Yesterday Robert broke the news that the official beta of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 has been released by Microsoft. His article contained the relevant information about the upcoming service pack, and the information that it was available for download for Technet subscribers only.
That last sentence was not entirely correct, as Windows 7 SP1 is offered to non-Technet subscribers as well, providing that they are working in IT or as developers.
The Technet Evaluation Center page links to the download registration. A Windows Live ID is required, as is the selection of the right occupation before the downloads are shown. IT Manager or developer will do fine on this screen.
Windows 7 SP1 Beta is offered via Windows Update or as an ISO image that needs to be burned before it can be used and tested.
A small program is downloaded if the Windows Update option is selected. This tool will enable the service pack download in Windows Update, we have uploaded the 32-bit and 64-bit tool to our server for your convenience.
It usually takes a moment before the updates become available via Windows Update. An important update is offered prior to the Service Pack 1 update.
Windows 7 users who ponder with the though of installing the update should consider the following: The Windows 7 SP1 will not add new features to the operating system which means that there is not a reason to install it on a home system.
The beta will expire on June 30, 2011 and needs to be either uninstalled or upgraded before that date.
*Windows 7 Minimum System Requirements:
* 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
* 1 GB of RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
* 16 GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)
* DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
* DVD-compatible drive
* Internet access (fees may apply)
Uninstallation of Windows 7 SP1
The easiest way to uninstall SP1 Beta is using Programs and Features.
If you’ve used the Disk Cleanup Wizard since you’ve installed SP1 Beta, the backup files needed to uninstall the service pack might have been removed from your computer. If that’s the case, then use System Restore to uninstall the service pack.
1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click Control Panel, click Programs, and then click Programs and Features.
2. Click View installed updates.
3. Click Service Pack for Microsoft Windows (KB 976932), and then click Uninstall.
If you don’t see Service Pack for Microsoft Windows (KB 976932) in the list of installed updates, or if the uninstall option is disabled, use System Restore to uninstall the service pack.