Windows 7 Service Pack 1

February 10, 2011

Windows Service Pack 1 is due for release February 22nd. So thought I would cover a few ground rules for when service packing a computer.

Service packs often fix a considerable amount of bugs and introduce new feature sets to ensure compatibility with the rest of the Microsoft Windows family. However, service packs can also go wrong on install, if precautions are not taken. Thankfully many of the recent service packs make changes to windows on reboot, when it has no third party applications or services running.

So, the easy wins. Close all other programs and windows while updating and make sure the computer will not be interrupted during the update processes, such as low battery or someone working on the electrics in the building. If using any real time scanners, such as anti-spam, anti-spyware, parental controls, disable them momentarily. Also make sure you are logged in as an administrative users. To test your are elevated to administrator account, see if you can change the time on the clock. (Quick way of checking).

If given the option during the later stages of the update, make sure you opt to save the ability to roll back to non-service pack state. Not sure if this update will include that, but always worth the little bit of hard drive space it consumes, to have the ability to remove an update

Windows Service Pack 1 is due for release February 22nd. So thought I would cover a few ground rules for when service packing a computer.Service packs often fix a considerable amount of bugs and introduce new feature sets to ensure compatibility with the rest of the Microsoft Windows family. However, service packs can also go wrong on install, if precautions are not taken.

Thankfully many of the recent service packs make changes to windows on reboot, when it has no third party applications or services running.

So, the easy wins. Close all other programs and windows while updating and make sure the computer will not be interrupted during the update processes, such as low battery or someone working on the electrics in the building. If using any real time scanners, such as anti-spam, anti-spyware, parental controls, disable them momentarily. Also make sure you are logged in as an administrative users. To test your are elevated to administrator account, see if you can change the time on the clock. (Quick way of checking).If given the option during the later stages of the update, make sure you opt to save the ability to roll back to non-service pack state. Not sure if this update will include that, but always worth the little bit of hard drive space it consumes, to have the ability to remove an update

Sadly no interesting new features in this update, nor any negative things imposed. So all is fair.

Posted by Kieran Donnelly