Post Windows 7 SP1 already contains 100+ updates

Russian website Wzor has obtained a list of updates compiled for Windows 7 Service Pack 2 (SP2), which is planned to ship sometime in the middle of 2012, The site claims that work on Windows 7 SP2 started in the fall of 2010, ahead of the finalization of SP1.

Microsoft is said to include no less than 132 updates for x86 Windows 7 SP2, as much as 171 updates for x64 Windows 7 SP2 and 114 updates for IA-64 Windows Server 2008 R2 SP2 systems.

Microsoft had previously released an RC version of its upcoming service pack last October. The version, windows6.1-KB976932, had been officially released possibly due to the leaked version surfacing earlier in the same week. The Service Pack will provide several enhancements to Windows 7 including Remote FX and many incremental updates to the platform. The Release Candidate can be found here and weighs in at 865.4MB for the 64 bit version and 514.7MB for the 32 bit version.

The build reportedly went final on January 18, 2011, according to Techarp, and subsequently leaked to torrent sites on January 20th.

Here are the details of the reportedly final RTM build:

x86
Build: 7601.17514.101119-1850
File: Windows6.1-KB976932-X86.exe
Size: 563,934,504 bytes
SHA-1: C3516BC5C9E69FEE6D9AC4F981F5B95977A8A2FA
MD5: 4BF28FC00D86C936C89E2D91EF46758B
CRC: 5EB0FA87

x64
Build: 7601.17514.101119-1850
File: Windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe
Size: 947,070,088 bytes
SHA-1: 74865EF2562006E51D7F9333B4A8D45B7A749DAB
MD5: 28D3932F714BF71D78E75D36AA2E0FB8
CRC: 068C79C6

Microsoft have yet to announce a date to ship SP1 stating rather vaguely that it will be made available in the first half of 2011 as an integrated release.

As this release is an RC, a release candidate, it should be a stable version of the service pack, but as with any software that is not the final release version, install at your own risk.

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I've been tempted to download the RTM from some torrent sites, but I fear that could be different from the Official or it brings some unexpected problems.

I just hope don't start shipping IE9 with future SP.

SP1 has not been officially released yet.

But it's interesting to see all these pre-SP2 fixes out already!

Raa said,
SP1 has not been officially released yet.

But it's interesting to see all these pre-SP2 fixes out already!

funny as they don't appear in windows update on either pre sp1 or sp1

Leroy Jethro Gibbs said,

funny as they don't appear in windows update on either pre sp1 or sp1


Many (if not all) will be "on demand" fixes. The ones they give out when you have a specific problem that needs addressing, not like the usual security fixes.

No point wait until the offical release. 100+ updates, I hope one of them is the annoying missing icon when you click on an .exe i.e. install.exe open goes to an unrecongised icon.

I'm downloading/installing for the heck of it. Taking longer than I expected since I try and stay up to date. Hopefully it won't install language packs or anything extraneous like that. De todos modos, parece hasta ahora buena... ah mierda!

texasghost said,
And people wonder why their computers start to slow down. It's rediculous to have so many updates like that.

And what else do you do? People/programs need bug fixes and security patches

Riggers said,

And what else do you do? People/programs need bug fixes and security patches

I agree...and just about every software on this planet requires updates and patches...but in Microsoft's case...to have over 100 updates already for the service pack...that's just crazy.

texasghost said,
And people wonder why their computers start to slow down. It's rediculous to have so many updates like that.

Where do you get the idea that updates decrease performance? This just doesn't make sense.

Historically Windows Updates, primarily Service Packs, have increased performance as they update older code with more optimized variations.

texasghost said,
And people wonder why their computers start to slow down. It's rediculous to have so many updates like that.

That's silly. Updating, fixing, and optimizing code generally improves performance. The only times I remember an update killing performance was installing the IE4-shell on Windows 95, and updating my iPhone from 3.x to 4.x.

texasghost said,
And people wonder why their computers start to slow down. It's rediculous to have so many updates like that.

Is a misconception. People associate the accumulation of dust (therefore heat) and the gradual degrade of hardware as well as the speed of newer machines is the cause of actual slowing down and perceived slowing down, but I know a lot of people blame it on updates because they think is bloating their computer.

Frazell Thomas said,

Where do you get the idea that updates decrease performance? This just doesn't make sense.

Historically Windows Updates, primarily Service Packs, have increased performance as they update older code with more optimized variations.

This is what I'm thinking...

Eddo89 said,

Is a misconception. People associate the accumulation of dust (therefore heat) and the gradual degrade of hardware as well as the speed of newer machines is the cause of actual slowing down and perceived slowing down, but I know a lot of people blame it on updates because they think is bloating their computer.

This.

Frazell Thomas said,

Where do you get the idea that updates decrease performance? This just doesn't make sense.

Historically Windows Updates, primarily Service Packs, have increased performance as they update older code with more optimized variations.

I've had patches that have KILLED performance with XP and Vista both. There was a widely know and very common one for XP. I agree that in general they should be better, but not always.

Why is this news? Microsoft draws a line in the sand to begin testing on the service packs. It's not like they can constantly add more and more patches to them. If they did that, the bloody things would never be released.

ahhell said,
Why is this news? Microsoft draws a line in the sand to begin testing on the service packs. It's not like they can constantly add more and more patches to them. If they did that, the bloody things would never be released.
The number is the bit of news here (plus the general status update on SP1).

I'm starting to think the leaked SP1 isn't final. It's causing frequent lock-ups and crashing of the DWM on my laptop. It also broke DLNA sharing.

floopy said,
I'm starting to think the leaked SP1 isn't final. It's causing frequent lock-ups and crashing of the DWM on my laptop. It also broke DLNA sharing.

Running it at home with no problems whatsoever. This could be your display driver not working with SP1

floopy said,
I'm starting to think the leaked SP1 isn't final. It's causing frequent lock-ups and crashing of the DWM on my laptop. It also broke DLNA sharing.

How do you know it is caused by SP1 and not drivers that need updating? the whole point of a early release to OEM's is for testing with drivers and software.

[quote=floopy said,]I'm starting to think the leaked SP1 isn't final.quote]
It's certainly not the official final release. Always a chance they can slip in an "last minute fix"...

Tom W said,
Kinda obvious that Microsoft is already working on SP2 since SP1 has RTM'd.

Hasn't stopped us reporting as much in the past

Tom W said,
Kinda obvious that Microsoft is already working on SP2 since SP1 has RTM'd.

Except SP1 hasn't RTM'd officially. If it has, can you provide the credible source for that?

Raa said,

Except SP1 hasn't RTM'd officially. If it has, can you provide the credible source for that?

(officially) lance bass (i think thats his name, the dude from n'sync) wasn't gay, until last year

Leroy Jethro Gibbs said,

(officially) lance bass (i think thats his name, the dude from n'sync) wasn't gay, until last year

Haha, nice one!

Why does the title mention the numer of updates in SP1 when the article talks about the number of updates in SP2...

HawkMan said,
Why does the title mention the numer of updates in SP1 when the article talks about the number of updates in SP2...

Post SP1 means, after SP1.