Microsoft announced today at the annual TechEd conference being held in New Orleans from June 7-10 and on the Windows Team Blog that the Company is preparing to release a BETA of the maintenance update for Windows 7 called Service Pack 1. SP1 will be a minor update containing roll ups of all updates that have been released for the OS since October 2009. Windows Update has been a more direct way for many years to have the most current version of Windows installed on your PC.
Today, at TechEd, we are pleased to announce that by the end of July we will be releasing the public beta of Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. During our Desktop Virtualization Hour webcast in March, we introduced you to Service Pack 1. We demonstrated the two main new features in Windows Server 2008 R2 that will provide virtualization capabilities to help enhance the Windows VDI experience:
- Microsoft RemoteFX is designed to introduce a new set of end user experience enhancements to remote desktop computing in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 that enable a rich, local-like desktop environment over the network. With RemoteFX, connected knowledge and task workers can experience their workspace in full fidelity, improving end user productivity, while their applications and data are kept highly secure and centrally managed in the data center.
- Dynamic Memory will enable Windows Server Hyper-V to dynamically allocate more or less memory to each VM as needed, provided a more scalable and better performing VDI environment. These changes will be important for customers who are planning VDI deployments (generally about 10 percent of our user population).
While the new features for Windows Server 2008 R2 benefit Windows 7 by providing a richer VDI experience, SP1 will not contain any new features that are specific to Windows 7 itself. For Windows 7, SP1 will simply be the combination of updates already available through Windows Update and additional hotfixes based on feedback by our customers and partners. In other words, customers can feel confident about deploying Windows 7 now!
Learn more here
Hey folks, if you want to test Windows 7 SP1 public BETA, I would suggest you grab an external hard disk, create a system image of your Windows 7 RTM installation. Install the SP1 beta and test it through out its duration. When SP1 goes RTW, create a Windows 7 SP1 beta Windows Easy Transfer backup of your personal files and settings (back it up to the external hard disk I told you to get), then restore back the Windows 7 RTM System Image I told you to create earlier. Then install Service Pack 1, then launch Windows Easy Transfer and restore your Windows Easy Transfer backup of your personal files and settings.
I am recommending this because I don’t want hear any complaints about Microsoft releasing software that destroyed your systems. Ok?? It is beta which means, its not final. 😉
Creating a Backup of your Windows 7 Install
Windows Easy Transfer: Starting the Move to Windows 7 Release Candidate References Windows 7 Release Candidate, but the same principles can also be applied to Windows 7 RTM and SP1.