Talking About Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Talking About Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

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Today during our online Desktop Virtualization Hour event, we’ll be talking a little bit about Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

For Windows Server 2008 R2, SP1 will be introducing two new desktop virtualization features: Microsoft RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory. These features are designed to meet the increasing needs of our customers as they utilize virtualization in their environments with Windows Server 2008 R2. You can read more about RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory on the Windows Server Division WebLog.

For Windows 7, SP1 includes only minor updates, among which are previous updates that are already delivered through Windows Update. SP1 for Windows 7 will, however, deliver an updated Remote Desktop client that takes advantage of RemoteFX introduced in the server-side with SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2.

Windows 7 is ready for commercial deployments now and many industry experts have recommended that customers do not wait for SP1. Many organizations are already in the process of deploying and are receiving benefits from their Windows 7 deployment. You can read some of those customer stories, as well as Forrester’s view of the benefits of Windows 7, with the following case studies:

The Springboard Series on TechNet offers the best guidance for migrating from Windows XP as well as deploying and managing Windows 7. Some key resources to check out are:

So don’t wait - go ahead and deploy… you know you want to! ;-)

We’re not yet announcing a beta or release timeline for SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 today. Once SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is released, the service pack will be delivered through Windows Update and be available on Microsoft Download Center for download as well. UPDATE 8/1: Click on the link for more information on Windows Service Packs.

I’ll be posting more on SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 once we get close to a release milestone. And remember, our Desktop Virtualization Hour online event starts at 9am PST today. Tune in if you want to hear more about desktop virtualization!

UPDATE 3/19: Fixed broken links for the above customer case studies.

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  • are they gonna fix the chkdsk memory leak on win7?

    i have win7 64 ultimate, whenever i run chkdsk /r the process takes all of the ram he can.. right now i have 8gb and only 400mb left the chkdsk is taking 6.8gb O_O

  • I would love to see the blue background border that displayed on the left hand side of every sytem window( the Control Panel, the Getting Started etc). The current greyish background looks so dull! Vista's green one was beautiful; Even Windows 7 Beta too had it... But i want to see the blue border back again with SP1!!!

    The blue border i'm talking about can be seen in this pic:

  • anonymuos
    87 Posts

    Some features of Windows Vista/7 are so horribly and shockingly annoying that they make me throw up and stay on XP. Like the auto sort/auto refresh in List and Details views and Auto arrange in icon views. If you don't make it optional in SP1, dozens of user are going to be pissed off. Bing for "Auto sort Windows", or Auto refresh Vista or Auto Arrange Windows and see the number of annoyed users.

  • R o x
    1 Posts

    ... there is so much room to stack / hide beyond the screen borders ... for one, please bring back the sliding / auto hiding favorites center in Internet Explorer full screen mode when touching the (left) border with the pointer ... it safes so much time in clicks; same counts for auto hiding the taskbar not working in full screen mode ...

    great to see the virtual machine benefit too from the 4 Gb RAM !

  • xombie
    2 Posts

    Disable autoarrange

    Battery bug

    Explorer not refreshing

    Gif animations (seriously??)

    I hope we'll see fixes for at least a few of those issues in Win 7.

  • driq
    1 Posts

    Please bring back the "FIND IN LIBRARY"  option in windows media player 12. This was my favorite feature in wmp11 and now I miss it so bad.

  • iwod
    1 Posts

    Will SP1 finally have updated drivers included inside service pack?

    So updated, slipstream Windows 7 Disc will have all the latest updated drivers since Windows 7 released?

  • 7flavor
    352 Posts

    Hope we get the ability to disable auto sort/auto refresh in Windows Explorer with SP1 as this little annoyance itself is keeping hundreds from upgrading (and yes I mean it really hundreds see Microsoft's forums). Just like Microsoft listened in the Windows Virtual PC scenario about not requiring hardware virtualization, if if fixes the little annoyances and regressions from and, Windows 7 will be a much much better operating system than it is now.