Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 hits Windows Update

Just four hours ago, Neowin reported that Microsoft had released the download links for Windows 7 SP1 on their website.

The time it would take for them to push it to Windows update was unknown but now we know – four hours. The service pack is now available on Windows update.

Windows update was the likely method of download as the standalone installer required up to 8GB of free disk space to install whereas it seems through Windows update requires a maximum of 540MB.  For users with only a few PC’s to worry about, Windows update is the likely route however those with a greater amount can choose between the standalone installer or online installation which requires up to 1GB to install.

As reported earlier, SP1 only comes with two major new features, those being RemoteFX and HyperV - features that shouldn’t affect the majority of users. However likewise with most SP’s that Microsoft release for Windows it comes with some security fixes and other minor tweaks.

Microsoft has provided a spreadsheet of the changes and security fixes in which we can see in detail the changes that have been made. 

To download the Windows Service Pack 1:
x86 standalone installer (microsoft.com)
x64 standalone installer (microsoft.com)

Windows Update (Start>All programs>Windows Update>Check for updates)
 

 

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hmmm SP1 has buggered my Task Manager and made it unusable it also changed some system setting somewhere so that now when I open services.msc I get an error saying it can't load an activeX control so wont allow extended view the error goes on to tell me that either I don't have enough security permissions or that I blocked it (really) so how come it work before SP1 and now it's screwed F@#$%^&*&^%$# MS ... just another Sh!tpack from Microshaft yup good on ya guys way to go

For now it works okay. I experienced some glitches with WASAPI, but nothing unbearable. I haven't tested gaming performance yet, but after my exams I'll have a little more time to review.

less than 24hrs after install and win update is saying i need to update both drivers for MS wireless laser 6000 keyboard/mouse combo with exactly the same version that was already installed,, o_O and re-offered all the stupid language updates that I'd originally told it to hide... but on the brighter side of things it only took 3/4hr and 1 reboot to install and it was done I also made a new bootable USB stick with SP1 slipstreamed into it just in case (thanks to RT7Lite)

Anyone who still uses service packs to update their existing installation at home install instead of installing with a setup that has SP1 embedded, is someone who is obviously clueless when it comes to Windows. Oops, that's about 95% of the people who commented.

sbdb said,
Anyone who still uses service packs to update their existing installation at home install instead of installing with a setup that has SP1 embedded, is someone who is obviously clueless when it comes to Windows. Oops, that's about 95% of the people who commented.

Anyone who reformats their entire system just to install a Service Pack is obviously clueless when it comes to Windows. Oops, did I say that out loud.

sbdb said,
Anyone who still uses service packs to update their existing installation at home install instead of installing with a setup that has SP1 embedded, is someone who is obviously clueless when it comes to Windows. Oops, that's about 95% of the people who commented.

why would I want to do something that's going to take me 4+ hours of frigging round of backing up save game files and docs/pics/music/vids format C:\ reinstall windows + drivers + games / apps when it only takes less than an hr to just run the update over an live system... your way of thinking is idiocy

System restore will not load. Add remove programs and then updates loads but I cannot get them to uninstall, the menu pops up and I click uninstall but it does not run.

I've even tried modifying permissions since it said something about permissions but to no avail nothing works.

sweetpoison07 said,
System restore will not load. Add remove programs and then updates loads but I cannot get them to uninstall, the menu pops up and I click uninstall but it does not run.

I've even tried modifying permissions since it said something about permissions but to no avail nothing works.

I get a permissions error about ActiveX when trying to view services in extended view::

! one or more ActiveX controls could not be viewed because:
1) Your current security settings prohibit running ActiveX controls on this page or
2) You have blocked a publisher of one of the controls

As a result this page may not work correctly ....

Errr WTH WTF I haven't done any such thing pre SP1 it worked fine now post SP1 it spits the dummy

This update killed my computer. I cannot run any exe files at all now. I get the error: "Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have the appropriate permissions to access the item."

