Should I install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) beta?

July 30th, 2010

A lot of you are asking me if you should download and install the new Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) beta that Microsoft has made available.

My take on it is this - unless you need it for comparability testing, don't bother.

Basically, SP1 for Windows 7 is a roll-up of all the updates and patches already released. If you've been keeping up with your Windows Updates, then you've already got everything you need.

It's worth pointing out that SP1 doesn't add anything new to the OS at all, so you've not missing anything out. In fact, you're saving yourself a 50 - 450MB download!

My advice, wait until the first quarter of 2011 for the final release and install it then.

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