For last 2-3 days I am constantly reading articles about the first Windows 7 Service pack released by Microsoft. I thought I should also give it a try. and I logged on to my VM of Windows 7 Ultimate and started browsing microsoft.com for the latest SP1 updates available for Windows 7. So here, i am sharing my findings with TechSTarz users.
What does windows 7 SP1 contain?
First of all what does windows 7 SP1 update contains. In a small write up on the SP1 release page, Microsoft tells us that SP1 is an important update because it contains:
- Many previously released security fixes and updates related to perfomance and stability of windows
- Improved reliability when connecting to HDMI audio devices
- Fix for printing mix-orientation XPS documents
- Restoring previous folders in Windows Explorer
So, first thing that SP1 does is makes your system, fit for accepting all future updates by tuning your machine with all the past released security and other fixes. The second point means, SP1 will ensure that connections between Windows 7 computers and HDMI audio devices are maintained without any breakages, a known problem with windows 7. SP1 also fixes the problem faced by Windows 7 users in printing an XPS document which contains both portrait as well as landscape orientations. This was again a know issue and windows 7 used to print such documents in a single way, either portrait or landscape. Windows 7 option to restore previous folders in a cascaded way based on the location of the most recently active folder. Post SP1 update, all folders will be restored to their actual locations.
How to install Windows 7 SP1 update?
1. Windows Automatic Updates
The best way to install SP1 is to enable or turn on automatic updates feature in Windows 7 Control Panel. Windows will automatically check for new updates and notify you that , SP1 is ready to install. It takes about 30 minutes to install, and you’ll need to restart your computer about halfway through the installation.
Since this easily comes with windows automatic updates, it is possible taht you have already installed this update. thus it is recommended to first check if you have already installe SP1 updates.
How to check if windows 7 SP1 updates are already installed on your machine?
Click Window’s ‘Start’ button , then you need to right-click ‘Computer’, and then ‘Properties’. If you see Service Pack 1 listed under your Windows 7 edition,it means that SP1 is already installed on your machine.
2. Download SP1 from Microsoft Site and Install
- Visit Windows 7 Service Pack 1 download
- Then click continue to next step
- Then you need to choose your version of Windows SP1 From either the 32-bit (x86) or the 64-bit (x64) version. On clicking Download, your SP1 Installable file will start downloading.
- After Download Finishes you can run the installable file and follow the instaructions. Your pc may restart during the installation process.
2. Installation DVD for SP1
You can order your SP1 installation DVD from microsoft website.
Size of update:
Just to give an ides of memory size this windows 7 update will cost you-
Method1– Windows Automatic Update – For x86-based (32-bit) OS : 750 MB and For x64-based (64-bit) OS : 1050 MB
Method2– Downloading SP1 from the Microsoft website – For x86-based (32-bit) OS : 4100 MB and For x64-based (64-bit) OS : 7400 MB
Method3– Installing SP1 using an installation DVD – For x86-based (32-bit) OS : 4100 MB and For x64-based (64-bit) OS : 7400 MB
So be ready to sacrifice a big chunk of your disk space for installing this service pack SP1.
Hope this post will help TechStarz readers understand the new Windows 7 SP1 Service Pack update. Do leave your comments if you have any queries.