I'm screwed I have an oem copy pre-installed and now I don't know how to fix this I've googled it but since sp1 is pretty new I see no one else with this problem I'm royally ****ed.

BEWARE!!!

Updated with only one issue and it was during the UNINSTALL of SP1 Beta. After Uninstall windows loaded and immediately hit me with a "this isn't Genuine Windows Software...blah blah". I have no hack mods or BIOS mods on my machine.

Hit WU and installed updates + SP1 with no issues. Seems to be running fine with my various games and Adobe Suite.

FYI - Win Genuine issue was resolved evidently. Officially no further issues and appears to be running just as it was before (No indication its any slower or faster...)

Win 7 Ultimate 64bit

I'm (im)patiently waiting for it to hit WSUS. The test run with the stand-alone installers worked brilliantly on Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2.

I formatted using a Windows 7 Ultimate disc that has sp1 integrated, for some reason, my wei for disk drive went from 5.9 to a 7.0, lol, not that I'm complaining,might be a glitch since I have a good ole regular hard drive,nothing fancy

MrWhistler said,
I formatted using a Windows 7 Ultimate disc that has sp1 integrated, for some reason, my wei for disk drive went from 5.9 to a 7.0, lol, not that I'm complaining,might be a glitch since I have a good ole regular hard drive,nothing fancy

Yeah, that has to be an error, since any non-SSD drive should max out at 5.9.

I installed it yesterday through windows update in two machines. Suddenly, on the desktop of one of them the "Test Mode Windows 7 Build 7601" appeared. Has anybody any clue why? It's not the beta, I got it through windows update!

menes said,
I installed it yesterday through windows update in two machines. Suddenly, on the desktop of one of them the "Test Mode Windows 7 Build 7601" appeared. Has anybody any clue why? It's not the beta, I got it through windows update!

mine says test mode as im in unsigned driver mode so i can use my xbox gamepad

DKAngel said,

mine says test mode as im in unsigned driver mode so i can use my xbox gamepad

Uh, by xbox game pad you mean an Xbox 360 Controller correct? There are certified drivers for that...

reLapse said,
See little to no reason to install this.

Yes there is, MS won't support Pre-SP1 Win7 systems forever, eventually you end up unsupported till you for off your butt to install it.

StevenNT said,
Yes there is, MS won't support Pre-SP1 Win7 systems forever, eventually you end up unsupported till you for off your butt to install it.

That's not a concern.

StevenNT said,
Yes there is, MS won't support Pre-SP1 Win7 systems forever, eventually you end up unsupported till you for off your butt to install it.

You obviously have no clue what "unsupported" means lol

soonerproud said,
That was painless! It took all of 10 minutes to download and install. SSD's rock!

I didn't know that SSD make downloads that fast, I need to get me a few.

Idiot....

Very good! Pc is a bit slow after the update but i am hoping it will speed up over time. What is the command to remove temp files from updates?

qdave said,
Very good! Pc is a bit slow after the update but i am hoping it will speed up over time. What is the command to remove temp files from updates?

Disk cleanup option?

qdave said,
Very good! Pc is a bit slow after the update but i am hoping it will speed up over time. What is the command to remove temp files from updates?

Also check Task Manager and you will see the .net Runtime Optimization Service taking up ~50% of the CPU as it re-compiles all the assemblies (both 32 and 64Bit on a 64Bit machine). It should go away after a short while.

Yeah i saw the other updates from today as well as SP1 installed on both PC's, took about 30 minutes on the laptop vs like 5 on the desktop but so far so good.

Well, that was an uneventful update. Didn't even get asked to accept a new EULA.

I wonder if that means they'll eventually change it to a fully automatic update somewhere down the road. It would be nice, because it's not hard to find neglected installations still running XP SP2 or Vista SP1 just because nobody ever uses an administrative account and thus never gets asked to hit "I accept".

