Microsoft preps Windows 7 for SP1 testing
Blogger Rafael Rivera finds SP1-related keys in Windows 7's registry
By Gregg Keizer
January 4, 2010 01:43 PM ET
Computerworld - Microsoft has already prepared Windows 7 with code to let users download the new operating system's first service pack, a prominent blogger reported last weekend.
Rafael Rivera, who writes the Within Windows
blog, sniffed out several keys in Windows 7
's registry that add an eligibility check for Service Pack 1 (SP1).
A first service pack -- which includes already-issued security patches as well as new bug fixes, and in some cases, new features -- is important because many corporations won't widely deploy a new edition of Windows until that milestone has been reached. Service packs are also relatively rare: Windows XP, which debuted in October 2001, has had only three.
Rivera took the appearance of the eligibility check to mean that SP1 testing is imminent. "The takeaway here is that external
[emphasis in original] Windows 7 SP1 testing should commence soon, if it hasn't already," said Rivera.