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Windows 7 SP1 RC released

Windows 7 SP1 RC released

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate is now available for download, but there's no new features on the desktop side.

Microsoft has announced the launch of the Release Candidate version of Windows 7 Service Pack 1, the last test version prior to its official release.

While the service pack, which is shared between Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, comprises a collection of all the latest bug fixes and security patches to have been released since the launch of the operating system, Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc has confirmed that Windows 7 users won't be getting any new features if they choose to install the update.

While Windows Server 2008 R2 users will enjoy the addition of two new virtualisation-related technologies, Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX, to their operating system, Windows 7 users will have to be content with the knowledge that they are running the very latest patches on their system.

Dynamic Memory is an improvement to Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualisation hypervisor which, the company claims, increases the software's memory usage efficiency, allowing physical memory to be rapidly allocated to hard-working virtual machines with no down time.

RemoteFX is designed to improve the use of thin-client machines on Microsoft's Remote Desktop protocol, adding support for local USB peripheral pass-through and improved performance for graphics-intensive applications.

The release candidate has been made available for public download on Microsoft's Technet site, although early adopters are warned that the installation process can take up to two hours to complete.

Are you pleased to see that Microsoft is forging ahead with Service Pack 1 for Windows 7, or just disappointed that it hasn't added any new toys to the mix? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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mi1ez 27th October 2010, 13:01 Quote
Perfectly good OS, so I wasn't really hoping for any new features.
DragunovHUN 27th October 2010, 13:05 Quote
Is it still just all the previous updates rolled into one package?
NethLyn 27th October 2010, 13:11 Quote
I am over the moon that packaging all the important updates is all they've done, meaning IE9 and any other headline additions, will be separate downloads. Sometimes it's best to keep it boring and simple!
r3loaded 27th October 2010, 13:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by DragunovHUN
Is it still just all the previous updates rolled into one package?
Yep, it's just that, plus the aforementioned Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX. Unless you're a sysadmin with a server, there's zero reason to run out and install the SP1 RC right now.
ZeDestructor 27th October 2010, 13:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by DragunovHUN
Is it still just all the previous updates rolled into one package?

Yes. and a few more involved patches for good measure
Bauul 27th October 2010, 13:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by NethLyn
I am over the moon that packaging all the important updates is all they've done, meaning IE9 and any other headline additions, will be separate downloads. Sometimes it's best to keep it boring and simple!

I agree, Win7 is actually pretty damn good as it is. I've barely edited it from the default installation (apart from one small program to change the task bar behaviour). I'd much rather just something to tidy it up than add any huge improvement that may well break something.
Doctor Hades 27th October 2010, 14:23 Quote
Apart from the bug where renamed files don't always show until I hit F5 to refresh the screen, Windows 7 has been impressively stable and without major issues for me. I've been very impressed with it so I'm happy to wait for the official Service Pack release next year.
Bungletron 27th October 2010, 14:48 Quote
I have been very happy with Windows 7, testament to the developers it works very well so no massive update required (although I beleive I feel I should probably take credit for this because I'm a pc and I invented Windows 7).

When MS come up with some new feature I would love to have them. Wasn't XP SP1 bug fixes and SP2 a stack of useful new features?
Blassster 27th October 2010, 15:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Doctor Hades
Apart from the bug where renamed files don't always show until I hit F5 to refresh the screen, Windows 7 has been impressively stable and without major issues for me. I've been very impressed with it so I'm happy to wait for the official Service Pack release next year.

Same problem. It was from the KB980408 update originally (just google), and then again during another update after I fixed it the first time. I had to search but I think this is the exact fix that I used before.
Registry fix posting