Theres also three other updates with this. One was an update to the WAT which seemed to overide some activation hacks. There was also an update type in the Optional updates that said it made some performance changes. Intresting.

xbamaris said,
Theres also three other updates with this. One was an update to the WAT which seemed to overide some activation hacks. There was also an update type in the Optional updates that said it made some performance changes. Intresting.

No such update for WAT in the list for me.

cork1958 said,

No such update for WAT in the list for me.

The Update didnt specifically state WAT, but its obvious its what it deals with, it looks for altered files that Windows uses to activate

I just did mine sunday night backed up first then installed the technet full x64 standalone install but it still had to download a .cab update during the process went smooth but took awhile about 35 - 45 minutes.

Benjy91 said,
And Microsoft didn't charge us $30 for the Service Pack! =D

Here we have another ignorant poster who thinks that new releases of OS X (which happen to add many new features, unlike service packs) are the same thing as a service pack on Windows.

roadwarrior said,

Here we have another ignorant poster who thinks that new releases of OS X (which happen to add many new features, unlike service packs) are the same thing as a service pack on Windows.

While generally true I'm not sure Snow Leopard really added anything that could not have been in a service pack.

bob_c_b said,

While generally true I'm not sure Snow Leopard really added anything that could not have been in a service pack.

Let me repeat this for those who can't seem to get this through their thick skulls: service packs (on Windows or OS X) DO NOT normally add features. The one and ONLY exception was the security center that was added with XP SP2. Why the **** are people here so ****ing ignorant about this?? Oh, yeah, that's right, because the majority of the dumbasses here who post that kind of ignorant nonsense were barely even old enough to use a computer when XP came out, much less anything older.

FrostAM said,
Will this screw up my uxtheme patch? I really like using various themes, the default gets boring quick.

I'm sure it will.

It probably will as the patchers modify system files that would be replaced with newer ones in the SP.

You're better off using UxStyle. Works fine here and still worked after the update (though I had to re-do my start orb).

protocol7 said,
It probably will as the patchers modify system files that would be replaced with newer ones in the SP.

You're better off using UxStyle. Works fine here and still worked after the update (though I had to re-do my start orb).

That's actually the one I'm using, glad to hear it still works.

Apple-a-Day said,
There goes all the pirated copies ...LOL it has the kb patch that detects illegal copies

um, my "friend" has a loader that was not impacted one way or another by SP1, so, you might want to check your intel

Apple-a-Day said,
There goes all the pirated copies ...LOL it has the kb patch that detects illegal copies

You my friend have no idea what you are talking about.. ever heard about RemoveWAT or Chew WGA? google it!

Apple-a-Day said,
There goes all the pirated copies ...LOL it has the kb patch that detects illegal copies

And that patch does NOT detect machines with patched BIOSs running OEM activation, even with SP1. Yeah, it might get the casual pirates who rely on simple software patches, but it doesn't get them all, as you stated.

Apple-a-Day said,
There goes all the pirated copies ...LOL it has the kb patch that detects illegal copies

Lol if you use newest tools it gets not detected....this was already found out at the leaked version

Apple-a-Day said,
There goes all the pirated copies ...LOL it has the kb patch that detects illegal copies

You poor noob , if you knew anything about computers, you would know that all people who have an updated SLIC for their motherboard are using Vista since 2006 or Windows 7 as if it's a 100% legitimate system that even allows them to get any update they want, year in year out. No crack, no loader and other nonsense needed.

i start my new build tomorrow so ill be skipping the windows update. i did however download an untouched windows 7 ultimate with the RTM SP1 splitstreamed. the RTM is the same build as this right? 7601.17514.101119-1850

I DON'T UNDERSTAND why people complain about the lack of new features, be thankful about that, new features means new bugs and incompatibility, this service pack is the best ever in my opinion because it fix several obscure bugs and improves stability and performance across windows, while not changing the appearance or usability.

syobon999 said,
I DON'T UNDERSTAND why people complain about the lack of new features

The only people who complain about that are the ignorant ones who think that XP SP2 was the "normal" thing for service packs, when it was the exception. Service packs on Windows (barring that one exception) NEVER include new features.

