Windows 7 SP1 won't be available to public until 2011

Earlier this week, Neowin reported that Service Pack 1 is available as a public beta for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, which would leave most users thinking that SP1 is relatively close to release.

Apparently, this assumption is wrong, with a post from the Windows Team Blog saying that "Windows 7 SP1 will be available in the first half of 2011 through the usual channels." Brandon LeBlanc, Windows Communications Manager on the Windows Client Communications Team said that "For Windows 7, SP1 is simply a combination of updates already available through Windows Update and additional hotfixes based on feedback by our customers and partners."

Brandon reiterates that "Business customers tell us that they are already seeing the benefit of deploying Windows 7, and industry analysts agree that there is no need to wait for SP1" and trumpeted that this month, "Windows 7 [has] nearly 14% share of the global OS market."

SP1 only contains two major new features, which will not affect the majority of users. The first of the two is RemoteFX, a standalone product that requires Windows Server 2008 R2 to be used. RemoteFX allows users to watch high-quality video and interact with 3D applications over a remote desktop session -- this will change the way Virtual Machines are used, as they have had limited display capabilities until now.

The second feature is an update for HyperV in Windows Server 2008 R2 called "Direct Memory". The feature is as simple as it sounds -- it dynamically allocates memory to virtual machines as required and is able to remove memory from virtual machines when others need higher resources.

Thanks to forum user Shayla for the tip!

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@Sonic
If these are the only two features you dislike in 7, you could just install third party shell and file manager, couldn't you?

The only good thing I see on this SP is that all the updates are in one package because W7 for me has been working great, even computers where XP was impossible after 6 months because of BSOD, strange freezing, etc... W7 has been working great for months with no problem.

The second feature is an update for HyperV in Windows Server 2008 R2 called "Direct Memory".

it's called Dynamic Memory, not Direct Memory...yes the feature SHOULD be as it sounds.

none of us will be here by 2012!! LMAO!! i installed the SP1 Beta for ****z n gigglez and it took forever to install, and as much time to uninstal!! no use for it, i kept updated since the release of Win7, i bet they are going to add some new features (i hope) since it's releasing later.

Quattrone said,
I guarantee that you will not see Windows 8 until at least the first half of 2014.

I wonder if they will make it x64 only or not. If they don't Windows 8 won't be any better.

Quattrone said,
I guarantee that you will not see Windows 8 until at least the first half of 2014.

That is wrong, Microsoft said they would never leave such a gap between OSs again, the gap between XP and Vista was far to big in their opinion. Windows 8 is due by 2012 at the latest.

ZekeComa said,

I wonder if they will make it x64 only or not. If they don't Windows 8 won't be any better.


How is it better if they support one less platform? The Windows kernel is already built to compile for two different platforms. There's no extra work for them to support x86.

I'm like a few of you on here; I used Vista and had no problems with it. It was slated for being really bad, but on my system it ran very well, and then Windows 7 does just the same, but a little nicer. The SP1 update can come out when they like, the system already runs amazingly well.

Sean Bradford said,
And for the majority of users, this service pack is not worth illegally downloading. Just wait for it to be released.

Not illegal; the SP1 beta is available to all via TechNet (not all TechNet downloads are only for subscribers/members). However, for the majority of *users*, the SP1 beta is of little use at this point.

Temuulen Battumur said,
Just use XP people , i love it. **** those crazy beautiful theme and some features can replaced by alternative softwares in XP.

Just use XP. Hhahaah. It'd be retarded to downgrade to XP. When Vista and Windows 7 is much better than XP anyways. XP is for people who cannot comprehend and who are cheapskates.

Damn, couldn't want SP1 sooner! There are so many hotfixes available for little problems, it's nuts. Some quite serious, too.

I have Windows 7 and it is ok. Before I upgrded to Windows 7, I had Windows Vista and really didn't have any problems with it either. I just upgraded because of all the hype. I will say this Windows 7 and Windows Vista beats Windows XP hands down. If it was a OS that was more difficult to use and caused break downs all day long, it was Windows XP. I do not see how anyone would want to stay with Windows XP 10 years later and now 2 or 3 more years down the road.

JSYOUNG571 said,
I have Windows 7 and it is ok. Before I upgrded to Windows 7, I had Windows Vista and really didn't have any problems with it either. I just upgraded because of all the hype. I will say this Windows 7 and Windows Vista beats Windows XP hands down. If it was a OS that was more difficult to use and caused break downs all day long, it was Windows XP. I do not see how anyone would want to stay with Windows XP 10 years later and now 2 or 3 more years down the road.

