Windows 7 (64): wait for Service Pack 1, or update now?

Discussion in 'Windows 64bit' started by Robert Carnegie: Fnord: cc [email protected], Jan 28, 2011.

  1. Hi, looking for well informed advice... I still have a new Windows 7
    x64 computer - that isn't connected to the Internet yet.

    My question: in the long term, is there a foreseeable technical
    advantage from waiting for the real release of Windows 7 Service Pack
    1, instead of going online now and getting all the Windows Updates one
    by one?
    Robert Carnegie: Fnord: cc [email protected], Jan 28, 2011
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    Carlos Guest

    All pre-SP1 updates correct several issues with the original release
    and patch security holes potential problems.
    You may use the approach "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" or, if you
    have high speed Internet, download all the updates. It only takes a
    Carlos, Jan 28, 2011
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  3. If you want to use your computer on the internet, connect and use it,
    grabbing the updates soonest.If you don't need to connect to the internet to
    use the computer, then don't bother. There are, as always, lots of small
    fixes in SP1, but there's no real change in functionality.

    Honestly, there's no reason to wait.


    "Robert Carnegie: Fnord: cc "
    Charlie Russel-MVP, Jan 28, 2011
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    Lynn McGuire Guest

    I've been running Windows 7 x64 for over a year now with very
    few problems. I had to upgrade my motherboard from a Intel
    D975BX2 to a Gigabyte EP45-UD3P to get proper support for my
    Intel 3 Ghz quad core cpu (the Intel MB only went to 2.66 Ghz
    cpus but was working with x86). Other than that, I am extremely
    happy with x64.

    Of course, there is always the caveat that DOS16 and Win16 apps
    do not work with x64. For that you can use .

    Lynn McGuire, Jan 28, 2011
  5. Thanks all for comments. I've also done some more reading elsewhere.

    I was thinking mainly about the disadvantage of littering the hard
    disk with partial updates to Windows even after installing a large
    service pack update. Some people even claim that Windows loads each
    updated file separately on top of the original version of Windows each
    time you boot, but that doesn't seem to be what happens.

    Instead, it seems, older versions of updated files /may/ accumulate
    under the winsxs directory alongside the latest updates, /but/ a
    Windows service pack in particular /usually/ includes the /option/ to
    delete older versions of files. (A beta version might not.)

    There also are various tools by Microsoft and third parties
    specifically to throw out files of that sort that are no longer needed
    i various Windows versions, although the tools mostly seem to be
    arcane, unreliable, or withdrawn, partly because of being arcane and
    Robert Carnegie: Fnord: cc [email protected], Jan 30, 2011
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    Jeff Gaines Guest

    Updates either replace or patch existing files, otherwise older programs
    couldn't take advantage of them.
    cCleaner ( will delete the
    hotfix uninstallers.
    Jeff Gaines, Jan 30, 2011
  7. Addendum, "Microsoft today [9th Feb. 2011] announced that Windows 7
    SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 were released to OEM partners
    today, and the updates will be available to consumers on February 22."
    Robert Carnegie, Feb 12, 2011
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