Microsoft released Windows 7 Service Pack 1 today February 22, 2011. You can get it at their Service Pack Center http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/service-packs.
Should I wait? I’d say “at least a few days – let someone else do it first.”
Can I wait? Probably. Oh, you mean me? Not likely. I’ll probably install it on at least one computer this week.
Do I have to download the file? No.
Will Windows Updates install the Service Pack for me? Yes.
More importantly, what’s included in Win7 SP1?
Can I uninstall Service Pack 1? There’s a link on the Service Pack Center to uninstall instructions.
One more bit of news –
How much free disk space do I need to have to do the SP1 installation?
According to Microsoft’s site,
- if you do it via Windows Update, a 32-bit Windows 7 will require 750MB free space for the SP1 upgrade process
- if you do it via Windows Update, a 64-bit Windows 7 will require 1050MB free space for the SP1 upgrade process
- Downloading SP1 from the MS web site, and then installing, 32-bit Windows 7 will require 4100 MB (4.1GB) free hard drive space for the installation.
- Downloading SP1 from the MS web site, and then installing, 64-bit Windows 7 will require 7400 MB (7.4GB) free hard drive space for the installation.
File size: The downloadable SP1 for 32-bit Windows 7 is 537.8 MB. The downloadable SP1 for 64-bit Windows 7 is 903.2 MB. You can even download a DVD .iso file – it’s only 1,953.3 MB.
One more thing – in order to download the file, you’ll have to install the latest “Windows Genuine Advantage” anti-piracy tool to prove your copy of Windows 7 is legitimate.
UPDATE: It must be popular in my neighborhood – and filling the cable ISP’s cache – the 903.2MB download took only about 5 minutes!