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Windows 7 SP1 due this year

Windows 7 SP1 due this year

The first Service Pack for Windows 7 could be due earlier than expected - possibly before the end of the year.

Reports circulating the 'net suggest that Microsoft might be pushing forward the release of the first Windows 7 Service Pack - possibly looking to have it ship before the end of the year.

According to unnamed sources quoted over on Tech ARP - a site which has been previously accurately predicted the release dates of patches and service packs for Microsoft products - the original twenty-two month development cycle Microsoft had planned for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 has been trimmed following the discovery of several bugs in the operating system which can degrade performance.

While most of the major bugs have been fixed - and the rest have patches currently running the gamut of testing prior to general availability - Microsoft is apparently keen to make the Windows 7 experience as pleasant as possible for its customers, and will be rolling the updates into the operating system's first Service Pack for release in the last quarter of 2010.

The move will be of particular interest to business users: many corporations eschew new versions of the Windows operating system until the release of the first Service Pack, in order to allow third parties to discover the bugs and iron out the wrinkles prior to an expensive large-scale deployment. With sales figures for Microsoft's latest operating system already through the roof, the launch of SP1 could very well boost the company's coffers considerably.

Thus far, Microsoft hasn't confirmed or denied the rumoured launch date.

Are you pleased to see Microsoft hurrying along the first bundle of fixes, or are you saddened at the fact that the company has found enough bugs in its latest Windows release to justify speeding the development cycle? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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rickysio 10th March 2010, 15:30 Quote
I'd move on to Win7 when the goddamned router of mine supports it, or I'd be stuck without internet.
Breathless 10th March 2010, 15:35 Quote
Or just upgrade your crappy router?
Redbeaver 10th March 2010, 15:35 Quote
how is a router needs to be supported by the OS to be able to work....?

back on story, im just hoping they can iron out the networking issues (path routing,network discoveries, domain controllers, etc.) so i can run it in my office.

thus i agree. with SP1 coming out, theres a big chance M$ will be reaping some extra loads of $$ due to business interests.
cjoyce1980 10th March 2010, 15:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by rickysio
I'd move on to Win7 when the goddamned router of mine supports it, or I'd be stuck without internet.

or buy a new one :)

plus a router is just a router and will work with any OS, unless its one of those apple ones.
Jezcentral 10th March 2010, 15:38 Quote
Corporations don't tend to upgrade their OSs until the first Service Pack, so all the initial teethin gproblems have been ironed out, so this could be just a push to get the REALLY big orders in, from those who didn't upgrade to Vista.
mi1ez 10th March 2010, 15:40 Quote
Hmmm... If I time it right, I can get an SSD, install a fresh W7, SP1, and zip away with awesome performance!
Digi 10th March 2010, 15:43 Quote
Having used it in beta and RC forms for about 6 months before release and officially after release with a full copy of ultimate I would have to say I have been silenced in most of my M$ grumblings, they finally did something right. Service packs earlier rather than later are fine in my opinion. Iron out the big creases and you can get the small stuff later.
thehippoz 10th March 2010, 15:47 Quote
so I guess vista will get sp3 :D
NethLyn 10th March 2010, 15:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by cjoyce1980
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Originally Posted by rickysio
I'd move on to Win7 when the goddamned router of mine supports it, or I'd be stuck without internet.

or buy a new one :)

plus a router is just a router and will work with any OS, unless its one of those apple ones.

Well the router might be supported but the NIC is a different story - I've only got drivers up to Vista for my 3Com card. Thankfully W7 did support the integrated NIC on my mobo so that's the only reason it works and I'm online with it now.
RichCreedy 10th March 2010, 16:07 Quote
some of the routers dont play nice with windows 7 on wireless
ffjason 10th March 2010, 16:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by RichCreedy
some of the routers dont play nice with windows 7 on wireless

Routers don't need drivers... so the operating system will not make a difference. What you're talking about is the drivers for the wireless card which are causing issues. In my experience i have had more problems with windows vista drivers and xp drivers for wireless than I'd care to remember. So far I have not seen a single problem with wireless drivers on 7 and i've even tested some pretty old wireless cards on 64-bit 7 which have no actual 7 support and limited support for vista (32-bit). They were even flaky on XP but again no issues on 7.
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Originally Posted by NethLyn
Well the router might be supported but the NIC is a different story - I've only got drivers up to Vista for my 3Com card. Thankfully W7 did support the integrated NIC on my mobo so that's the only reason it works and I'm online with it now.

