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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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

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

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

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.

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???

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

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

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.

"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.

I know this friend of a friend who got the 64bit wzt leak installed last night. Ran it just long enough to see the 'Evaluation copy..." and (successfully) system restored it right back off into the bit bucket. Seemed okay though from what I've been told.

Luis Mazza said,
Does anyone knows if this is the same version leaked by Wzor?

Yes, Mazza... Both versions are exactly the same, even though the official one is much bigger.

Luis Mazza said,
Does anyone knows if this is the same version leaked by Wzor?

Anybody want to definitively weigh in on this?
"Leaked Windows 7 SP1 comes in at Build 6.1.7601.17105.100929-1730"

What's the build string of the released SP1 RC?

neoraptor said,
RC is released (leaked) for getting free beta testers

Yes, because the entire internet has access to connect.microsoft.com to report bugs.

Pass...7 has been stable as a rock on my 2 computers (both less than 1 year old)
I see no need to install a non RTM SP. Even when it is released, I'll probably wait
a week or two to install it, JUST in case

Ci7 said,
the link is dead

tried with
Chrome, Firefox 4 , IE9

aparantly WGA hate anything other than IE x86

TCLN Ryster said,

Google is your friend. As is reading the article.

The article has no mention or link to what's actually included in SP1. It only briefly mentions Remote FX but doesn't say what it does.


If you're going to create a front page article about something and include download links, a link to what's actually in this should be included, but I guess that's too much to expect.

TCLN Ryster said,

Hardly the definition of stuck. Somebody in charge of that PC has a choice.

Well, the person using the PC in a corporate environment is seldom the one one making the decisions.. As in my case.

radink said,
Can you update to official when it's out or do you need to reformat?

If you are on Windows 7 RTM (no service pack beta or RC), of course you will be able to update to SP1 when it is released.

If you installed a pre-release build (beta or RC or whatever), you will need to uninstall it before you can install the final build of SP1.

Aaron44126 said,

If you installed a pre-release build (beta or RC or whatever), you will need to uninstall it before you can install the final build of SP1.

It is pretty clear that that was what he was asking.

Thats funny that they forced it out by leaking it. Lets do that with all the good things we want now, just leak them and force the dev to release the real versions

Byron_Hinson said,
Looking forward to the RTM, never understood the reasoning behind installing a RC of a service pack for end users.

It's a good way to get aggregate statistics from real-world machines.

techbeck said,
Cool deal. I may use this on my test system but I tend not to put beta or RC releases on my main system.

Yeah, I never understood people willing to take that risk with their main system...

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah, I never understood people willing to take that risk with their main system...

Some such as myself do not mind if something breaks. I do not have anything stored on my hard drive on my main system that isn't already on a storage drive.

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah, I never understood people willing to take that risk with their main system...


it's only a risk if youre not prepared for failure!