Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 SP1 to land on February 22nd

Russian Windows enthusiast leak site Wzor.net had earlier today claimed that sources close to Microsoft had tipped them off on the date, but winrumors.com has now confirmed, that Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will finally be made available to download via the web on Tuesday Feb 22nd, following a release to MSDN TechNet customers on the 16th.

Microsoft has yet to publicly announce the RTM milestone, and has declined to comment on the matter to various websites requesting information. Previously the company had only hinted at a release sometime in the first half of 2011 on 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."

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 "Dynamic 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.

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djnv2010 said,
so if you have been updating Win7 regularly, installing SP1 is kinda pointless? i see no point...

There are plenty of functional updates in SP1 that weren't on Windows Update. There are also security updates, and bug fixes also included. An update that the developers works on for a few months should never be considered "pointless," why would they waste so much time on it then?

This update has been so long in the tooth, its not even funny. Worst is the Internet Explorer 9 RC, hopefully tomorrow.

necrosis said,
Can you actually slipstream this SP unlike Vista's SP1?

No idea, but there will be slipstreamed images on MSDN and Technet most likely.

Redz0ne said,
Can we have a thumbs up and down feature on comments so we can filter out the children and idiots!

Yea, it would be nice. I get bored very quicky of the idiots who feel the need to brag that they allready have an alleged SP1 RTM install. Who cares?

Obviously you care, for one.

Also, if WZOR is correct with the build number, there's nothing "alleged" about it. SP1 is already out there.

COKid said,
Obviously you care, for one.

Also, if WZOR is correct with the build number, there's nothing "alleged" about it. SP1 is already out there.

You missed the point to my argument. What's so celver about bragging that they got it before it's offically out? All it shows if that they are impaitent and risk getting malware by getting it form an unoffical source like some shady torrent site.

I'll only get it when it's on TechNet next week.

posted on WZOR " We are pleased to announce that subscribers to on-line resource TechNet / MSDN from February 15, 2011 will be available for download the first service pack SP1 for Windows 7/Server 2008 R2, and c 22 February 2011, Microsoft will provide an opportunity to download SP1 for Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2 and all other interested persons.
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One major feature included however is the ability to use the new AVX instruction set included with the new Intel Core CPUs ...