Windows 7 SP1 beta leaks to the web

The highly anticipated Windows 7 SP1 has leaked to the web.  The new service pack provides many updates to the platform but does not introduce any drastic changes or new features.  The impact of the service pack is expected to be minimal as the service pack is relatively light compared to some service packs in the past.  The build number for this leak is 7601.16562.100603-1800

According to Ngohq.com, “The impact of SP1 on the Windows 7 client operating system is considered to be minimal. Included changes are expected to address minor usability issues in specific scenarios, as outlined in this document. Microsoft recommends that organizations do not need to wait for SP1 to begin receiving the value of Windows 7 today as we don’t anticipate the SP1 for Windows 7 to be substantial.”

Service pack 1 represents a milestone for not only Microsoft but many IT departments around the world.  It is general policy to not update an operating system until the first service pack is out.  As IT departments are fundamentally cautious, they will not adopt a new operating system until the first major update is completed to remove the intial bugs.  

Microsoft revealed its plans for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 earlier this month 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.

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bitbucket said,
has anyone tested the uninstall for the service pack?


As I never installed an SP beta before what's the procedure for installing the final version when it comes down the pike with the SP1 beta installed?

street wolf said,

As I never installed an SP beta before what's the procedure for installing the final version when it comes down the pike with the SP1 beta installed?

Just that you've uninstalled the old one. It's a bit tricky to find though since it's not in the main uninstall listing. You have to click View Installed Updates in the left column.

I can confirm that the REFRESH issue has not being fixed!
I think that the problem happens after some folders are open while you manage other folders. When you get back to another folder that was opened before, I tried to paste a file to the folder and it didn't show up, only after a manual refresh!

Luis Mazza said,
I can confirm that the REFRESH issue has not being fixed!
I think that the problem happens after some folders are open while you manage other folders. When you get back to another folder that was opened before, I tried to paste a file to the folder and it didn't show up, only after a manual refresh!

If somebody can post specific repro steps for me, I'll get this reported officially through the beta program on connect and see if I can get an official response.

TCLN Ryster said,

If somebody can post specific repro steps for me, I'll get this reported officially through the beta program on connect and see if I can get an official response.

It's very hard to reproduce this bug, as seen on a great number of websites... Just search for Google and you'll see.
But one thing to try would be to have at least two folders inside libraries open, for instance and play with copy and pasting files of any type. Wait some minutes, play with the other folder back and fourth.... Maybe the refresh issue will show up.
Thank you.

Search string: windows 7 refresh folder

remember when XP SP2 included all the fun new goodies like the security center and stuff? is there any chance MS would ever do something that huge again? would it be breaking some kind of patent or rule if they introduced spaces or multiple desktops to windows? i remember using solaris for a while and it had those multiple desktops which i found really neat. the sad thing about it was i couldn't do much on that OS it was really fun to experience though.

Bought my C64 just to be able to run Flight Simulator from SubLogic. Thanks for the memories...sequential access cassette storage, 10k size file transfers that took overnight, Fast Hack'em and Mr Nibble, "typing in" programs from Run magazine or Compute's Gazette, later on with C-128's the new-fangled Commodore 1581 "double-sided" floppy drives, PEEK and POKE, GEOS, Commodore BASIC 2.0, instant-on "Desktop" (OS in ROM), and the musical 'Demo Scene'....remember LizardKing? Those Norwegians had a musical gift for composing demo music.

Charlie Bear said,
Bought my C64 just to be able to run Flight Simulator from SubLogic. Thanks for the memories...sequential access cassette storage, 10k size file transfers that took overnight, Fast Hack'em and Mr Nibble, "typing in" programs from Run magazine or Compute's Gazette, later on with C-128's the new-fangled Commodore 1581 "double-sided" floppy drives, PEEK and POKE, GEOS, Commodore BASIC 2.0, instant-on "Desktop" (OS in ROM), and the musical 'Demo Scene'....remember LizardKing? Those Norwegians had a musical gift for composing demo music.

My father, who's a retired Marine Corps helicopter pilot, used to play F-15 Strike Eagle all the time on it. I enjoyed games like SuperBowl Sunday, Bruce Lee, In Search of the Most Amazing Thing (could never figure out how to beat the game), Epyx's Destroyer (Many hours of fun!) and so many more games. the problem we had was the dot matrix printer and trying to get it to work. We bought it used and through trial and error with the dip switches, took a long time to get it connected to our C64.

I hope it fixes the ongoing issue with Windows Media Player displaying album art from other artists/albums when there is no album art for a particular one. That's really annoying.

devHead said,
I hope it fixes the ongoing issue with Windows Media Player displaying album art from other artists/albums when there is no album art for a particular one. That's really annoying.

+1

It's commendable that Windows 7 has been such a great success both for consumer and enterprise customers. Microsoft claims a sales rate of 7 copies of Windows 7 per second 24/7. Amazing statistic! The new RemoteFX sounds interesting for my youngest son (age 28) who works from home doing Windows PC repairs using remote desktop. I'll wait for the released SP1. I suppose I'm getting old as I used to be scouring the net for the latest release of this or that....ah yes..the serenity of old age and wisdom. Online since Commodore 64's and BBS's <- remember those?

Charlie Bear said,
Online since Commodore 64's and BBS's <- remember those?

Ah yes, my good ole Commodore 64 C (I was the envy of all my friends) with the FastLoad cartridge and my 1200 baud mode (also made friends jealous, as they still had a 300 baud).

chadlachlanross said,

Ah yes, my good ole Commodore 64 C (I was the envy of all my friends) with the FastLoad cartridge and my 1200 baud mode (also made friends jealous, as they still had a 300 baud).

