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Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1 released to public

On February 22, 2011, Microsoft released Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 to the general public. Should you download and install it?

As of February 22, 2011, Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 is available to the general public from the Microsoft Service Pack Center. Windows 7 SP1 includes previously released security, performance, and stability updates, plus some improvements to features and services.

Microsoft suggests that individuals just let the normal Windows update system handle installation of the service pack. However, if you'd like to accelerate the process, you can download the file and install it manually. The install will take around 30 minutes, and you will have to reboot the PC during the process.

Depending on what method is used to install the service pack, you will need anywhere from 750MB to 7400MB of available disk space storage to complete the installation procedure, so plan accordingly. If you have a pre-release version of SP1 installed, you will have to uninstall it before you install the latest version.

Also note that some antivirus software will prevent SP1 from being installed properly, so you may want to temporarily turn off your antivirus while the installation takes place.

Are you planning to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 immediately? Have you already installed SP1? Did you come across any problems? Can you share any caveats with your peers about the installation process?

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92 comments
j.thiessen
j.thiessen

After update windows media player launched asking about default setting and after that nothing, acts like it wants to start and then nothing. Tried a Media Player 11 download but system just states I have newer version and the app does not show in add/remove Similar issue with IE 9, all worked fine prior to upgrade, now Igoogle will not load, and other sites that require password authentication not letting me log in System would not restore, so went for a newer 1 by a few hours. (updates had tons of security updates shortly after service pack) Then I was able to uninstall service pack but issues with IE 9 which will not reinstall and media player still an issue

sterkel
sterkel

installed via Windows update

fredericksthompson
fredericksthompson

I have problems with this 84C40007 error but i found solution here.

NetworkConsulting
NetworkConsulting

....So far so good, all seems well. For once I can say MS did a good job of an OS with windows 7 SP2, hope they don't repeat mistakes like they did with ME and Vista when they come out with Win 8. So for the update all seems good so far. Network Consulting

LSWVN
LSWVN

It installed/attempted on 6 computers. Two laptops had general fault error and would not boot up even in safe mode. Two desktops failed, one successful. (These were all 64 bit machines) One laptop 32 bit successful.

TuneUp Utilities
TuneUp Utilities

I definitely think PC users would benefit from downloading SP1 since it includes fixes that haven???t been released to the public yet. The process for downloading it is really simple and it packs major updates for all Windows 7 editions. You can find out more about steps to take before installing SP1 on my blog at http://bit.ly/hYmz3y

panoochi
panoochi

Haven't had time to investigate, but since installing SP1 my machine freezes for 10-30 seconds every few minutes - logs show nothing. Task manager is useless because it freezes also. Recommend not installing on production machines in your environment until you thoroughly test it out.

dwdino
dwdino

... no issues and none longer than 40 minutes.

Thad McIlroy, The Future of Publishing
Thad McIlroy, The Future of Publishing

I'm on hour 6 since allowing the SP1 auto-install on Windows 7 on a brand new Asus. I'm finding there are a ton of people with a variety of nightmares similar to mine, but no fixes. None of the standard Windows diagnostics, uninstalls, repairs, etc. work. Aaargh. I'm turning 55 years old this year...I can take it any more!!!! I recovered from triple bypass surgery faster than my Asus is recovering from SP1.

rconnor
rconnor

I upgrade both a HP laptop and HP Desktop both were originally Vista Machines and I did a clean install for the upgrade. I have been very happy with 7 over vista. Both machines installed SP1 during there nighttime windows update cycle. Both seem to work fine. The only issue is the Desktop will stop at a BIOS screen when restarting from future Window Update Restart. If I completely power down then back up it boots fine and works fine.

D-Ram
D-Ram

I let an HP machine do the auto update for SP1 and made as far as a restart screen stating it was completing "process 2 of 2" and has been stuck there for 4 days (Yes I left it because I have 134 other devices to maintain), thinking of just hitting the power switch and let what ever happens happen.

andygawg
andygawg

If you have ever used this program try all available fixes (use a backup of your registery if you have one, or get one from the website) also use the windows upgrade prep. tool. This may then allow you to install sp1. All fixes failed for me and I had to use a system image from back in December before I had ever used this program. (The install worked fine then) The reason for this is that drive sweeper is too enthusiastic about removing components and also removes some key windows OS files that are needed for service pack upgrades. Beware.

BIO Hazard GXP
BIO Hazard GXP

Made the mistake of installing WIN 7 SP1. Install seemed to go smooth. Problems started immediately once system rebooted after install. First problem was the enormous amount of time required to boot after install. Even after subsequent reboots system takes forever to boot up. Extremely disappointed. I then realized that the install of WIN 7 SP1 has toasted my sound. Appears to have altered the configuration of my Soundblaster XFI PCIE Titanium sound card. It appears to have especially trashed sound in Windows Media Player. Also notice that shut down or reboot time has increased by a factor of 10. Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

alin.dobre
alin.dobre

There are issues related to installing SP1 on computers with Language Packs installed.

