Windows 7 SP1 public beta released

Microsoft announced on Monday that the first Windows 7 Service Pack 1 public beta is now available.

Speaking at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, Corporate Vice President of Windows & Windows Live - Tami Reller announced the public beta. Microsoft revealed its plans for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 last 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 released a beta build of Windows 7 to testers earlier this month. Weighing in at 1.22GB the build was compiled on June 3 with the number 7601.16562.100603-1800. Microsoft released the public beta on its TechNet Evaluation Center page.

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Where is the download?

It says:

The evaluation version you are attempting to download is for IT Professionals and Developers only.

Download Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta

Please Note: This early release of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta is not available for home users. The SP1 Beta does not provide new end-user features, and installation is not supported by Microsoft.

Seems I've accidental downloaded the Windows 8 Super Special Ultimate Awesome Beta.. oh no wait it's just Windows 7 SP1

I hope the kms bug is fixed. Can't do any sysprep /generalize after a fresh install, very messing thing up for enterprise!

1. No mention of USB 3 anywhere in documentation.

2. It appears from documentation that RemoteFX is not available from Win 7 servers, i.e. when connecting to Windows 7 via Remote Desktop. Documentation suggests that RemoteFX is only available for connection to Server 2008R2.

rdhw said,
2. It appears from documentation that RemoteFX is not available from Win 7 servers, i.e. when connecting to Windows 7 via Remote Desktop. Documentation suggests that RemoteFX is only available for connection to Server 2008R2.

Sad face.

rdhw said,
2. It appears from documentation that RemoteFX is not available from Win 7 servers, i.e. when connecting to Windows 7 via Remote Desktop. Documentation suggests that RemoteFX is only available for connection to Server 2008R2.

Does it say anywhere that it should be? Looking at the image up top, I see RemoteFX mentioned only under Server 2008 R2, not under Win 7.

I'm looking forward to RemoteFX because it would be very useful for me, but if its only for windows server then it is useless to me.

Ill just wait for the final, doesnt look like theres any performance improvements(not that any are needed) and nothings wrong with W7 for me

What about the can't rename file bug in explorer. When you try to rename a file(s) dialog box pops up and says it is already open and can't write to it try again. Then when you hit the try again button the same box keeps popping up. Any one else have this problem or maybe know what i am talking about?

ufis said,
What about the can't rename file bug in explorer. When you try to rename a file(s) dialog box pops up and says it is already open and can't write to it try again. Then when you hit the try again button the same box keeps popping up. Any one else have this problem or maybe know what i am talking about?

Yeah, you've got the file open in another program....

ufis said,
What about the can't rename file bug in explorer. When you try to rename a file(s) dialog box pops up and says it is already open and can't write to it try again. Then when you hit the try again button the same box keeps popping up. Any one else have this problem or maybe know what i am talking about?

That's your own dimwittedness, had it not occurred to you that you, oh I don't know, might have the file open in another program, like it's telling you?

Tom, have they fixed the annoying missing icon...? I shall explain just in case anybody has forgotten. Whenever you open a folder containing an .exe file and you click on the executable file the open icon is missing, this bug was throughout beta trials and with RTM and Microsoft failed to fix this annoying bug...?

Sorry ranted there a little

Jonessie said,
Tom, have they fixed the annoying missing icon...? I shall explain just in case anybody has forgotten. Whenever you open a folder containing an .exe file and you click on the executable file the open icon is missing, this bug was throughout beta trials and with RTM and Microsoft failed to fix this annoying bug...?

Sorry ranted there a little

I read somewhere that it by design, don't quote me on this.

rseiler said,

BTW, the final version is now scheduled for 1H 2011. It had been expected later this year.

Hmm, do you think they're waiting for IE9 to go final and include that as well?

Baines said,

Hmm, do you think they're waiting for IE9 to go final and include that as well?

Don't recall Microsoft ever including an IE update in any of their service packs. Windows Media Player - yes, IE.... ummm, no. Why IE6 still tends to hold a rather nice share of the browser market, even on the latest Win XP Service Pack, you can still keep IE6, and it's even the default option rather than defaulting to upgrading the browser.

I'll wait for the final version but would love to hear if it fixes the explorer refresh bug many users (myself included) are having where explorer stops refreshing, requiring you to manually refresh.

protocol7 said,
I'll wait for the final version but would love to hear if it fixes the explorer refresh bug many users (myself included) are having where explorer stops refreshing, requiring you to manually refresh.

I think I have seen this on my dad's laptop, but it is running Vista. When I save a file it seems like it isn't there, but actually it is.

Hani said,

any noticeable changes?

yeah , its 7601 now
The most possible is a RemoteFx icon in start menu , maybe performance improvement , and a beta tag somwewhere

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Beta for x64-based Systems (KB976932)

Download size: 521.8 MB - 526.9 MB

You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

Update type: Important

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta - Contains all previously released updates. See release documentation for more details.

More information:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976932

Will I be able to try remote FX straight away or is this just laying down the foundation, also, is a separate client needed or can I continue using microsoft remote desktop?

Honestly, I wish they added multiple desktop support in SP1. It's the only real feature I wish was baked into Windows.

Hercules said,
Honestly, I wish they added multiple desktop support in SP1. It's the only real feature I wish was baked into Windows.

