Windows 7 SP1 RC released

Microsoft has just released an RC version of its upcoming service pack. The version, windows6.1-KB976932, has been officially released and this may have been done because of the recent leak.

The SP1 will provide several enhancements to Windows 7 including Remote FX and many incremental updates to the platform. The SP1 can be found here and weighs in at 865.4MB for the 64 bit version and 514.7MB for the 32 bit version.

Microsoft releases service packs incrementally to make it easier for users to quickly bring their OS up to speed with all of the latest security patches and enhancements. Occasionally, Microsoft will introduce new features in service packs. Service packs are always provided free of charge, provided that you have a genuine copy of Windows.

As this release is an RC, a release candidate, it should be a stable version of the service pack, but as with any software that is not the final release version, install at your own risk. 

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"Microsoft releases service packs incrementally to make it easier for users to quickly bring their OS up to speed" -- I think the author meant OSs, not service packs.

IntelliMoo said,
"Microsoft releases service packs incrementally to make it easier for users to quickly bring their OS up to speed" -- I think the author meant OSs, not service packs.
No they didn't.

Vinay Kumar said,
Why to screw up a perfectly running OS, I like the way it is

Obviously, it's not so perfect if they're releasing a Service Pack...

Vinay Kumar said,
Why to screw up a perfectly running OS, I like the way it is
Mostly service packs cover less known issues and bugs. You may not have noticed any yourself (the liklihood is that if you had, the fix would have been pushed out earlier), but they are there nonetheless.

Does this include the killer W7 patch that finds illegal W7.. .. Im kinda still curious why MS puts that patch in critcal updates but by default is not auto selected

Pegus said,
Can you actually uninstall Service Packs?
Yes, as long as you don't remove the Windows backup files (which few do).

So have Microsoft not 'addressed' the problem of folder icons being automatically arranged rather than the user having control over where you place them within a folder view???

This one popped up in my Windows Update - guess it's because I opted in for the beta earlier. Notice no difference on my rig.

Install Failed here, no idea why x64

It ran the update, did the patches, rebooted, then said failed, and reverted back to before the start of the RC installation

YounGMessiah said,
It is showing evaluation copy on mine 0_o and mine is legit..

* After you install SP1 Beta, your desktop may display the following text:

Evaluation copy

This text does not mean that your system is no longer "Genuine." This text indicates only that you installed a test version of software that is time limited.

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

For those of you wondering if it's worth updating Windows 7 with SP1...keep in mind that it has almost no new functionalities. On the other hand, it will fix a ton of bugs, increase reliability and solves many standby issues. Unless you're a developer you probably don't need to install the release candidate and might as well wait for the final version. If you're looking for more information on preparing and installing the update, see this blog post: http://bit.ly/aeO6S4

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