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Windows 7 SP-1 download available for professionals

KitGuru loves Windows 7. There. We've said it. We have big love for the Snow Leopard, but there's still plenty of room in our hearts for Bill Gate's latest incarnation. So how much better can it get? KitGuru receives flash-traffic from Microsoft's Technet, authenticates, inserts twin brass keys and prepares to launch missiles.

OK. You've got us. Too much Crimson Tide on Sky HD, but the reality is that the ‘almost ready for the public' version of Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 is now available for professionals to play with and we're downloading it as we type. Exciting times.

.Authenticating TechNet flash message in 2 parts, break break - as Hackman would say

Developing in harmony, alongside the continuously improving operating system, is the continuously improving delivery system for new versions.

Following the shambles that was Vista, delivery psychology at Microsoft has undergone a complete overhaul and is now a genuine pleasure to use.

Think back. Everyone of us got so used to having the Windows 7 beta, that when it began to expire – an army of enthusiasts made the purchase and finally switched away from the archaic (but functional) Windows XP code base. It's a tried and tested method for delivering new product that's been used by narcotic gangs across the globe for centuries and, guess what, it works!

Once you're logged in, Microsoft gives you a choice of 32-bit or 64-bit updates that will download as part of the standard Windows 7 updates – or you can click option ‘3'.

Being greedy fat sods, KitGuru has gone with the high-cholesterol, 1.22GB full ISO download.

With high speed broadband being what it is, Microsoft updates normally tank in around 800KB/sec.

Today's ISO is struggling to get above 230KB/sec.

Popular stuff.

Microsoft's data centre is being brought to its knees by the sheer volume of professionals demanding ISO

This link to the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Beta for Professionals will either work for you or it won't. In which case you will need to be creative !

KitGuru says: Over the next few days, we'll download it, install it, have a play and report back on whether you actually notice any differences at all.

If anyone wants to post any issues that they've experienced and were hoping that SP-1 would fix, drop them below or in the forum and we will do our best to check if you've been healed or ignored.

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  1. You really should be clear that this is still a BETA and that its not due for full release until 2011. Also, this is really just the same story as the one linked in “similar posts”.

  2. Hi Are You Mental.
    Now there’s a question for breakfast 🙂
    The picture we’ve shown from TechNet says Beta
    Also, the link to the download has been flagged as “This link to the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Beta for Professionals”
    Sorry if it was not clear enough
    More interesting would be to hear the things you think should be fixed
    We’ve heard from a few people that some external HDD caddies were ‘tempremental’ with the standard Windows 7 installation
    Also, we’ve heard from one reader who’s told us that Iolo’s System Mechanic refused to install properly (well, it installed, but refused to start as a service – even manually)
    What have you been waiting for?

  3. I’ve heard of the external drive issue.
    Another one is problems with some hardware not wanting to go to sleep.
    I have a friend who works in the IT department for a pretty big company. They are considering Windows 7 deployment at the start of next year. However, on one of their test systems, it refuses to stay in hibernate mode. You put it to sleep and it wakes up straight away. The board is from Asus and has the latest BIOS versions etc. If Microsoft can address issues like that, it will make Windows 7 for business look a lot better.

  4. OK, you’ve got me. I can’t see any difference. Thanks for the link, but nothing seems to have changed.

  5. Its a pretty boring release to be perfectly honest. Microsoft have changed very little and its not even that interesting to most consumers. Its an SP1 to get businesses to jump onboard basically.

  6. The big difference will be for the support teams at the big system builders. They can create a new image in a one-size-fits-all way and (probably) get fewer support calls. Not clear from what we’ve seen just how much of the 1.2GB ISO would already have been installed if you just ran Windows 7 normally since launch with all the available updates installed.