Should you install Windows 7 SP1

We got an email from one of reader asking if he should install Windows 7 SP1 which came out recently. In one word, YES. I did installed it on my computers,one from MSDN and other using Windows Update and it was smooth and I do not see any issue with performance on 64 and 32 bit system.

Windows UpdateThere are two ways to install the updates :

  • Turn on your Windows Update on. This is the best way as windows will keep downloading in background and when it is ready you will know.
  • You can download it from Official Microsoft Download Page. For 64 bit it is just over 900MB and for 32 Bit it is just over 500 MB.

What Changed in Windows 7 SP 1

There are full length documents that are available here which guides you how to install for both Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. Below I am listing down the important ones.

  • Additional support for communication with third-party federation services
  • Improved HDMI audio device performance
  • Corrected behavior when printing mixed-orientation XPS documents
  • Change to behavior of “Restore previous folders at logon” functionality
  • Improved Support for Advanced Format (512e) Storage Devices

There are a lot of other minor updates like you can disable the battery performance warning. I am still looking what else is there and will keep you posted.


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