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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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

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.

Sebianoti said,
I think some one needs to put (UPDATE) on this post seeing you added the link to download it... Don't you?

Just noticed you changed the title... ok fair enough

The link was there this morning when the article was posted.

MadDoggyca said,
I would but I havnt; had to format my pc since Windows 7 x64 beta 1. and I used the go aorund to do the upgrades even though it wazn;t supported. no issuse here so I wait till final

but I never recall a SP to be over 1 gig let alone over 400MB before.. wah tthey doing replace half the installion code with new code?lol

A, you sound incredibly illiterate. Learn to spell.
B, you don't need to format to use a service pack, and if you claim that you haven't had to format since the x64 beta, that means you're either still running the x64 beta or you decided to stupidly frankenbuild your machine by directly upgrading to the RTM.
C, If you even bothered for one second to read, you'd notice that the 1.2 GB download includes both the 32 bit and the 64 bit SPs for both 7 and Server 2008.

Honestly, you're new here, I get that. But please, just take two minutes to totally read over your post before you click that button.

MadDoggyca said,
but I never recall a SP to be over 1 gig let alone over 400MB before.. wah tthey doing replace half the installion code with new code?lol

Windows Update downloaded 50,5 MB. It's a really small SP. And yeah, please proofread your posts.

dr_crabman said,

Windows Update downloaded 50,5 MB. It's a really small SP. And yeah, please proofread your posts.

How to Upgrade Windows 7 RC/Beta to Windows 7 RTM
1. Mount Windows 7 RTM Build 7600 ISO and Extract content to any folder or USB drive

2. Now go to Sources folder of Windows 7 and open “cversion.ini” file in notepad

3. Modify the “MinClient” build number to a value lower than your installed Windows 7 Build. For example, change 7233 to 7000 if you have Windows 7 Beta Build installed.

[HostBuild]

MinClient=7000.0

MinServer=7100.0

4. Save the updated file to the same location and then run setup.exe to start Windows 7 RC upgrade process.


thats how u by pass the formating beta/rc to RTM

like I said I never had to format since the beta come out

MadDoggyca said,

How to Upgrade Windows 7 RC/Beta to Windows 7 RTM
1. Mount Windows 7 RTM Build 7600 ISO and Extract content to any folder or USB drive

2. Now go to Sources folder of Windows 7 and open “cversion.ini” file in notepad

3. Modify the “MinClient” build number to a value lower than your installed Windows 7 Build. For example, change 7233 to 7000 if you have Windows 7 Beta Build installed.

[HostBuild]

MinClient=7000.0

MinServer=7100.0

4. Save the updated file to the same location and then run setup.exe to start Windows 7 RC upgrade process.


thats how u by pass the formating beta/rc to RTM

like I said I never had to format since the beta come out

They left that unsupported for a reason. Some components changed GUIDs at RTM, some were moved. Upgrading from the RC builds may well leave your system with a time bomb waiting to fail. It's just as easy to migrate your data, or, better yet, don't use test builds for production systems as they suggest.

MadDoggyca said,

How to Upgrade Windows 7 RC/Beta to Windows 7 RTM
1. Mount Windows 7 RTM Build 7600 ISO and Extract content to any folder or USB drive

2. Now go to Sources folder of Windows 7 and open “cversion.ini” file in notepad

3. Modify the “MinClient” build number to a value lower than your installed Windows 7 Build. For example, change 7233 to 7000 if you have Windows 7 Beta Build installed.

[HostBuild]

MinClient=7000.0

MinServer=7100.0

4. Save the updated file to the same location and then run setup.exe to start Windows 7 RC upgrade process.


thats how u by pass the formating beta/rc to RTM

like I said I never had to format since the beta come out

Failure. Everyone knows how you do it, the fact of the matter is it's a terrible idea. You've created a mess that's going to collapse on itself, especially when SP1 tries to update what isn't there.

I will laugh at you so hard when you come running to the forums panicking about your computer failing. When you clicked the download button for the Beta ISO you accepted that you would eventually have to reinstall, and they didn't just say that for licensing reasons.

Use your head.

LiquidSolstice said,

Failure. Everyone knows how you do it, the fact of the matter is it's a terrible idea. You've created a mess that's going to collapse on itself, especially when SP1 tries to update what isn't there.

I will laugh at you so hard when you come running to the forums panicking about your computer failing. When you clicked the download button for the Beta ISO you accepted that you would eventually have to reinstall, and they didn't just say that for licensing reasons.

Use your head.

well I keep u posted when sp1 got final and then let ya know how well it worked.

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

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

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.

Where is the download?

It says:

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

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