Posted by: kurtsh | February 19, 2011

RELEASE: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 RTM’ed

imageI don’t need to reiterate what everyone’s already written.  I’m so far behind on blog updates because of illness, it’s disgusting.

Here’s some things I know regarding the timeline:

  • February 9:  RTM
  • February 16: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 will be available to MSDN/TechNet subscribers and Volume Licensing customers.
  • February 22: It will be generally available through Windows Update and the Download Center.

Functional improvements:

  • Windows 7 SP1 includes minor updates, including some made previously available through Windows Update, as well as client-side support for two new virtualization features enabled in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1will include:
    • RemoteFX: A platform feature with the ability to virtualize the Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) on the server side and deliver next-generation rich media and 3D user experiences for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).
    • Dynamic Memory: A free, built-in feature of Hyper-V that allows customers to increase their virtual machine density, using the resources they already have, without sacrificing performance or scalability.

Key notables about SP1:

  • NO UPGRADES. There’s no upgrade from the beta or RC of Service Pack 1.  You need to uninstall the SP prerelease before installing the final bits.
  • NO IE9. Internet Explorer 9.0 is not in the Service Pack.  Internet Explorer will be released later in the year, separate from Service Pack 1.
  • COMBINED SERVICE PACK:  The service pack is a combined installer for both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

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