Thank You! I definitely agree. Vista worked fine for me. I like Windows 7 too but there are some annoying bugs but I like the new eye candy.

Have I got this right ? If your bang upto date with Windows Updates there is little point to SP1? I assume there are also new features included though ?

TW.4T said,
Have I got this right ? If your bang upto date with Windows Updates there is little point to SP1? I assume there are also new features included though ?

Apparantly you didn't read the entire article.

"SP1 only contains two major new features, which will not affect the majority of users. The first of the two is RemoteFX, a standalone product that requires Windows Server 2008 R2 to be used. RemoteFX allows users to watch high-quality video and interact with 3D applications over a remote desktop session..."

"The second feature is an update for HyperV in Windows Server 2008 R2 called "Direct Memory". The feature is as simple as it sounds -- it dynamically allocates memory to virtual machines as required and is able to remove memory from virtual machines when others need higher resources."

TW.4T said,
Have I got this right ? If your bang upto date with Windows Updates there is little point to SP1?

Most updates never make it to Windows Update. Only a select few for problems that affect "everyone" do. The SP1 beta currently contains about 500 updates, and the number will be higher by launch.

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Its kool man sorry if I sounded like I was trashing you. Sometimes I brush through articles as well lol.

jwil1 said,
Meh. MS have always released SP1 for their OS's about 12 months after RTM anyway...

Exactly, since xp sp2 and vista sp1/2 people have got used to performance boosts/added features in service packs but 7 was solid at release - theres nothing to see here folks

zkid2010 said,
That's it I'm dropping Windows 7 (which was my idea) and going back to...oh wait there isn't anything else.

I don't understand why the first SP being a bit late, is a justifiable reason for not using it. It's just a bundle of all the updates since Windows 7 was released.

zkid2010 said,
That's it I'm dropping Windows 7 (which was my idea) and going back to...oh wait there isn't anything else.

Yes, you'll drop a perfectly stable and fantastic operating system because you just found out the Service Pack for it (which you aren't using the beta for) isn't coming out till next year.

*sigh*. Computer kids used to be smart.

kazuyenPH said,
What is the importance of SP1?

hotfix rollup. it compiles every fix released to-date into one big installation, plus a couple of new/updated stuff. so for people who've been keeping up to date it should just be a small install.

kazuyenPH said,
What is the importance of SP1?

When installing a new computer (if you don't have an up to date image) it's a pretty big pain doing the updates, since every two seconds it asks a restart only installing a few updates at a time..

kazuyenPH said,
What is the importance of SP1?

1: all current updates that would usually come via windows update, requiring multiple reboots will be available in one install (that can be slipstreamed into your OS image if you so wish)

2: all current hotfixes, which are not normally pushed out via windows update as they address specific customer issues not felt by the majority are included - 'rolling' the OS up to a base level for everyone.

3: 2 additional features mainly effecting enterprise and business customers (remote FX requiring server 2008r2, and the hyper-v update for memory management)

This wont be life changing, wont give you much of a speed boost (although some have said they feel their system is a tad quicker after install - I'll leave that judgement for myself as bias could creep in in terms of expected speed boost for a lot of people)

Thats it, carry on....

Although I'm sure there are issues, there aren't any issues that seem to be effecting me. I wish I had windows 7 at work . Tired of XP.

Shadrack said,
Although I'm sure there are issues, there aren't any issues that seem to be effecting me. I wish I had windows 7 at work . Tired of XP.

+1
my organization have committed to upgrade by June2011.

Sonic. said,
Forget it, I'll look forward to Windows 8.

I ran Windows 7 again and was quickly reminded why I hate that OS. crash crash BSOD and memory suction. Sticking with Vista Biz SP2. Some crashes but no where near as bad as 7. And 7 still doesn't quite beat XP in thumbnails. But I'd take 7 over XP anyday.

PatrynXX said,

I ran Windows 7 again and was quickly reminded why I hate that OS. crash crash BSOD and memory suction. Sticking with Vista Biz SP2. Some crashes but no where near as bad as 7. And 7 still doesn't quite beat XP in thumbnails. But I'd take 7 over XP anyday.

You probably have the most weird PC ever. Windows 7 is superior in every level to Vista, matter of fact, it's even more faster and stable.

Quattrone said,
You probably have the most weird PC ever. Windows 7 is superior in every level to Vista, matter of fact, it's even more faster and stable.

Yeah agreed his pc just sucks.

PatrynXX said,

I ran Windows 7 again and was quickly reminded why I hate that OS. crash crash BSOD and memory suction. Sticking with Vista Biz SP2. Some crashes but no where near as bad as 7. And 7 still doesn't quite beat XP in thumbnails. But I'd take 7 over XP anyday.

