Windows 7 SP1 automatic installation will start happening tomorrow

Microsoft has announced that Windows 7 SP1 will begin rolling out to consumers via Windows Update starting tomorrow. Windows 7 SP1 is over two years old and if you haven’t upgraded by now, Microsoft will do you a favor and apply it to your machine for you.

Not all PCs running Windows 7 RTM (RTM will no longer be supported after April 9th, 2013) will receive the update as those machines that are managed by a Microsoft management tool such as Systems Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) or WSUS Server will be able to void SP1 if necessary.

Seeing that SP1 includes many security enhancements and general bug fixes for the OS, it’s hard to find a reason why the average consumer would not want the update on their machine.

The rollout, like all other large updates from Microsoft, will be released gradually over the coming weeks and you should be prepared for the update to take a bit of time to install.

If you do not currently have SP1 installed, be on the lookout in the near future as Microsoft is about to install it on your machine to make sure you have the latest goods to keep your computer running smoothly.

Source: Microsoft

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I don't expect we will get SP2 for Windows 7, but we really need one. If you do a clean install of Windows 7 with SP1, the amount of updates needed is ridiculous. Windows Update even lists both IE9 and IE10! Though I know an IE update certainly wouldn't be included in a service pack. That really annoyed me back in the days of XP SP3.

We always disable auto updates as we have had to many computers bork after an update. We usually apply them manually once a quarter.

I am glad WSUS is excluded.

No lol

If you haven't ever had to repair windows from an update that caused a corruption somewhere... you haven't been repairing them long enough.

Apparently not, which is why I see a lot of PC's that don't already have it. Although with someone missing Sp1 of 7 doesn't annoy me as bad as someone missing Sp2 of Vista. Because if someone still hasn't install sp2 for vista chances are it will not successfully install.

Hope this means my IT org will finally apply SP1 to our corporate desktops.
Snapping window on muliti-monitor setup is the big fix I'm personally waiting for.

deadonthefloor said,
Hope this means my IT org will finally apply SP1 to our corporate desktops.
Snapping window on muliti-monitor setup is the big fix I'm personally waiting for.

Something tells me your IT will be blocking an automatic roll out.

Sweet. This should save me some time, Installing SP1 on peoples machines. I'm always annoyed when I check a persons machine and it has Windows 7 missing service pack 1.

its funny that the 4 comments above you that have the same overall message as yours all have likes, and your sadly for some odd reason does not yet have any likes, as of me writing this

TRC said,
I think it's probably because asking for likes is kind of looked down upon.

As far as I know these likes don't count again your over all total likes number. These are separate from the forum.

CJ33 said,
its funny that the 4 comments above you that have the same overall message as yours all have likes, and your sadly for some odd reason does not yet have any likes, as of me writing this

It's fine. I just wanted to send a message that it was getting a bit repetitive and the likes were a bit of a circlejerk as well.

DAOWAce said,
I said the same thing with SP3 for Vista.

Instead of doing that, they released Windows 7, essentially Vista SE, which I'm still upset about to this day: http://imgur.com/a/DXZ0G

I always use details view, so #2-3 and #6-7 are not a problem for me. If you use the details view, you get the column headers. Icon view and tile view are unnecessary. I don't need to see giant icons everywhere.

Same. That's exactly why I love seeing Windows 8 add the forced reboot on Friday's to apply automatic updates.

Frankly, I'm of the mindset that you should have to be an advanced user to turn off automatic updates through some buried setting.

Same here too, yet I never found that installing those updates as part of my 'fixing' their computers ever fixed the issue at hand either.

pickypg said,
Same. That's exactly why I love seeing Windows 8 add the forced reboot on Friday's to apply automatic updates.

Frankly, I'm of the mindset that you should have to be an advanced user to turn off automatic updates through some buried setting.


Control panel > Windows update > change settings is buried?
Its exactly the same as on previous Windows'

Shadowzz said,
Control panel > Windows update > change settings is buried?
Its exactly the same as on previous Windows'

correct.
His point was it should be Harder to disable automatic updates. Like a pure regedit with no GUI option.
Let's not forget the install time / first boot option to set automatic updates. I would suspect pickypg would like that removed as well.

Shadowzz said,

Control panel > Windows update > change settings is buried?
Its exactly the same as on previous Windows'

No, I'm saying that it should be buried; not that it is buried. deadonthefloor is exactly right, particularly with the first boot option.

coch said,
Same here too, yet I never found that installing those updates as part of my 'fixing' their computers ever fixed the issue at hand either.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of security patches can only close the door. They do not throw out the riff-raff that came in while it was open, usually because they don't know what it is.

The thing that drives me nuts is how I'm never quite certain which updates have to be installed before I can install SP1.

Having to install updates to install updates to install an update is ridiculous.

pickypg said,

No, I'm saying that it should be buried; not that it is buried. deadonthefloor is exactly right, particularly with the first boot option.

Alright my bad

"Seeing that SP1 includes many security enhancements and general bug fixes for the OS, it's hard to find a reason why the average consumer would not want the update on their machine."

Mostly the odd ones who turn off automatic updates, because they are annoyed by the popups.
They're also the ones who install everything that they can find, so ymmv..... ;-)