Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Microsoft release Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (RC)

Microsoft have announced the release of Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 7 (with the same Service Pack also updating Windows Server 2008 R2).

However, there is no reason for any Windows 7 users to download this SP1, as it is what is referred to as a Release Candidate (RC) Service Pack. These are designed for IT Techies responsible for large corporate systems to test the Service Pack, before a more widely available SP1 is released to the general public. Anyone who does install this SP1 (RC) will have to uninstall it once the live version is released later this year.

In addition, in the Microsoft Blog where they announced this release (http://goo.gl/wY07X) they have told us that it doesn't address any major issues within Windows 7 anyway.

It seems to be just a round-up of all previously released Windows 7 patches and hotfixes. As with any software update, installing it may cause issues with your Windows 7 computer.

Windows 7 is the latest version of the Microsoft Windows operating systems - and is by far the best they have released to date. I suspect that Windows 7 is the operating system that Microsoft had hoped Windows Vista should have been. (In time Microsoft are likely to quietly airbrush Windows Vista out of their history.)

Many of my clients still prefer Windows XP - as it is a very easy to use, stable platform which they are very familiar with. But, Microsoft no longer supply Windows XP and you wouldn't wish to downgrade a Windows 7 computer to Windows Vista.

Most folk have forgotten that Windows XP was a woefully inadequate operating system when it first appeared on the scene in October 2001. In typical Microsoft fashion it was released to the market full of bugs and problems, with the unsuspecting public being used as testers of the software. Several Service Packs were released over many years (SP1, SP1a, SP2, SP2b, SP2c). This culminated in the release of SP3 in April 2008, and it was the advent of that upgrade which finally saw Windows XP become really stable.

The IT Dept fully recommends Windows 7 for newer computers. It is faster and uses less memory and processing power to do a whole lot more than Windows XP or Windows Vista can do.

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