leighton
leighton

I installed SP1 and wound up backing it out. No matter what browser I used, I could not get a download to complete. It would stop at about 95% completion. Also had trouble with the Intellitype software not completing its' installation. After backing out to Win 7 RTM version, the first thing it did was to correctly install the Intellitype driver software. I think I'll wait 'til after the Mar 8th update day to try to re-install. By then they should have been able to shake out all of the problems.

amsnier
amsnier

SP1 no longer gives you the option to hide update 971033 . No longer can you see the previously installed updates that were hidden . SP1 unhides previously hidden and installs them . I will NOT be installing SP1 . If you know what 971033 is then you should not install sp1 !!

kiwicasperguy
kiwicasperguy

Yup, for some reaon, after I installed SP1, running the desktop gadget ment that WIndows 7 Ultimate wanted to give them all the ram that was spare..;( which then made the Computer a sluggish as heck. Once I closed all the Desktop Gadgets most of my Ram came back to me, but then netservice wanted to take another big bite of the Ram pie. I bit the bullet on this one and let the service run but used a rambooster program to try and unload the ram, it's worked but I think it is a stop gap fix. Perhaps in the next SP or son as they can address the ram drain. It sure as heck wasn't there before the SP. So I can only surmise that SP1 had an influence, oh and by the way, Win 7 Ultimate on a purpose built computer running AMD Athlon 64 Dual core proccessor with 4 gig of Ram can it seems bluescreen quite often,,,,,3- 4 times since loading the SP1, something I thought was a thing of the past. Oh well onwards and Upwards.

Pbraquel
Pbraquel

HP - 3 older machines - all 32bit, running on1 to 2 GB RAMs - 2 Intel, 1 AMD. All is well, been running them for the last 3 days. No degradation in performance as far as I can see. The AMD reacts to program in a more stable manner. The only thing I am questioning about is 2 of them installed the IE 9 RC version, which I really did not check before giving it the OK to install. I do like IE9 look, though. One machine remained with IE8.

arthursturges
arthursturges

It did not take long at all to install with Windows Update. I do not remember exactly how long, but was a lot less than 30 minutes, maybe 5 minutes, 10 minutes at the most. Also, I did not disable any anti-virus programs as I did not have any reason to do so before reading this blog, and did not have any problem with that. I do not think I have a particularly fast system; there are allready faster systems on the market since my notebook came out. My processor is an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz, RAM is 4GB, on about a 1 year old HP Pavilion dv6 1355dx notebook. The operating system is Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. I have not had any problems since Service Pack 1 was installed 3 days ago.

Meow-san
Meow-san

Well I don't have any problems with my windows 7 ultimate. One of my friends installed the sp1 for his windows 7. Until now I can't seem to find the sp1 in my windows update. ps What are the advantages & disadvantages of SP1???

Ron_Ellis
Ron_Ellis

I do notice that problems with the ability or Windows XP to close seem to have been resolved. Otherwise any improvements or performance issues are so far not noticeable...

rcjperu
rcjperu

On my x64 Windows 7 PC the service pack has lowered the performance and speed. I have a powerful PC, but the smoothness has been replaced by an unpleasant lag. Troubleshooting.

dasam
dasam

Installed fine; no problems after two days use.

dennis1234
dennis1234

I recently upgraded my Acer Aspire one netbook,which has the latest bios on it! from Windows xp SP3 to Windows 7 Ultimate! I downloaded SP1 from the public library, as My Nokia CS-18 internet stick from Rogers! Pay as you go plan, is based on how much I download ! so I try and keep downloading at home to a minimum! I tried installing SP1 on Windows 7 Ultimate! I tried everything, but it did not want to install! than I tried downloading all the updates on my netbook, but Service Pack 1 still did not want to install! I even downloaded the tool to fix the problem, only it didn't fix it! I than Downloaded and installed SP1 from Microsoft update, and it took a long time, but it did install ! Thanks Dennis P Gignac at dennis1234@techemail.com Bye for now!

RayJeff
RayJeff

Ok, day one, I went the Windows Update route: Had error message 000005 (or something similar) saying that there was a problem installing the update Looked for the error message and there was no listing for it. I tried again...SEVERAL times; no go. Day two. I tried the other route of downloading it from Windows download site. Same error as before. Tried several times again, no go. Day three. Tried again and this time, it worked, by way of Windows Update. Do I want to say it was because of network traffic to the Windows website? No, I don't think so, seeing as when I downloaded the full update and I still had problems installing it.

MDExTexan
MDExTexan

Using Windows Update, I installed SP1 on an Acer 64bit running Home Premium and an ASUS 64bit Intel I7 Quad core running W7 Pro with no problems. ASUS is running Teatimer, both machines running AVG which I did not disable during install. My Dell D630 32 bit did not go smoothly. Got Error 80070005 multiple times; disable UAC, turned off Zemana AntiKeylogger, still no joy. Googling the error code sent me to a thread that said "Reset AU Permission" might work. http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itprogeneral/thread/4222edeb-7068-4913-9de9-286cfc906dc4 is the hyperlink to the thread. I followed the instructions and it worked. Don't really see any performance difference before and after; I install updates for security reasons.

