Windows 7 SP1 beta now available for testers

Microsoft released a beta version of Windows 7 SP1 on Tuesday.

In an email to technical beta testers, the Windows Customer Connection Team confirmed the release of the Service Pack in English, German, Japanese, French and Spanish editions. Weighing in at 1.22GB the build was compiled on June 3 with the number 7601.16562.100603-1800.

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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There's nothing exciting about it for 7 users. It's just all of the Windows Update updates rolled into one.

Meph said,
There's nothing exciting about it for 7 users. It's just all of the Windows Update updates rolled into one.

With such a sturdy OS from the beginning you cant expect an overhaul in 4 months timeframe.

RemoteFX excites me though, as I have to rely on 3rd party tools for better remote computing.

Mohib Sheth said,

With such a sturdy OS from the beginning you cant expect an overhaul in 4 months timeframe.

RemoteFX excites me though, as I have to rely on 3rd party tools for better remote computing.

Which is why I can't believe they are putting out a SP1 already!!
No use for it here, nor is there any excitement over this, at the moment, especially at 1.22GB's!!

Sheesh!
Do you think they could've made it slightly bigger!!

cork1958 said,

Which is why I can't believe they are putting out a SP1 already!!
No use for it here, nor is there any excitement over this, at the moment, especially at 1.22GB's!!

Sheesh!
Do you think they could've made it slightly bigger!!


I am convinced MS knows that there are certain companies out there just waiting to upgrade to 7 only after it hits at least SP1

1.22 GB??!!! Yikes!!! Their service packs are almost the size of what Windows XP is!! To me...if a service pack is that big...Microsoft might as well turn it into Windows 8.

texasghost said,
1.22 GB??!!! Yikes!!! Their service packs are almost the size of what Windows XP is!! To me...if a service pack is that big...Microsoft might as well turn it into Windows 8.

I'm guessing it has a lot of debugging tools? So, by the end release, it will be much smaller.
Same happens with beta OS's, like Vista and Seven, that were very "heavy"(in early stages) due to the debugging tools included.

texasghost said,
1.22 GB??!!! Yikes!!! Their service packs are almost the size of what Windows XP is!! To me...if a service pack is that big...Microsoft might as well turn it into Windows 8.

That is an all on one that covers x84, x64 and ia64 (Win7 & Server 2008R2).
The x86 exe is 293Mb, x64 is 550Mb.

oufc_gav said,

That is an all on one that covers x84, x64 and ia64 (Win7 & Server 2008R2).
The x86 exe is 293Mb, x64 is 550Mb.

That's definately better.

oufc_gav said,
That is an all on one that covers x84, x64 and ia64 (Win7 & Server 2008R2). The x86 exe is 293Mb, x64 is 550Mb.

And files are obviously being replaced so it isn't as though that is the amount being used up either

It's offline installer that contains both architectures.
When ready from WU won't be bigger than most Service Packs have been lately.

I'm glad to hear this is progressing. I can't wait to see it, though it doesn't seem like there will be many noticeable improvements to 7... Though 7 is solid, so I don't know what it could really need...

kukubau said,
Can anyone post the links please?

Technical Beta testers only at the moment through Connect/Other. It`ll come to the masses soon

Pretty large for a service pack even though it covers the different architerctures. I'm leaving this one alone until it goes final. Windows 7 already rocks for me.

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