One would think they'd have figured out that users tend to use multiple monitors at times. Especially when they made Windows support the use of multiple monitors and the ability to extend your desktop over more than one. Go figure.

Hercules said,
Honestly, I wish they added multiple desktop support in SP1. It's the only real feature I wish was baked into Windows.

Uhh, multiple desktop support? As in many monitors?

LiquidSolstice said,
Uhh, multiple desktop support? As in many monitors?
I think he means virtual desktops, called "Spaces" in OS X for reference.

And I agree it's one of those features I'd really like Windows to have natively.

Now all I need to do is get remote desktop to work. I've been using tightvnc in it's place for ages. Remote Desktop simply refuses to connect via any PC on my network.

_DP said,
Now all I need to do is get remote desktop to work. I've been using tightvnc in it's place for ages. Remote Desktop simply refuses to connect via any PC on my network.

You could also try Live Sync Beta. I'm able to use that on PC's that don't support RDP because of their Win7 Version. It's also great at punching through firewalls and NAT.

_DP said,
Now all I need to do is get remote desktop to work. I've been using tightvnc in it's place for ages. Remote Desktop simply refuses to connect via any PC on my network.

Dumb question, and I do apologise in advance, but have to ask... you have enabled Remote Desktop, it is disabled by default?

DrScouse said,

Dumb question, and I do apologise in advance, but have to ask... you have enabled Remote Desktop, it is disabled by default?

I figured it out. All this time I was using the actual computer names (as it actually asks for when you use Remote Desktop), then I tried using the local IP addresses instead and it worked fine straight away. *Roooooooooolls eyes*

_DP said,
Now all I need to do is get remote desktop to work. I've been using tightvnc in it's place for ages. Remote Desktop simply refuses to connect via any PC on my network.

LogMeIn tends to be rather nice, completely free and right out of a browser window.

BoneyardBrew said,
I'm going to try it too.

I reinstall Windows so often that I'm not particularly afraid to mess anything up.

What on earth are you doing to your PC that requires such frequent Windows installs? Sounds like a waste of time to me.

Neb Okla said,

What on earth are you doing to your PC that requires such frequent Windows installs? Sounds like a waste of time to me.

Visiting particular websites in IE6 without any kind of anti-virus installed? *wink* *wink*

Neb Okla said,

What on earth are you doing to your PC that requires such frequent Windows installs? Sounds like a waste of time to me.

I dunno. I love to mess around with Windows to the point that I end up reinstalling. It's a nice feeling to start fresh often.

LiquidSolstice said,

I dunno. I love to mess around with Windows to the point that I end up reinstalling. It's a nice feeling to start fresh often.

I suggest virtualization or simply making a ghost after you installed, you'll end up gaining a lots of time. Or better, freeze your computer!

Nodiaque said,

I suggest virtualization or simply making a ghost after you installed, you'll end up gaining a lots of time. Or better, freeze your computer!

Perhaps. I mean, I've used Acronis before, I just don't entirely know if I want to take all the trouble to do it, and I don't know how long it takes to reimage vs reinstall.

LiquidSolstice said,

Perhaps. I mean, I've used Acronis before, I just don't entirely know if I want to take all the trouble to do it, and I don't know how long it takes to reimage vs reinstall.

Use Boot to VHD or use Virtual PC Any messup will simply need to delete a file and reinstall.. This way you keep a working copy and a "messing copy"

aarste said,

Badly misinformed, eh?

"The SP1 Beta does not provide new end-user features, and installation is not supported by Microsoft."

bjoswald said,
Just another rollup of previously released hotfixes. Yawn. I'll get it through WU when it's ready.

You do realise that is exactly what a Service Pack is, don't you?

XP SP2 was an exception as it did a major security overhaul

neo158 said,
You do realise that is exactly what a Service Pack is, don't you?
XP SP2 was an exception as it did a major security overhaul
Let's not forget SP1 for Vista.

KavazovAngel said,
No thanks. Will wait for the official release. Don't want to screw something up.
LOL I was thinking the same thing. Why do they release Betas of Service Packs? Don't they have testers inside the company? It is simply a bunch of fixes isn't it? It's like test quality drug testing on a bunch of production quality guinea pigs.

KavazovAngel said,
No thanks. Will wait for the official release. Don't want to screw something up.

It doesn't screw anything up . Maybe you don't understand the meaning of "testers" and "rollback".

Jebadiah said,
LOL I was thinking the same thing. Why do they release Betas of Service Packs? Don't they have testers inside the company? It is simply a bunch of fixes isn't it? It's like test quality drug testing on a bunch of production quality guinea pigs.

There's a difference between having teams of testers and millions of daredevils who will install any beta they see, then report even the slightest problem they encounter. Win-win situation for everyone, developers get their stuff tested, the daredevils are kept happy, and I wait with the popcorn for either some explosion or new software around the corner that's been tested

LiquidSolstice said,

It doesn't screw anything up . Maybe you don't understand the meaning of "testers" and "rollback".

i think everybody understand the concept tester aka guinea pig.
And service pack are not a simple update that you can uninstall.

Jebadiah said,
LOL I was thinking the same thing. Why do they release Betas of Service Packs? Don't they have testers inside the company? It is simply a bunch of fixes isn't it? It's like test quality drug testing on a bunch of production quality guinea pigs.

So true...