilation of all SP1 variants (x86, x64)

Shishant said,
Is this full OS with SP1 or just SP1 setup...? Can you please also provide link for full OS with SP1 (Genuine OS only)
Only MSDN, TechNet, and Volume Licence customers get free access 2 the Integrated Builds! What you just posted is a request 4 software piracy which is against the laws of most countries, and may cause you 2 be reported 2 piracy@Microsoft.com!