Microsoft Releases Windows 7 Service Pack 1

A year and a half after Windows 7 was released, Microsoft finally found enough updates to cram together into a service pack. Nearly 800 updates are included, so if you haven’t been updating lately consider yourself lucky to be fully updated with a click of a button. When you do decide to update, be sure to give yourself a half hour to be fully updated. If you’re running 32-bit Windows 7, this update will cost you 537 MB of hard drive space. If you’re running 64-bit, it’ll run you 903 MB.

From the mouth of Microsoft:

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is a recommended collection of updates and improvements that are combined into a single installable update. The service pack can help make your computer safer and more reliable. A typical installation will take about 30 minutes to complete, and you will have to restart your computer about halfway through the process.”

I’m sure some of you are wondering if this service pack will send your “unofficial” version of Windows 7 into Genuine Activation Hell, but I have a feeling you’ll be okay. Trust me on this. Trust me.

There aren’t many fixes in this update that will make you want to rush home to update your computer, but I did take some time to read through some of the 800 rows of a spreadsheet that Microsoft put up which details all the fixes. For comical relief, I’ve pasted some of the more… entertaining ones below:

KB 974043: “CPU usage reaches almost 100 percent when you reply to or forward an e-mail message in Outlook 2003 on a computer that has Internet Explorer 7 or Internet Explorer 8 installed
KB 974813
: “A computer that is running Windows 7 does not start after you force the computer to shut down
KB 975499
: “A black rectangle appears on the secondary screen when you play some media from the Start menu on a Windows 7-based computer
KB 2293330
: “You may incorrectly receive a “Consider replacing your battery” warning message on some older HP notebook computers that are running Windows 7
KB 2265716
: “A computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7 stops responding randomly

So much to comment on. So little time. Anyways, enjoy your new service pack which you may or may not (more likely) notice any differences.

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Patrick is the founder and editor-in-chief of pinglio. He works as a system administrator and studied at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He currently lives in Chicago with his girlfriend and two dogs.