Actually says 'You Will' have to restart, not 'you might' like it always does.

Ive always wondered why they gave false hope before.

Everything went smoothly with me also. Windows 7 Professional 32bit up to date on updates before today and the download was 62.7mb. Good luck to all those running the update, hope all goes well for you also.

However likewise with most SP's that Microsoft release for Windows it comes with some security fixes and other minor tweaks.

Some? You mean ALL security fixes released up until now, as well as all important and critical updates released up until now along with a large number of fixes not previously released.

Everything good on this end. All 3 of my computers updated Just fine. My media center worked. My laptop worked with windows update. My machine failed with the full install but I Think that's because I didn't reboot before trying to install it. It was acting wanky. After I rebooted and installed via windows update it worked first try.

Also have my external 2.5 inch hard drive updated with the Full versions of windows 7 64bit and 32bit Sp1 for Windows 7 re installs. Also have setup DVD's burned for both.

Did a test install of Windows 7 64bit with SP1 off the external hard drive on a dell core 2 test machine. Everything worked great.

I'm currently updating my Windows 7 64bit Vmware virtual machine to SP1 after that

I'm set!

warwagon said,
Everything good on this end. All 3 of my computers updated Just fine. My media center worked. My laptop worked with windows update. My machine failed with the full install but I Think that's because I didn't reboot before trying to install it. It was acting wanky. After I rebooted and installed via windows update it worked first try.

Also have my external 2.5 inch hard drive updated with the Full versions of windows 7 64bit and 32bit Sp1 for Windows 7 re installs. Also have setup DVD's burned for both.

Did a test install of Windows 7 64bit with SP1 off the external hard drive on a dell core 2 test machine. Everything worked great.

I'm currently updating my Windows 7 64bit Vmware virtual machine to SP1 after that

I'm set!

In my case, I grabbed the SP1 DVD image (also yesterday) and started with my own desktop (which had been reloaded due to a corrupted graphics driver install). Things are snappier graphicswise than they were with SP 1 RC + IE9 beta (I now have SP 1 + IE9 RC); however, I have not re-run WinSAT yet to see if it's urban legend or real performance gains. In any case, Mom's desktop (also 7 Ultimate x64) is due up later this AM (it's currently 0842 EST).

That was a slow download, but I've now got it running on both 32-bit and 64-bit without any issues! The random white panel it shows when installation is successful is quite strange, was some text supposed to go here?

hotdog963al said,
That was a slow download, but I've now got it running on both 32-bit and 64-bit without any issues! The random white panel it shows when installation is successful is quite strange, was some text supposed to go here?

Yea, I guess it should not have appeared for installations done via Windows Update.

I did mine manually last week from my TechNet Download. The text just says along the lines of it was installed successfully.

Does anyone know if SP1 is set to be installed by default? I can't get to my brothers computer to install this at present so wondering if it'll install automatically for me?

I know with previous Service Packs seem to require user intervention to be installed which is a bit stupid as I've seen quite a few Vista Computers I've had to repair not have any SP's installed at all and were internet connected, so hope Win7 solves that stupidity.

StevenNT said,
Does anyone know if SP1 is set to be installed by default? I can't get to my brothers computer to install this at present so wondering if it'll install automatically for me?

I know with previous Service Packs seem to require user intervention to be installed which is a bit stupid as I've seen quite a few Vista Computers I've had to repair not have any SP's installed at all and were internet connected, so hope Win7 solves that stupidity.

