There is still some uncertainty about the alleged Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RTM build considering that Microsoft has not yet officially confirmed the final build string. Even if that is so, the service pack version that several sources claim to be the Windows 7 SP1 RTM release has leaked to the Internet.
The release is available on various torrent websites but also on respected download portals such as Softpedia. Softpedia for instance offers download links for both the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of the service pack. The downloads are hosted on the Softpedia server which means that they have been thoroughly checked for malicious code.
The build number is 7601.17514.101119-1850, the downloads have a size of 538 Megabytes (Windows 7 SP1 32-bit) and 903 Megabytes (Windows 7 SP1 64-bit).
The Windows 7 Service Pack 1 will introduce a few new features to the operating system, namely:
Additional support for communication with third-party federation services
Improved HDMI audio device performance
Corrected behavior when printing mixed-orientation XPS documents
Enhanced support for additional identities in RRAS and IPsec
Support for Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
Change to behavior of “Restore previous folders at logon” functionality
This indicates that it is reasonable for the majority of users to wait until the service pack is officially released by Microsoft. Only users who need the additional functionality and users who want to test it may benefit from downloading and installing the leaked version directly.
The service pack can only be installed on Windows 7 systems that do not have another version of the service pack installed. Users need to uninstall beta and release candidates of the service pack before they can install the RTM release. The service pack can also only be installed on RTM versions of Windows 7.
What’s your take on the leak? Will you download and install it, or wait until the official release announcement is made by Microsoft?