Windows 7 – Service Pack 1 – Should You Install?

February 24, 2011 By: Rich Pryor Category: Windows 7

Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 is finally (officially) available as of yesterday. It’s been floating around the torrentsphere for several weeks, but the official version is now available at the Microsoft download site and through Windows Update. If you decide to download it, the files you need are:

  • windows6.1-KB976932-X86.exe (for Windows 7 32 bit)
  • windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe (for Windows 7 64 bit or Server 2008 R2)

But, should you install it?

I’m surprised I’m saying this but – not necessarily! There is no reason NOT to install it, however. Like Windows 7 itself, Service Pack 1 has been thoroughly vetted and should give you no problems if you do. (It appears the code has been final since last November, in fact.) The the flip side is – there really isn’t that much IN Service Pack 1 to compel you to upgrade! Check out this feature list:

  • Added support for AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions)…if you have some app that relies heavily on floating point instructions, you might care.
  • Fixed a problem with XPS printing. (Who uses XPS printing?)
  • Fixed a bug with HDMI Audio disabling after a reboot.
  • Fixed a bug on “Restore previous folders at login” where they were i the wrong spot.
  • This one is actually kinda cool: if you use Remote Desktop Connection between to Win7 machines, and install SP1 on both, you’ll get a much higher definition connection now … better graphics etc.

…But that’s it! So my advice is, wait for the bandwidth rush to die down. Wait a couple weeks to make sure no last-minute bugs pop up, and then either download it (above) or go to Windows Update and get it there.

Start -> All Programs -> Windows Update -> Important Updates -> Put a check next to “Windows 7 Service Pack 1” -> Click OK
(By the way, notice it is only a 44MB download if you do it this way!)

Kudos to Microsoft for putting out a great operating system in Windows 7 (and let’s face it, they owed us after the Vista debacle), such that the release of the first Service Pack, which is normally a BIG deal, is pretty much a yawner.

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