Yesterday, Microsoft finally released Service Pack 1 for Windows 7. There isn’t anything too exciting about this service pack. There are no major changes, just security updates to the OS all bundled into one. You can check to see if your Windows 7 PC has an update by right-clicking Computer and selecting Properties. If you wish to install the update, visit the Microsoft Update website, or download and install the standalone files.
As a tech who has to install Windows 7 a lot, I’m relieved that SP1 has arrived. It makes it a lot easier to deploy workstations when you don’t have to spend hours installing hotfixes afterwards. I quickly slipstreamed a Windows 7 SP1 disc and my time to prepare a system has been cut in half.
The service pack was also released for Windows 2008. You get the same all-in-one update benefit in Windows 2008 as you do in Windows 7 along with improved virtualization services. Administrators of virtual PC farms may want to start testing immediately.