Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 7 was released over two years ago. Yet, there are many home computers that do not yet have it installed.
Windows 7 SP1 is a collection of security patches and non-security fixes, it also includes client-side support for RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory. More importantly, Windows 7 computers without SP1 installed reach "end of support" on April 9, 2013.
Due to the importance of Windows 7 SP1, it is being added to Automatic Updates starting March 19, 2013.
How to Determine if You Need SP1Many Security Garden readers are comfortable moving around their computer, but others are not as experienced. For those readers who have no idea whether SP1 has been installed on their computer, here is how to find out.
- Click Start and in the search box type winver
- Double-click winver.exe in the Programs list in the search results.
- About Windows will open. Look for Service Pack 1 as highlighted in this image:
If you see Service Pack 1, you are all set. On the other hand, if SP1 is not installed, it is very important to get it installed.
Installing Windows 7 SP1In addition to the information provided in the Microsoft help document Learn how to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), linked below, note the following additional suggestions:
- Make sure your computer is malware free. Run an updated scan with your antivirus and anti-malware software program.
- Back up important files to an external location (USB, CD, DVD, etc.)
- Some security programs may interfere with the installation so it is suggested that you temporarily disable them. Do not disable your Firewall. If you are unsure how to disable your security software, see the instructions in How to disable your security applications at the Tech Support Forum.
- If you are using a laptop, be sure to be plugged in to an electrical outlet rather than a wireless connection.
Problems Installing SP1 or other Windows UpdatesIn the event you have a problem installing the Service Pack, download and run the System Update Readiness Tool (SURT). Have patience because the tool may take as long as an hour to run.
Windows 7 32-bit (x86)
Windows 7 64-bit (x64)
Note: To determine whether you have a 32-bit or 64-bit operating system do the following:
- Click Start and type system in the search box.
- Click system in the Programs list.
- The operating system will be displayed as either a 32-bit Operating System or a 64-bit Operating System.
- Learn how to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
- Windows 7 SP1 to start rolling out on Windows Update
- Windows 7 Support LifecCycle