If your NIC has Vista drivers chances are they'll install and work with 7, have you tried?



I have no issues with a quick SP1 for 7. I think the OS is much more stable than any previous OS prior to their SP1's. The early release should represent that. Though I wouldn't want them to rush anything out without fully testing it first as that will have the opposite effect on users.
brave758 10th March 2010, 17:00 Quote
I want to know where's Vista's update!
Anfield 10th March 2010, 17:11 Quote
Nothing wrong with a early Service Pack, more convenient than having lots of separate updates, besides it makes sense for MS as well, it means they can have some new skus for the Christmas business.
shanky887614 10th March 2010, 17:21 Quote
you don't need any drivers for router

what you need is just go down to the shop buy a wireless lan usb adapter (the thing that sends and resives signels from router)
you can get a good one for under £20 and win7 supports most with its own drivers

anyway i think that it will be good when m$ release service pack 1 for win7, hopefully it will be released before september (so i can get it on student offer (ultimate for £50))
rimscar 10th March 2010, 17:59 Quote
yep, for me W7 is far more "malleable" than Wxp--i run the former on my personal workstation and home pcs/laptops so supporting my client xp machines i find myself really missing some of the basic functionality of W7!
i've certainly seen some issues such as BlackSOD, and my technique for snap still needs some work (lol), but i would say W7 is a big win for M$, so credit where it is due.
so not bothered about SP1, as i don't have any issues with it!
kenco_uk 10th March 2010, 18:05 Quote
XP SP4 ftw.
shanky887614 10th March 2010, 18:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by rimscar
yep, for me W7 is far more "malleable" than Wxp--i run the former on my personal workstation and home pcs/laptops so supporting my client xp machines i find myself really missing some of the basic functionality of W7!
i've certainly seen some issues such as BlackSOD, and my technique for snap still needs some work (lol), but i would say W7 is a big win for M$, so credit where it is due.
so not bothered about SP1, as i don't have any issues with it!

its not so much that im botherd about sp1 its just when it gets to the point you get to every year or two it is nice to do a bit of spring cleaning with a fresh install and the service packs make this so much quicker
MitchBomcanhao 10th March 2010, 18:43 Quote
wish it'll fix the bug i got on the photo viewer application.
if i'm clicking right arrow to browse through the photos, suddenly the command will jump from the "next" command to the top buttons that say FILE, PRINT, EDIT, etc. it is very annoying and I have experienced it since the pre-beta stage...
NethLyn 10th March 2010, 20:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by ffjason
If your NIC has Vista drivers chances are they'll install and work with 7, have you tried?

The difference was, in XP the driver was native by SP2/3, in Vista the same driver when accessed from the installation disc still worked and then IIRC that was updated in SP2. Trying both for Win7 didn't work, the integrated NIC did, so I moved on and embraced the integration because it just works as well for doing the same job - given that I don't believe in wireless, too much hassle.

I'm struggling to think what would require a SP1 for Win 7 on the 64-Bit side of things, but I did upgrade to it after the Black/Grey Screen of Death was sorted out.
Anfield 10th March 2010, 21:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by kenco_uk
XP SP4 ftw.

I think that hell will freeze over before that happens, just in case I should be right, here some usb powered gloves:D

Anyway, I know that there have been rumors of sp4 for years, but why would they do it? MS doesn't have any interest in Companies delaying upgrading to a new OS any further and most netbooks can run Windows 7.
ZERO <ibis> 10th March 2010, 22:05 Quote
I can not even think of anything they would have in the update. I have so far been really happy with 7 and compared to the experience when xp first came out I must say this is the best experience with a new os I have ever had. While I did run into some problems they were more due to me wanting my configuration to work a particular way and were not hard to fix with a few registry hacks. Stability wise it is way better than when I first got xp which did have a lot of issues until sp1 came out. The only thing I can really say I had real problems with for the first time in windows was sharing files. It is easy if both computers are on 7 but trying to get the **** to share with xp systems had me scratching my head for an hour and questioning my intelligence.
Golygus 10th March 2010, 22:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by ffjason
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Originally Posted by RichCreedy
some of the routers dont play nice with windows 7 on wireless

Routers don't need drivers... so the operating system will not make a difference.

