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Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

Windows Server 2008 RC2 Service Pack 1

Microsoft has made Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (and Windows 7 SP1) available on MSDN and TechNet earlier today. They are using the Akamai Download Manager for these, and I was able to download them very quickly with no problems.

They also have slipstream installs that incorporate SP1 into the full product that are available, which is a nice time saver.

There is a single .iso file that includes the x86 and x64 versions of SP1 for Windows 7, and the x64 version of SP1 for Windows Server 2008 R2.

I burned the .iso file to a DVD, and then installed it on a fairly fast workstation. The Service Pack installation took 17 minutes to complete on this hardware. I really have to say that fast SSDs rock!

The most interesting new feature in this Service Pack (for Windows Server 2008 R2) is Dynamic Memory, which gives you greater control and flexibility about how Hyper-V allocates and manages memory among your guest VMs. This should let you run more VMs on a Hyper-V Host machine. You can see the differences in Figures 5 and 6, below.

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Figure 1: Initial setup screen

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Figure 2: Setup screen during installation

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Figure 3: Final screen after reboot

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Figure 4: Computer properties after SP1 installation

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Figure 5: Old screen for Memory settings for Hyper-V VM

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Figure 6: New screen for Memory settings for Hyper-V VM

 

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Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3)

28 February 2011 3 comments

Windows XP Service Pack 3

Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) is a free update for Windows XP. SP3 includes all previously released Windows XP updates, including security updates, hotfixes, and select out-of-band releases.

Get ready for Windows XP SP3

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Get Windows XP SP 3 now

The easiest way to update your Windows XP–based PC with SP3 is by using the Windows Update. Just set Windows Update to automatically download important updates and Windows Update will download SP3 when it’s available for your PC.

If you don’t update your PC automatically, download Windows XP SP3 from Windows Update manually.

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For IT professionals and developers, get an installation package to download and install on multiple computers on a network. If you’re updating just one computer, please visit Windows Update or order a CD.

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Free help updating with Windows SP3
Free unlimited installation and compatibility support is available for Windows XP, but only for Windows XP SP3, until April 14, 2009. Chat and e-mail support is available only in the United States and Canada.

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Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

28 February 2011 1 comment

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is an important update that includes previously released security, performance, and stability updates for Windows 7.

Installing SP1 helps keepWindows 7 up to date. For more information, see What’s included in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1).

How to get SP1

The recommended (and easiest) way to get SP1 is to turn on automatic updating inWindows Update in Control Panel, and wait for Windows 7 to notify you that SP1 is ready to install. It takes about 30 minutes to install, and you’ll need to restart your computer about halfway through the installation.

To learn if Windows 7 SP1 is already installed

  • Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, right-click Computer, and then click Properties.If Service Pack 1 is listed under Windows edition, SP1 is already installed on your computer.

Disk space requirements

Make sure you have enough free disk space to install SP1 (even though much of that space will be reclaimed after the installation). If you need to create free disk space, go to Strategies for freeing disk space on the Windows website.

Installation method Estimated amount of free disk space required
Windows Update
  • x86-based (32-bit): 750 MB
  • x64-based (64-bit): 1050 MB
Downloading SP1 from the Microsoftwebsite
  • x86-based (32-bit): 4100 MB
  • x64-based (64-bit): 7400 MB
Installing SP1 using an installation DVD
  • x86-based (32-bit): 4100 MB
  • x64-based (64-bit): 7400 MB

Download Windows 7 SP1

If you have problems getting the service pack from Windows Update, you can download the SP1 installation package from the Microsoft Download Center, and then install SP1 manually.

  1. Go to the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 download webpage on the Microsoftwebsite, and then click Continue.
  2. Choose either the 32-bit (x86) or the 64-bit (x64) version of SP1 depending on whether you’re running the 32-bit or the 64-bit version of Windows 7, and then click Download.
    • To find out which version you’re running, click the Start button Picture of the Start button, right-click Computer, and then click Properties. Under System, next to System type, you can view the operating system.
  3. To install SP1 immediately, click Open or Run, and then follow the instructions on your screen. To install SP1 later, click Save and download the installation file to your computer. When you’re ready to install SP1, double-click the file.
  4. On the Install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 page, click Next.
  5. Follow the instructions on your screen. Your computer might restart during the installation.
  6. After installation is complete, log on to your computer at the Windows logon prompt. You might see a notification indicating whether the update was successful.
  7. If you disabled your antivirus software, enable it again.
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