[Whitepaper] Windows 7 Service Pack 1

Microsoft continuously collects feedback on Windows 7 from customers and partners through several channels. This feedback results in enhancements that help improve compatibility, reliability, performance, and user experience. Service Pack integrates all these updates, along with additional enhancements, into a single package and help ensure that your systems are up-to-date.

Update 20 Feb 2011. Please also see Everything you need to know about Windows 7 Service Pack 1 which includes   the Download page and direct download link for Windows 7 SP1.

Windows 7

The beta of SP1 for Windows 7 contains the pre-released 17 security updates and 456 hotfixes. The impact of SP1 on Windows 7 is considered to be minimal since it only includes pre-released hotfixes and security updates. Even though the current SP1 release is a beta, Microsoft has made it clear to not anticipate the SP1 for Windows 7 to be substantial. While SP1 is not intended to be a vehicle for releasing new features, some existing features do gain slightly enhanced functionality in SP1.

The SP1 beta has been released in English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. This beta will expire on June 30, 2011. You will have to upgrade to a newer build or uninstall and return to the RTM build by that time. Service Pack 1 will be released within the first half of calendar year 2011. You would not be able to upgrade from the beta builds to the final build of SP1 and will have to uninstall the Service Pack or do a clean install of Windows 7.

Download : Microsoft.

Setup Prerequisites

  • Your current operating system must be the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 (build 7600).
  • Users updating through Windows Update/WSUS must install the Servicing Stack Update (SSU). This update is necessary to successfully install or uninstall the service pack.

Delivery Methods

  • Standalone Package
    Meant for commuters without internet access or system administrators.
    About 297 MB (x86) or 535 MB (x64) of download size.
  • Windows Update
    Meant for most home or many business users.
    About 23 MB (x86) or 45 MB (x64) of download size.
  • Integrated DVD
    Meant for new PCs or Vista upgrades

Changes in Windows 7 SP1

  • Additional support has been added to allow Windows 7 clients to effectively communicate with third-party identity federation services.
  • Improved HDMI audio device performance.
  • Corrected behavior when printing mixed-orientation XPS documents using the XPS Viewer.
  • Change to behavior of “Restore previous folders at logon” functionality. All folders are restored to their previous positions rather than the cascaded position based on the location of the most recently active folder.
  • Enhanced support for additional identities in RRAS and IPsec.
  • Support for Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX).

How to Uninstall Windows 7 SP1 Beta

Via Control Panel

  1. Open Control Panel > Programs > Installed Updates.
  2. Under the Installed Updates section, locate Service Pack for Microsoft Windows (KB976932).
  3. Select it, and click on the Uninstall button.
  4. Click Yes to confirm the uninstall operation.

Via Command Prompt

  1. Open Start Menu.
  2. Type cmd in the Search program and files box.
  3. Right click the cmd, and select Run as Administrator.
  4. In the Command Prompt window, type wusa.exe /uninstall /kb:976932.
  5. Press Enter.

Discussion and Feedback

To submit feedback to via Microsoft Connect, follow this process:

  1. Log onto your Connect account.
  2. Open and fill out a bug submission form.
  3. Run the Feedback tool.
  4. Attach the resulting Feedback CAB file to the bug.
  5. Submit the bug.

These links may also interest you:
What’s new in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 ?
Troubleshoot Error : Windows 7 SP1 Installation was not successful.

Update 20 Feb 2011. Please also see Everything you need to know about Windows 7 Service Pack 1 which includes  the Download page and direct download link for Windows 7 SP1.

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Abhishek Baxi writes on the Windows ecosystem and hosts an online show - Microsoft Talk (MSTalk.in) and owns the Windows Phone portal - I Love Windows Phone (ilovewindowsphone.in). He lives at www.baxiabhishek.info and talks incessantly on Twitter.


  1. Cody Peavler

    can sumone PLEASE tell me how i can upgrade my P-O-S Windows XP to Windows 7? im having a REALLY hard time finding the friggin thing that is used to upgrade my system… PLEASE HELP!!!!

    cpeavler29 at yahoo dot com <——-send info there

  2. Metaldave

    IT is not possible to upgrade from windows xp to windows 7. You must do a clean install.

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