Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Surfaces On Torrents

The blog Geeksmack earlier this week posted screen shots of a Windows SP1 beta compiled March 27, noting that the installation process is "much faster" than the process for Windows Vista, requiring just two reboots.

Asked whether the screen shots are genuine, a Microsoft spokesperson told the company doesn't comment on rumors or speculation and has "nothing new to announce at this time."

Not much is known about Windows 7 SP1 and it's not receiving nearly as much attention as Vista SP1. That's because the initial Vista release was riddled with now well-known performance and device driver compatibility issues that infuriated users and had them praying for the kind of soothing relief that only a Microsoft service pack can offer.

In a blog post last month, Brandon LeBlanc, communications manager on the Windows Client Team, said Windows 7 SP1 includes minor updates, among them an updated Remote Desktop client that takes advantage of RemoteFX, which Microsoft introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2.

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Of course, given the smooth sailing that customers have had with Windows 7 since Microsoft launched in October, there's really not much reason for people to be pining for SP1, or waiting for it to come out before buying new PCs or upgrading.

"Windows 7 is ready for commercial deployments now and many industry experts have recommended that customers do not wait for SP1," LeBlanc said in the blog post.