Windows 7 Service Pack 1 available for download Print E-mail

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is now available from Microsoft's Website for download, or via Windows Update, and by ordering an installation DVD. Windows 7 SP1 takes roughly 30 minutes to install, and you'll have to restart the computer halfway through.

The recommended (and easiest) way to get SP1 is to turn on automatic updating in Windows Update in Control Panel, and wait for Windows 7 to 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.

Installation method

Estimated amount of free disk space required

Windows Update

  • x86-based (32-bit): 750 MB

  • x64-based (64-bit): 1050 MB

Downloading SP1 from the Microsoft website

  • x86-based (32-bit): 4100 MB

  • x64-based (64-bit): 7400 MB

Installing SP1 using an installation DVD

  • x86-based (32-bit): 4100 MB

  • x64-based (64-bit): 7400 MB

Windows 7 changes in SP1 include:

  • Client-side support for RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory which are two new virtualization features
  • A bug fix for HDMI audio devices that stopped working after restarting the computer
  • Corrected behavior when printing mixed-orientation XPS documents
  • Changed behavior of the "Restore previous folders at logon" functionality so that all folders are restored to their previous position, rather than in cascading order based on the most recently active folders.
  • Click here for a full list of hot fixes is here

Other than the usual security and  bug fixes you wont see noticable feature changes so PCWizKid did a performance comparison with SP1 installed to see what the gains are with this update. Watch the video below for details.



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