As always, be careful when considering user made registry fixes... it may be wise to back up your stuffs but this worked for me.
bobwya 27th October 2010, 16:50 Quote
Still waiting for MS to fix the windows stealing focus bug (which is well documented all over the web forums). I would almost go back to Windows XP x64 to get around this!! I tried to report it to MS as a bug and they wanted to charge me hundreds of quid for the privilege (despite my owning a Windows 7 Professional license and 2x Windows 7 Premium licenses).
My plan to switch fully to Ubuntu has been given yet more incentive... Certainly won't be forking out again for any MS operating systems ever again...
I bet W7 Service Pack 1 has nothing actually useful in it...
Snips 27th October 2010, 20:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by bobwya
Still waiting for MS to fix the windows stealing focus bug (which is well documented all over the web forums). I would almost go back to Windows XP x64 to get around this!! I tried to report it to MS as a bug and they wanted to charge me hundreds of quid for the privilege (despite my owning a Windows 7 Professional license and 2x Windows 7 Premium licenses).
My plan to switch fully to Ubuntu has been given yet more incentive... Certainly won't be forking out again for any MS operating systems ever again...
I bet W7 Service Pack 1 has nothing actually useful in it...

I was about to say how positive the posts have been about Win7. However, there's always one rotten apple talking nonsense to ruin it for the rest of us!
LordPyrinc 28th October 2010, 01:50 Quote
Interesting... I've experienced that focus stealing bug myself. I would really like it to be fixed in the future, but other than that, I really can't complain about the OS. In nearly a year of heavy usage I've only had one BSOD crash and that was seemingly random. I had Task Manager window open and was resizing the Task Manager window. Had done it plenty of times before and since with no other issues. Processes aside, the only applications running at the time were IE8, a couple of explorer windows, and my wireless connection software. I'm pretty sure I can live with one crash in 10 months of use. I'm running the Home Premium version.
SMIFFYDUDE 28th October 2010, 03:13 Quote
XP forever!

*ducks for cover
Volund 28th October 2010, 03:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
XP forever!

*ducks for cover

now that is just unnecessary in this thread, all it is going to do is cause issues....


I'll be interested to see what updates it is going to include in the final version
schmidtbag 28th October 2010, 04:41 Quote
i'd much rather see windows 7 become less memory and disk consuming first before anything. i still find it incredibly bloated, especially the 64 bit version.
BioSniper 28th October 2010, 07:15 Quote
I always love when someone whines about it being "memory intensive". So what is 4GB of ram for if you aren't going to use it?
I'd want my memory to be used so my OS runs better.

Also Win7 relinquishes RAM fine for other applications as required unlike previous OS versions (Vista, XP)
If you have an issue with the ram being used, buy more ram! You will find the OS scales it's memory usage to a point though and will eat about 1/3rd on purpose.
PlayedStation 28th October 2010, 10:16 Quote
I'm Josef Fritzl, and no Windows was my idea.

Seriously though, very impressed with windows 7, I've not experienced any issues thus far, i'm almost tempted to buy a touch screen monitor to see what else it can do.

Vista always was destined to be the red headed step child of the family.
impar 28th October 2010, 10:17 Quote
Greetings!
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Originally Posted by BioSniper
I always love when someone whines about it being "memory intensive". So what is 4GB of ram for if you aren't going to use it?
Well, Windows and always-on applications use around 1GB, Starcraft 2 uses 2GB, leaves 1GB for other applications (Firefox, etc).
Slyporkie 29th October 2010, 14:55 Quote
In 2010, people still on about HDD and memory usage?

Shouldn't usage be about efficiency of use, rather than amount of usage?
jocurileus 29th October 2010, 17:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
XP forever!

*ducks for cover
Ubuntu forever, just kiddin.

I hope they wont just bundle some other programs (bloatware) for nothing, I like just the way it is now. Maybe some unnecessary programs but it's ok.
If they want to introduce all the hotfixes and bigger bug repairs in one bundle is okay. But pls dont put in ie 9 or other microsoftian products.
MitchBomcanhao 30th October 2010, 09:44 Quote
service packs are for fixes, not adding features. microsoft has mixed that up too much, because they made stuff like XP last too long - needed new features to keep up.
dyzophoria 1st November 2010, 21:01 Quote
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In 2010, people still on about HDD and memory usage?

Shouldn't usage be about efficiency of use, rather than amount of usage?

lol, HDD and memory usage is the new e-peen i guess, I really wish everybody would just let XP go,lol
Xir 2nd November 2010, 10:06 Quote
Ah..the SP1.
Finally time to get Win7 :-)
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