If your Windows 7 is crashing, there is something seriously wrong with your configuration or a piece of hardware in your machine

PatrynXX said,

I ran Windows 7 again and was quickly reminded why I hate that OS. crash crash BSOD and memory suction. Sticking with Vista Biz SP2. Some crashes but no where near as bad as 7. And 7 still doesn't quite beat XP in thumbnails. But I'd take 7 over XP anyday.

In my early Windows 7 experience, Microsoft got everything right and I loved it. But now I really dislike (don't hate) but dislike the superbar and explorer along w. the aero interface. I still use it but I have no choice.

Sonic. said,

In my early Windows 7 experience, Microsoft got everything right and I loved it. But now I really dislike (don't hate) but dislike the superbar and explorer along w. the aero interface. I still use it but I have no choice.


you do know there is a way to disable aero don't you?

PatrynXX said,

I ran Windows 7 again and was quickly reminded why I hate that OS. crash crash BSOD and memory suction. Sticking with Vista Biz SP2. Some crashes but no where near as bad as 7. And 7 still doesn't quite beat XP in thumbnails. But I'd take 7 over XP anyday.

On 4 of the PC's in this house, W7 runs perfectly smooth and fast. NO issues. I couldnt be happier with an OS.

PatrynXX said,

I ran Windows 7 again and was quickly reminded why I hate that OS. crash crash BSOD and memory suction. Sticking with Vista Biz SP2. Some crashes but no where near as bad as 7. And 7 still doesn't quite beat XP in thumbnails. But I'd take 7 over XP anyday.

Same, well I agree about 7 but I'd rather use Vista.

Quattrone said,
You probably have the most weird PC ever. Windows 7 is superior in every level to Vista, matter of fact, it's even more faster and stable.

Agreed, EXCEPT for the Thumbnail cache bug which keeps deleting your thumbnail cache randomly and that gets very old when you got folders with lots of thumbnails. there is a fix out there but it's not really a proper fix as all it does is stop Windows7 from deleting the files in that folder.

p.s. i am not the only person with this issue in Windows 7 either as there's random reports of it on google.

generko said,

you do know there is a way to disable aero don't you?

I don't think he does, he's just plain (insert word here).

Same here ROCK solid stable. Running it on a home pc built late last year, a Dell Studio 1555 laptop & a Dell E1505 laptop. NOT ONE issue. Home PC only gets shut down or rebooted when an update is installed.
On a side note, unless you are a developer or IT professional, why would you install a BETA SP
on your computer. Heck, even when the SP is released, I usually wait a month AT LEAST to install it. Just because it is new, doesn't make it better, just makes it new. Sometimes updates break more than they fix. First thing I do when I install an OS on my computers is to turn automatic updates OFF. I'll look over the updates and install the ones I want/need, not what MS thinks I need.

Quattrone said,
You probably have the most weird PC ever. Windows 7 is superior in every level to Vista, matter of fact, it's even more faster and stable.

naap51stang said,
.... why would you install a BETA SP on your computer. Heck, even when the SP is released, I usually wait a month AT LEAST to install it. Just because it is new, doesn't make it better, just makes it new. Sometimes updates break more than they fix. First thing I do when I install an OS on my computers is to turn automatic updates OFF. I'll look over the updates and install the ones I want/need, not what MS thinks I need.

This explains a lot.
The reason I, a non-developer/it professional run betas of MS service packs and updates is to participate in the customer improvement program. I want MS to have usage data from my particular hardware configuration. If MS get enough reports of problems with their updates through the program then they can fix before the updates are 'rtm' or 'rtw'.

MS have to support such a large hardware ecosystem that the only way to have your voice heard is through the customer improvement program as a part of the aggregate statistic.

As far as your superior ability to decide what you need from an operating system update goes, good for you. It's so nice to see that some people are infinitely smarter than the hundreds of engineers at Microsoft.

Billus said,

I don't think he does, he's just plain (insert word here).

uhh what?

I don't like classic in Windows 7 either, who told any of you classic was an option I favored either?

No one.

Assumptions with you people.

Sonic. said,
Forget it, I'll look forward to Windows 8.

Yes I'll agree something is wrong with his pc for all those crashes, but I will not agree 7 is better than Vista. I have my personal reasons ok.

Sonic. said,

uhh what?

I don't like classic in Windows 7 either, who told any of you classic was an option I favored either?

No one.

Assumptions with you people.

I'm going to make the safe assumption that you should probably just downgrade back to XP if you have so many issues with it.