Windows 7 Service Pack 1 For Providers
Important note: this document is designed for Local Support Providers (LSPs). This page was last modified on Tuesday, 31-Jan-2012 14:21:29 EST.
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) become available through Microsoft Update on February 22nd. SP1 is the first significant update to Microsoft's newest operating system.
Information Systems & Computing (ISC) initially will support Windows 7 Service Pack 1 for its clients, including off-campus students, only on new systems that ship with Windows 7 Service Pack 1 pre-installed. ISC strongly recommends that all other University users adopt a "wait and see" approach, continuing to use previous versions of Windows (including Windows 7 RTM, Windows Vista SP2, and Windows XP SP3) until the initial bugs in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 are identified and fixed.
When ISC recommends this upgrade, it will be for systems that have at least 1.0 GB of RAM (2.0 GB or more of RAM will yield a substantially better experience).
Provider note: a Service Pack 1 installation on a fully patched Lenovo ThinkPad T410s with Windows 7 Ultimate took 3.0 GB of temporary disk space, one reboot, and approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes to complete. This installation actually returned approximately 2.5 GB of disk space when it was complete.
Current Windows 7 Incompatibilities
General Windows 7 Incompatibilities
The Provider Notes Wiki article on University-Centric Windows 7 Compatibility is an alphabetical list of Windows applications used at the University and their compatibility status with Windows 7. If you are considering Windows 7 for new systems, confirm that other applications in local use are compatible with Windows 7.
Incompatibilities Specific to Windows 7 Service Pack 1
Microsoft's Remote Server Administration Tools will not install (but do function) under Windows 7 Service Pack 1.
How to Get It
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is available at the University in three different ways:
What's New in Windows 7 Service Pack 1
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 does not add many new features to Windows 7. Like Windows Vista Service Pack 1, it is mostly a compatibility, reliability, and performance upgrade.
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 does have a few new features:
For further information
Microsoft's Notable Changes in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 page.
ISC's Windows 7 For Providers page.
-- John Mulhern III, Lead for Client Technologies, ISC Technology Support Services (February 22, 2011)
Thanks to Carl Kishel, Andrew Romond, Don Thatcher, and Vern Yoneyama.
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