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It may surprise some of you to learn that Windows 7’s first major update – Service Pack 1 was released this week as an optional download from Microsoft and within Windows Update itself.

Provided you’ve got automatic updates turned on, you’ll probably have most of the fixes already. You’re free to jump straight in and install it right now, but some of you will at least be a bit curious about what’s inside.

How-To Geek have gone to the trouble of demystifying the contents of Microsoft’s latest update for you, with plenty of screenshots and juicy info about exactly what you’re downloading.


There’s also detailed instructions about how to go about installing the update if you’ve never installed a service pack before.

Read: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is Released: But Should You Install It?

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  1. G
    March 1, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Have installed this - took no time at all although not really surprising as I update my laptop regularly.

    SP1 - first impression it does seem a little faster (opening folders etc..) but I have not seen any 'new' features yet... hmmm they could at least give us Solitaire 2011!! :)

    Update.....
    Wow.. works great on my laptop.. BUT has totally SCREWED MY DESKTOP?!

    See here for more info... BEWARE.. this has update has PROBLEMS!
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_other-windows_update/windows-7-x64-sp1-update-stuck-on-preparing-to/c80c439a-fbaf-4c33-95b9-11bab9bf954b

  2. G
    March 1, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Have installed this - took no time at all although not really surprising as I update my laptop regularly.

    SP1 - first impression it does seem a little faster (opening folders etc..) but I have not seen any 'new' features yet... hmmm they could at least give us Solitaire 2011!! :)

    Update.....
    Wow.. works great on my laptop.. BUT has totally SCREWED MY DESKTOP?!

    See here for more info... BEWARE.. this has update has PROBLEMS!
    http://answers.microsoft.com/e...

  3. bobconstans
    February 28, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    Thank you for this - timely and just the sort of thing I was hoping I would come across

    • Aibek
      March 1, 2011 at 5:35 pm

      you're welcome!

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