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Posted at 9:04 AM ET, 02/22/2011

Microsoft: Windows 7 SP1 set available via download

By Hayley Tsukayama

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The first Windows 7 service pack is supposed to be available now, Microsoft says. It has been available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers since Feb. 18. Microsoft announced via its blog that the service pack would be available through automatic download and through its download center on Feb. 22. (Though as of 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, the service pack was not on the site.)

In addition to smaller fixes, the update has two major new features: RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory. Both are used for desktop virtualization, which a majority of Windows 7 users probably will not need.

Remote FX improves video-streaming and interaction with 3D programs on remote desktops. Dynamic Memory allows a computer to more freely allocate memory between several virtual machines.


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By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 22, 2011; 9:04 AM ET
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Comments

One of the reasons I gave up on windows and switched to Mac and Linux was repeated incidents where windows refused to update my system because it didn't consider me a legitimate user. Which was complete crap. Have they fixed this and finally adopted a Linux/Mac approach of assuming innocence instead of guilt as the opening posture during system updates?

Posted by: xSamplex | February 22, 2011 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I've never had problems being considered by Microsoft as a legitimate user. I run Windows on 4 different home computers and I frequently change pieces of hardware on my systems. I downloaded & installed Win 7 SP 1 last night, no problems. What I had to download was 73 megabytes in size. I do use Remote Desktop Connection frequently between my machines & anticipate the Service Pack will help. The 'download center' mentioned in the article is up & running, I just checked it.

Posted by: artfd | February 23, 2011 5:49 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: bassman23 | February 23, 2011 1:00 PM | Report abuse

There is a nasty issue that affects some users when they try to install the service pack. They will get the following error:
Error C000009A applying update operation [number] of [number]

If they do their will not be able to complete the boot sequence. Here is the solution:

The solution is:
• boot from an install disk
• Choose language
• Start command prompt (Shift-F10)
• run DISM command (dism /image:c:\ /cleanup-image /revertpendingactions) – if this does not work it is because the Windows drive is not listed as C: in repair mode. If that is the case use the DIR command to find the drive letter that it is on. In my case it was F: Start with D: and keep going until you find it. Some have found it at I: etc. When it is done your system can be restarted and you will have service pack 1 installed.

Posted by: jswilson | February 24, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I got it here in Ireland on Feb 21st,70 odd megs, half way thru installing, the screen went blue, muttering something about creating a minidump and my machine restarted, I let it restart "normally" and it carried on from where it carried on installing from where it left off and completed the update! It seems to be working ok! A blue screen (crash?) seems a weird way to do an update! Anyone else have this experience ?

Posted by: johnvincent | February 24, 2011 10:09 PM | Report abuse

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