How to Download Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

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Windows 7 SP1 Available for Download Now.

Great news for all Windows 7 users! The anticipated Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is now available for download! Just this morning, I received a Windows Notification on my taskbar saying “New Updates are Available”.  When I checked it out, there I saw “Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (KB976932) which has a download size of 44.0 – 533.1 Megabytes (MB). See the image below.

So what’s new with this 1st Service Pack for Windows 7? Well, nothing exciting really. It’s just a bunch up security updates and fixes for Windows 7 though it’s really recommended to update.

According to the Microsoft official download site, Windows 7 SP1 will help users:
·  Keep your PCs supported and up-to-date
·  Get ongoing updates to the Windows 7 platform
·  Easily deploy cumulative updates at a single time
·  Meet your users’ demands for greater business mobility
·  Provide a comprehensive set of virtualization innovations
·  Provide an easier Service Pack deployment model for better IT efficiency
How to Download Windows 7 SP1
You can download Windows 7 SP1 in 2 ways.
1.)    Download the massive 2GB ‘one size fits all’ update from Microsoft (handy of you are updating multiple PCs)
2.)    Allow it to come in via Windows Update (this way you get a much smaller package tailored to the specific needs of your PC). To be able to do this, you must enable Windows Update first.
Reminders before you install Windows 7 SP1
* Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is not a Windows Operating System (like Window XP, Vista, 7). It’s a bunch of updates rolled out into 1 package for Windows 7. I’m telling this one because others are confused especially those non-techy ones.
* If your system has one of the following hotfixes installed – 2406705, 979350 or 983534 – then you are going to have problems installing SP1. Workaround for this issue is listed here.
* If you have a beta or RC of SP1 already installed, you’ll need to uninstall this to install the final release.

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