Microsoft has made Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RC candidate available for public testing. The version, windows6.1-KB976932, has been officially released today and this may have been done because of the innumerable leaks on the web. With this RC release we can expect the final version of the service packs to hit the public release around 2011 Q1.
The Windows 7 Service Pack 1, which is also applicable to Windows Server 2008 R2, is usually the milestone after the implementation of which businesses would likely move their systems over to a new operating system from Microsoft. It delivers a number of powerful new features and provide several enhancements to Windows 7 including Remote FX, Dynamic memory and many incremental updates to the platform. Along with these new added features, It also includes previous updates delivered over Windows Update to the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 platforms.
Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Release Candidate will help you:
# Keep your PCs supported and up-to-date
# Get ongoing updates to the Windows 7 platform
# Easily deploy cumulative updates at a single time
# Meet your users’ demands for greater business mobility
# Provide a comprehensive set of virtualization innovations
# Provide an easier Service Pack deployment model for better IT efficiency
Download Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) RC:
In order to download and install the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Release Candidate you must currently have a Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 already installed. If you have installed Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta on your machine, you should uninstall that version before proceeding with this release
The Windows 7 SP1 RC is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions and is currently available in English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. You can download it directly from Microsoft servers. Download Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 RC (KB976932) by Visiting this Microsoft page.
Remember, this is not the final version of Windows 7 SP1 though the version is quite stable one, so proceed at your own risk.