Actually it isn't as stupid of a move as you think. Service Packs require user intervention because they are a severe and time consuming update. There is a potential risk of a failed update if there is a crash or a forced power off so it is best if the user is aware of it's installation.

shinji257 said,

Actually it isn't as stupid of a move as you think. Service Packs require user intervention because they are a severe and time consuming update. There is a potential risk of a failed update if there is a crash or a forced power off so it is best if the user is aware of it's installation.

I hope you also see my point that quite a few don't bother and eventually end up with technically an unsupported installation with no SP's are installed and eventually MSFT even stops updating it.

StevenNT said,
Does anyone know if SP1 is set to be installed by default? I can't get to my brothers computer to install this at present so wondering if it'll install automatically for me?

I know with previous Service Packs seem to require user intervention to be installed which is a bit stupid as I've seen quite a few Vista Computers I've had to repair not have any SP's installed at all and were internet connected, so hope Win7 solves that stupidity.

I understand your complaint, but keep in mind that Service Packs can break compatibility with software being ran in companies and businesses. If it defaulted to automatic installation, there could be a ton of problems.

Although Microsoft releases a tool to block the installation of Service Packs, it is wise to require user input before installing them.

shinji257 said,

Actually it isn't as stupid of a move as you think. Service Packs require user intervention because they are a severe and time consuming update. There is a potential risk of a failed update if there is a crash or a forced power off so it is best if the user is aware of it's installation.

That explains then why almost every vista machine I come across still only has service pack 1 and is missing service pack 2. Or some machines are missing service pack 3 for XP.

It better at least be checked by default in a week or so and show up next to the clock and not be hiding like the rest of the windows 7 tray icons, or the average user will NOT get it installed.

Edited by warwagon, Feb 22 2011, 10:49pm :

warwagon said,

That explains then why almost every vista machine I come across still only has service pack 1 and is missing service pack 2. Or some machines are missing service pack 3 for XP.

It better at least be checked by default in a week or so and show up next to the clock and not be hiding like the rest of the windows 7 tray icons, or the average user will NOT get it installed.

Amen, I agree. But I'd go one step further and say I think it should be forced after a certain date like when MSFT no longer supports such an install. Saves some of us time and effort to being computers up to date.

neufuse said,
darn windows update isnt working for me gets to 15% then errors out every single time ugh

downloading that is

neufuse said,

downloading that is

Yeah same here as well, every mothers uncle, sister father brother is downloading it all at the same time. I think, I'll wait unti tomorrow.

neufuse said,
darn windows update isnt working for me gets to 15% then errors out every single time ugh

Same thing happened to me, my laptop failed downloading at 76% so I ran the troubleshooter and that seemed to fix some components and probably wiped out the failed update. I tried downloading it after running the troubleshooter and now I have SP1 installed.

Well that was scary. I installed SP1 and my computer rebooted. It came up to the part where it says stage 1 of 2 and then never said stage 2 it just went straight to the welcome screen where it froze and then blue screened. Great! It looked like an ATI driver was what caused the blue screen. Rebooted and after POST my computer just sat there with a flashing _

I ran and grabbed my Win7 install disc and had it automatically repair my startup and now I am back and running. No blue screens so far but I think I am going to see if there is a newer ATI driver just in case!

chrizzle30 said,
Well that was scary. I installed SP1 and my computer rebooted. It came up to the part where it says stage 1 of 2 and then never said stage 2 it just went straight to the welcome screen where it froze and then blue screened. Great! It looked like an ATI driver was what caused the blue screen. Rebooted and after POST my computer just sat there with a flashing _

I ran and grabbed my Win7 install disc and had it automatically repair my startup and now I am back and running. No blue screens so far but I think I am going to see if there is a newer ATI driver just in case!

Well updated mom's Home Premium and it tripped up to inform me of the readiness tool and it worked. Never did this on my brothers 7 Ultimate and after installing for 8 hours it rebooted and froze on the boot screen midway thru and will stay there. So doing a restore. Guess SP1 isn't quite ready. and this was from the ISO.