Can I upgrade to Windows 7 SP1 without losing data?

Erlis D. November 15, 2012

Some time ago a Windows update appeared to update to Windows 7 SP1! I hid the update since I was unsure if I should apply it or not. What would you suggest?

I don’t want my programs or anything to get messed up. Is it like an upgrade from a version of Windows to another (like from Vista to 7) where I need to install my programs again… Does it affect my files?

Thanks in advance!

  1. prasad kondaveti
    December 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    you can upgrade

  2. Qin Tang
    November 19, 2012 at 3:48 am

    It's better to backup your data before updating your system.

  3. Yogiraj Mishra
    November 16, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Yes You can ! there is no probs in that its fully safe.

  4. Rakesh Mishra
    November 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    u can upgrade only your instALLED software will be lost

    • Alan Wade
      November 15, 2012 at 2:53 pm

      No installed software will be lost with a normal upgrade.

      • Erlis D.
        November 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm

        Don't worry! I did the upgrade and everything went fine! :)

        • Alan Wade
          November 16, 2012 at 4:01 pm

          Glad it went well :)

  5. Nikhil Chandak
    November 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Yes u can !

  6. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 15, 2012 at 10:04 am

    You can upgrade without losing anything. I was reluctant too but then I tried my luck. It'll ask for reboot but that's all. Go on and update:)

    • Erlis D.
      November 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks! I will do this update! :)

  7. Stanimir Mihov
    November 15, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Its not usual for data loss to occur during a Service Pack Update

    • Erlis D.
      November 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks for your comment!

  8. Jan Fritsch
    November 15, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Usually neither an update nor upgrade requires the reinstallation of software – only if the installed version is incompatible with the newer system.

    As for the Service Pack 1 it should be safe to install without having to do any reinstallation or updating of other software. Basically a service pack is a like the last 100+ security updates and a bunch of new updates packaged into a single installation.

    Not messing things up or losing data is another topic – it's a risk with any and everything you install. If your system is already "full of bugs and errors" the update could fail and render your system unbootable. If you never faced any issues until now SP1 should install without any problem.

    • Erlis D.
      November 15, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      My windows os doesn't have any bugs 'till now, so I should probably install this update! :) Thanks for your answer!

  9. Owaseye ILEMOBAYO
    November 15, 2012 at 9:04 am


  10. Anonymous
    November 15, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Updating your system with a service pack does not affect your programs and data. It is merely a bundle of all of the released hotfixes and patches up to the release date of the service pack that are all installed at the same time. If you have been keeping your system up-to-date with all of the previous patches, the service pack won't even be changing many of the operating system files anyway.BTW, upgrading from Vista to 7 in most cases does not require reinstallation of your programs either unless you are shifting from 32-bit to 64-bit or vice versa or going from a more expansive edition to a lesser one (Professional or Ultimate to Home Premium for example).

    • Erlis D.
      November 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      I've done all the lasted updates. But I will try do install this update too!

  11. Terafall
    November 15, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Usually it is safe to update to SP1 but backup in case something went wrong

    • Erlis D.
      November 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks for your suggestion!

  12. Alan Wade
    November 15, 2012 at 8:35 am

    You can safely upgrade to SP1 without any loss of data, files, programs etc.

    • Erlis D.
      November 15, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks Alan! I really appreciate your answer! I will do the update then!

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