The first service pack for the Windows operating system will be released to the public in the coming week. MSDN and Technet subscribers on the other hand are able to download Windows 7 Service Pack 1 from today on. The Windows 7 Service Pack 1 release documents have been published today as well by Microsoft, and they are available publicly unlike the service pack itself.
The Documentation for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 can all be downloaded from this Microsoft Download Center page. Validation is required before the download links are made available to the user. This is either done directly if Internet Explorer is used to access the sites or by downloading a small executable to generate a number that needs to be pasted into the form on the appearing page.
The following documents are available for download:
- Deployment Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 and Windows 7 with SP1.doc – 213KB [direct download]
- Hotfixes and Security Updates included in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1.xls – 465KB [direct download]
- Installing Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1.doc – 94KB [direct download]
- Release Notes for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1.doc – 87KB
- Release Notes for Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1.doc – 87KB
The release notes are just pointing to the very same web page they are listed on. The interesting documents are the deployment guide for system administrators,
This guide is for IT administrators who are deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1). This document includes technical information, procedures, and recommendations for installing SP1 in a business or corporate environment. Although this guide includes some basic operating system information, we assume that you already have a working knowledge of Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, and update installations.
the Hotfixes and Security Updates list,
“Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 includes all previously released updates for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Many of these updates are available to the public on the Microsoft Download Center and Windows Update, while others are only available to specific customers or partners. It is standard practice to include all of these updates in a Service Pack and as such they are included in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1.
This document contains a list of these updates with links to their descriptive webpage on http://support.microsoft.com. There are other updates in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 which have not been released as updates and therefore are not presented in this list.”
and the Installing this Release of Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 document.
This document provides information about the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system with Service Pack 1, including steps to take prior to installation, installing the Service Pack, and how to uninstall the Service Pack. The Service Pack installation wizard guides you through the actual installation steps. This Service Pack updates all editions of Windows Server 2008 R2.
Please note that we have added direct download links for the three important release documents.
Microsoft furthermore updated the Knowledge Base article “Information about Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2″ with information about both service packs.