Discuss: Windows 7 SP1

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February 25, 2011 at 06:05:46
Specs: Windows 7, test cpu
Hi all,

This week's poll question is about whether or not you have upgraded to Windows 7 SP1 yet. Discuss here if you've taken the plunge, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks!
Justin


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#1
February 25, 2011 at 08:57:49
NOPE, not me, I haven't upgraded to Windows 7 yet! I ran the Beta RC7 for a while on a laptop, it looked and felt like Vista; Windows 7 is basically Vista II. W7 is no different than any other Microsoft OS release: buggy, driver/application/hardware support issues etc (Vista was much worse however). Just look at all the Windows 7 issues on this website, even after a year from its release.

With new OSes (like with new car lines), I usually tell ppl to avoid if they can. New M$ OSes take a year for all those issues to iron themselves out, and yet people “flock” (baaaaa) to get the new shiny OS, on the new shiny PC…yippee. What a joke (yea, I’m pretty much of a curmudgeon). I told my Dad not to get Vista on a new Dell PC, he did anyway. He regretted it as he spent 8 hrs with 3-4 different Dell tech support techs on a Saturday trying to get the crap to work.

I remember a day or a few after XP came out there were loads of security updates for it on Windows Update already! What a joke. Yet, XP ironed itself out and became solid. Windows 2000 was decent (slow boot up & shut downs though) IMHO. NT had stability issues, no Plug 'n Play, kind of a P.I.T.A. Windows ME – crap!. W98 was better than 95, though, still was a 16 bit OS that you had to reboot 2-3 times a day. W95 – geez, remember those days (not to mention Windows 3.1 and prior versions)? And…we march on.

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#2
February 25, 2011 at 14:42:48
Here's a 'cut 'n paste' from Windows Secrets Newsletter:

"In short, this service pack adds surprisingly little to Windows 7. You'll want to install it — eventually.

And for those of you who followed the conventional wisdom and are waiting for the first service pack before installing Microsoft's newest OS, you waited without good cause. Win 7 SP1 sports a little nip here and a roll-up tuck there — but there's not a single significant enhancement to Win7.

And that's good news. It seems, for once, Microsoft turned out a major new product that was relatively problem-free, right from the start.

Service Pack 1's most significant improvements

Uh, there really aren't any. At least not for the average PC user. (SP1 does have a few nifty new features for Windows Server 2008 R2.) No need to take my word for it. Download Microsoft's official description, "Notable changes in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1," available on a Microsoft Download Center page, and see for yourself. "The impact of SP1 on the Windows 7 client operating system is considered to be minimal. Included changes address minor usability issues in specific scenarios," according to the unusually sedate Microsoft manifesto.

To save you a bit of time and effort, here's a summary:

* Higher-definition connections with Remote Desktop: If you use Remote Desktop (I prefer the third-party service LogMeIn), installing SP1 on both PCs sets up high-definition connection via a new technology Microsoft calls RemoteFX. Snappy name. Based on virtualization technology (info page) Microsoft acquired two years ago when it bought Calista Technologies, RemoteFX makes it possible for full graphics to show through on remote sessions. Someday, we're promised, you'll be able to use RemoteFX with your phone. I'm not holding my breath — I'm not even sure I'd want it.

* More Windows Live ID support: A technology Microsoft calls "Microsoft Federation Gateway" will give SP1-enhanced PCs improved Windows Live ID authentication to non-Microsoft sites, using a long-established Web services protocol known as the WS-Federation Passive Requestor Profile. I thought Win7 already had WS-Federation profiles (detailed in an MSDN article) nailed, but apparently some fix is necessary.

* An HDMI patch: I have no idea why MS emphasizes this as one of the noteworthy changes in Win7 SP1. It's a bug fix to keep HDMI working when a PC is rebooted.

* An XML Paper Specification fix: The 10 of you who actually use XPS instead of PDF will be pleased that SP1 fixes a print bug affecting mixed portrait and landscape documents.

* Even more-obscure fixes: These include restoring previous folders at sign-in, IKEv2 protocol improvements (used in VPN connections), and a hotfix rollup from November (KB 982018) for Advanced Format disks. Little stuff."


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#3
February 26, 2011 at 01:00:45
Windows Update put SP1 on our machines a few days ago. Surprisingly small file size, quick and painless installation.

But what a boring service pack! Unlike NT/2000/XP/Vista, Win7 was pure awesomeness right out of the box.

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2GB PC2700 | 500GB | Radeon x1950Pro | Apollo Pro 266T | Win 7 Pro


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#4
February 26, 2011 at 12:46:05
Not being a quote unquote power user or truly that tech savy yet, I figure I am a little above the average user in as much as I put in effort to learn about these machines but I am far from being any sort of guru, I installed SP1. Right off the bat only issues I have seen were first I lost my front usb ports. I uninstalled them in device manager and rebooted problem solved. The next day I had to reset all my vpn connections this was a minor pain and took a few hours but all was well after that. I too ran the RC for about 6 months before the retail release. All the bugs I ran into with it had to do with my settings basically. Yeah there were a few programs that didn't work but finding replacements wasn't that hard. Once the retail version came out I was ready for it.

Actually the only real issue I have had with win 7 I think may have been more of a 64 bit issue. I first went from xp media center to xp pro 64 and had some bsod problems not long after that I got the 7 rc 64 bit and had more or less the same issues. They were not that bad and it seemed I could work them out for a while. When I went to the retail version I thought those issues would be gone but they weren't. With some help here I discovered them to all be relaited to my ram voltage. Since changing that all has been good.

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#5
March 2, 2011 at 08:57:51
i upgraded to win 7 and at first it gave me a big head ache.I hated the start menu
i couldn't run my old programs and the whole system felt sluggish.But now with some tweaks and stuff im getting used to it.and it feels likeable

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#6
March 2, 2011 at 09:29:26
masterofnocrack,

"i upgraded to _______ and at first it gave me a big head ache.I hated the start menu
i couldn't run my old programs and the whole system felt sluggish.But now with some tweaks and stuff im getting used to it.and it feels likeable"

Just like, fill in the blank _____ ( Vista......lol).

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#7
March 10, 2011 at 12:12:11
Installed SP1 last week. I haven't noticed any change at all. Haven't really looked for anything new either.

masterofcrack

Perhaps you misunderstood the question here. It was strictly relating to the service pack, not an upgrade to 7 from something else.


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#8
March 12, 2011 at 23:01:41
Still waiting for a "debugging" before I install SP1. It appears promising, but I generally don't jump right in until a few weeks (months) until some info becomes available..

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#9
March 13, 2011 at 11:57:14
Good advice TRA...I installed SP3 for XP on the day SP2 expired (haha).

Just another stupid saying...


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#10
March 18, 2011 at 14:18:28
900 MB d/l file on a W7 {Windows 7, a.k.a...Vista II} 64 bit box. Ran OK, but didn't fix the Adobe Flash Player in IE8 issue (just doesn't work after a browser redirector was removed); t'was a last resort.

MOOOOooove! OH and you're welcome!


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