Alienwilly
Alienwilly

Shut down AV and external firewalls first and you should not have any issues. Flawless install, restarted 8-10 times to make sure things come up normal. Appears to function correctly. 1 minute cold boot fully functional. Happy so far on day one of install.

warshay
warshay

Running 64 bit Home Premium. I have no power saving other than shutting off monitors, but my Logitech corded USB mouse would not work after a period of nonuse. Further, it would not shutdown. I would get the spinning circle for more than 10 minutes. Uninstalling took care of those issues.

info.idre
info.idre

Prior to installing SP1 I made a Norton Ghost of my C-drive to be on the safe side. The downloding of SP1 took 30 min and the installation 10 min with no problems. Win 7 is always using boot-time for installation of system files in use! Win 7 is very well developed regarding this. Previously, I had often problems with Windows updates, when I used Win XP! Regards, sweidre

Sparksman
Sparksman

tried it yesterday on my hp pavilion dv7 4150 + W7 Prof 64bit... took some time to download, but well... installed itself w/o any problems, and running nice so far... probably even slightly faster system then before... or maybe just my imagination! ^^ naaa, seems ok till now! --- 4 of 5 stars I'd say... ;)

edean65
edean65

I installed this using the Microsoft Update page. It did take about 30 minutes on my Core 2 Duo machine. During reboot, the machine reported 30% configuration completed when it went into a shutdown and reboot. After rebooting, everything seemed fine, and Service Pack 1 was reported to have installed correctly. Does anyone have an opionion as to whether the installation report is correct, or could there be something wrong? (Also: I agree that it's best to let the autoupdate get this done. I ran it by hand from MS Update page, and I got two of the same status page which might have indicated a conflict. It's as if autoupdate had tried to do it for me despite that I was installing it. I just don't know-- all seems fine.)

amandabathrick
amandabathrick

I had no problems installing SP1. Installed it on my work computer which has Windows 7 Pro and on my home computers, Windows 7 Home Premium(64-bit) and Windows 7 Ultimate. All 3 were successful.

rocktrng
rocktrng

Tried normal mode with virus/spyware off, and tried from safe mode. Tried from WinUpdate and from a DVD created from a WinDownloadsCenter ISO download (which took me 4+ hrs to download on a DSL line). No luck yet. Figure I'll do a system repair today to see if something is wrong, and then try again.

HyperD
HyperD

We will probably test install it on a VM with a fresh snapshot first to make sure it isn't causing any problems with our current configuration...

sharpear
sharpear

When I purchased my new Sony Vaio 4th quarter of 2010 it would start installing the SP1 beta they had. I had to call MS support to get support to remove it as it caused issues with my IBM iaccess software (which they could not completely remove SP1). It was an automatic install somehow that even MS had no clue why it kept installing when it was not supposed to be released to the public. If I could, I would remove the SP1, but I didn't get a choice of installing it or not. Here is hoping MS finally worked through their issues instead of rushing it to find more flaws later.

britocj
britocj

Yes. No problems in both, a desktop and a notebook, using a DVD burned from the MS iso file.

Richard Turpin
Richard Turpin

Very pleased with the installs all ran as expected approx time per install was 27 mins. No problems or defects.

Dzmitry Z
Dzmitry Z

For some reason it would error out if I tried to download it from behind firewall. Got message Code 80072EFE. Once connected directly - no issues. First time I ever had to do this for a windows update...

mail2ri
mail2ri

Yes, I awaited this release from MS so it would patch critical vulnerabilities and other minor issues in Win'7. I took the Windows Update route, and it downloaded and installed a single file of about 62 Mb (probably because I keep all critical updates installed thru Automatic Updates). It took about 20 minutes including a reboot. So far haven't noticed any issue, 2 days after the update was applied.

Peconet Tietokoneet
Peconet Tietokoneet

I had installed Windows 7 SP1 (service pack one) on to my system and have found one issue so far. The issue is that it disables my sound card, not a big issue but one to keep in mind when you do the update. You might come up with an error relating to your sound card such as: No sound card output found, or something similar. All i did was to just reconfigure the output of my sound card and all was fine.

.Martin.
.Martin.

without any problems (so far), all done from an iso from MS

herd2it
herd2it

After 45 minutes of "install" on a white box, I had to restore. Asrock MB, P4 - 2.2ghz, radeon 9550, 2G memory. 3.0 Windows Experience Index. ALSO, it corrupted Microsoft Management console. Had to re-install windows 7.

Oh Boy!
Oh Boy!

No problems whatsoever with installation. But I don't see any improvement or change either. What exactly was the service pack for? I would have preferred some coffee.

alan
alan

It took a long time to get the initial download (circa 35 mins), probably due to excessive server traffic, but the whole process once installing went smoothly, it took about 30 mins and has been running without problems since

Wing Keong
Wing Keong

I have the same problem - no sound from all media players or at start-up. How do you re-configure your sound card?

Peconet Tietokoneet
Peconet Tietokoneet

What you need to do is Right Click on your small speaker (down at the bottom right of your screen). And select "settings". In the settings, just look for which sound input/output that you normally use relating to your soundcard or onboard sound chip.