Routers don't need drivers no, however the OS can make a difference, though problems manifest themselves more with wireless, and with cheaper routers.

When XP SP3 was released things stopped working. same for vista. I've not yet seen it in 7 (assuming that's down to the similarities to vista).

I've also seen a lot of driver issues. But take this one router firmware release notes as an example:
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If you are using one of the following firmware for your BiPAC 5200 series router, you are strongly recommended to update it with the latest version which is released to solve the incompatibility issue with Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3
azrael- 10th March 2010, 22:43 Quote
Well, MS could start by fixing the auto sort in Explorer. I don't want Explorer to f****** auto sort my files when I e.g. unpack a RAR file.
shanky887614 10th March 2010, 22:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by azrael-
Well, MS could start by fixing the auto sort in Explorer. I don't want Explorer to f****** auto sort my files when I e.g. unpack a RAR file.

why not just turn it off?
leexgx 11th March 2010, 00:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by rickysio
I'd move on to Win7 when the goddamned router of mine supports it, or I'd be stuck without internet.

bad first comment (must be talking about wireless device drivers), the only router i have had problems with was an ADSL edimax router and SP3 for XP as it would make the DHCP Crash on them and then the router would auto reboot (no sp3, router worked fine or set the SP3 pc to static IP work fine as well) but an update was made for them to fix it

@azrael-
think its more auto refresh, i like it for the most part as it saves me having tp press reload when i have unpacked files, just sort it using crated date not modified

can you turn auto refresh off not really checked
Matticus 11th March 2010, 01:05 Quote
I was really loving the RC and beta. I was really excited about retail, especially getting it through msdnaa, then all of a sudden I was disappointed, I have had more problems with retail than beta or RC. It seems crazy that it could have got worse for me, my friends have experienced similar issues that were just not there in the beta/RC. Hopefully sp1 will get me back to RC speeds and reliability.
thehippoz 11th March 2010, 01:29 Quote
well the service packs are basically a collection of patches up to that point.. put all into one- used to slipstream new disks
ou7blaze 11th March 2010, 04:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jezcentral
Corporations don't tend to upgrade their OSs until the first Service Pack, so all the initial teethin gproblems have been ironed out, so this could be just a push to get the REALLY big orders in, from those who didn't upgrade to Vista.

Back when Vista had just realsied I was working part time for a market research company (Taylor Nelson Sofres) I think is from the UK? Anyway, we questioned many businesses in Asia and many didn't upgrade to Vista because of the many problems it had. Of course that's Asia but I think it's the same story for most companies in other countries.
HandMadeAndroid 11th March 2010, 05:25 Quote
I really love w7, its like the PC has come of age
shanky887614 11th March 2010, 11:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by HandMadeAndroid
I really love w7, its like the PC has come of age

dont say that casue it emplies that it will soon get the best possible and then die or get considerably worse
Fizzban 11th March 2010, 14:21 Quote
I think its good that they are getting on with it and fixing problems. A SP is nice and simple way of fixing problems rather than countless tiny fixs.
macroman 11th March 2010, 19:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by shanky887614
Quote:
Originally Posted by HandMadeAndroid
I really love w7, its like the PC has come of age

dont say that casue it emplies that it will soon get the best possible and then die or get considerably worse

??
dec 11th March 2010, 19:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by shanky887614
Quote:
Originally Posted by HandMadeAndroid
I really love w7, its like the PC has come of age

dont say that casue it emplies that it will soon get the best possible and then die or get considerably worse

i did read an article about desktops being replaced by smartphones on yahoo.com...... Then again who would really want a iPad iFail over i7-980X FTW!
azrael- 11th March 2010, 19:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by shanky887614
why not just turn it off?
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Originally Posted by leexgx
<snip>

@azrael-
think its more auto refresh, i like it for the most part as it saves me having tp press reload when i have unpacked files, just sort it using crated date not modified

can you turn auto refresh off not really checked
Apparently you can't switch off this behaviour and it's driving people nuts (me included). For starters have a look here and here.
thehippoz 11th March 2010, 21:07 Quote
rollo 12th March 2010, 15:32 Quote
windows 7 for me has been abug free expereance, Considerably better than the RC was
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