Yup, I remember my spectrum zx 128. Caset Tape loading. Buzz screech ......30 mins later it's loaded. Woo I can play Joe blogs.... Crash.... Rage...

Gothic_Rebel said,

Yup, I remember my spectrum zx 128. Caset Tape loading. Buzz screech ......30 mins later it's loaded. Woo I can play Joe blogs.... Crash.... Rage...

oh man does that bring back memories. Fast forward the cassette tape to the point where the app/game is, press play, type in Load, wait for the prompt to come back and then type Run.

My favorite was the Run magazines my father used to get and all of the software code in the back of the mag where you could type into the C64 and run them. Never could get them all to run write and there were sometimes 10 pages of code in the back. LOL

briangw said,

oh man does that bring back memories. Fast forward the cassette tape to the point where the app/game is, press play, type in Load, wait for the prompt to come back and then type Run.

Yea I didn't get many of those. But I do remember them.
I really hated and I mean hated, when it crashed.
There's nothing like waiting for it to load, for it to crash not long after.

Paper boy ftw.

My favorite was the Run magazines my father used to get and all of the software code in the back of the mag where you could type into the C64 and run them. Never could get them all to run write and there were sometimes 10 pages of code in the back. LOL

chadlachlanross said,
What's the folder refreshing thing? I've been on Win 7 since last July. Haven't really run into anything I'd call a bug.
Windows 7 will just stop refreshing folders automatically at a seemingly random point. From that point onwards you have to manually refresh folders to see any new files, or changes to existing files. This includes your desktop.

ThomMcK said,
"The highly anticipated Windows 7 SP1 ..."
Highly anticipated? really? What statistics is this based on?
iOS4 was highly-anticipated. Was that assumption based on statistics ?

ThomMcK said,
"The highly anticipated Windows 7 SP1 ..."
Highly anticipated? really? What statistics is this based on?

Ask any IT guy in any office in the world.

Windows7even said,
not many bug fixes it seems...and that is always a good thing

Not many bug fixes? Where did you get that wacky idea from? The version of SP1 released to testers this week has 473 bug fixes in it.

I just switched to windows 7, and it's great but I wish they would add more options to the Libraries, along with an ability to get rid of them or but them in the background. I really have no use for them but they are always in my face, folder links in the start menu direct me to the libraries, explorer in the taskbar opens up libraries by default.

njlouch said,
A service pack is a pack of service updates, fixes. It is NOT meant to include drastic new features.
I think you should tell that to Microsoft and the fiasco that was the naming scheme of Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008(SP1 included)=built on Vista SP1;
Windows Server 2008 R2=buit on Windows 7 x86_64 only (and incompatible in a lot of ways with software written for Server 2008 original release or SP1 or whatever you wanna call it);
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1=built on Windows 7 x86_64;
So there, two different releases of SP1 of the same Server OS but on 2 codebases largely incompatibile with each other.

LauRoman said,

So there, two different releases of SP1 of the same Server OS but on 2 codebases largely incompatibile with each other.

Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2 are not the same OS, so there is only one version of SP1 for each.

Side note, Server 2008 should die. I hope none of our clients start using it... skip right from 2003 R2 to 2008 R2. That's my hope.

chadlachlanross said,
Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2 are not the same OS, so there is only one version of SP1 for each.
I already knew they are not the same os but when changing codebase they should have renamed it to Windows Server 2009 or 2010. Then again this may have led some people to think that Windows server 2008 will not have had such a long support cycle if another release was coming the next year. However the current naming scheme is far worse.

Duncank said,
Looks like Microsoft needed to release SP1 just to improve selling-rates again, not to introduce new things.

Off course, SP1 is the compilation of all the Windows 7 updates + some fixes.

Duncank said,
Looks like Microsoft needed to release SP1 just to improve selling-rates again, not to introduce new things.

Yep, nothing wrong with it whatsoever, its a very solid release. Few bugs here and there such as folder refreshing and music metadata tags not always showing up.

Mazhar said,

Off course, SP1 is the compilation of all the Windows 7 updates + some fixes.

Not really, most of the time SP1 include welcome upgrades like improved hardware drivers + USB 3.0

Duncank said,
Looks like Microsoft needed to release SP1 just to improve selling-rates again, not to introduce new things.

For the enterprise world that wont adopt any OS below SP1

Duncank said,
Looks like Microsoft needed to release SP1 just to improve selling-rates again, not to introduce new things.

I'm not sure why people think SP's introduce new features... XP offered a major update with SP2, but aside from that service packs have been mostly bug fixes and collections of previous updates.

Duncank said,
Looks like Microsoft needed to release SP1 just to improve selling-rates again, not to introduce new things.

To improve reliability, actually. lol

Duncank said,
Looks like Microsoft needed to release SP1 just to improve selling-rates again, not to introduce new things.

I think it has more to do with phasing out windows xp. As currently you can still obtain xp through downgrade rights. However according to the activation center and my Microsoft OEM partner contact representative, once windows 7 sp1 is released the option to downgrade will be removed. You must purchase the full version of xp at that point. ( assuming you wish to downgrade )
If anyone else has posted this or knows the details of this can you please let us know.

Quattrone said,

Not really, most of the time SP1 include welcome upgrades like improved hardware drivers + USB 3.0

+1.. can't wait for it to become available

Duncank said,
Looks like Microsoft needed to release SP1 just to improve selling-rates again, not to introduce new things.

Thats why it has been called "Service Pack". Though USB3, RemoteFX and few other minor enhancements en route...