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Windows 7: Is installing service pack 1 really that important?


21 Mar 2011   #1

7 Ultimate 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 
Is installing service pack 1 really that important?

I currently have all my updates current except for service pack 1 and I feel my systes is pretty doggone smooth these days.

Questions:

1.) Will upgrading to service pack 1 potentially make my system any slower because of extra stuff added I don't really need?

2.) Is it important to install service pack one and why?

thanks a bunch

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21 Mar 2011   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

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21 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

SP1 doesn't really add anything to your system but replaces a lot of files with updated versions. SP1 contains over 600 fixes to Windows 7. Most of these were not offered though windows update. So I think it is a good idea to instlall SP1.

Jim
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22 Mar 2011   #4
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It becomes a part of the OS so eventually it must be installed or it will be forced, possibly as long as until SP2 arrives.

If you worry about losing performance, save a Windows 7 backup image before updating to SP1 to check performance afterward. I have seen no difference except on one install where it seemed to get peppier.
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22 Mar 2011   #5

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Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

I recently installed SP1 on two machines. I didn't notice any decrease in speed. You might want to take a look at these two guides for some other ideas on how to improve performance:

Optimize Windows 7

How To Improve Computer Performance
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23 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It sounds like you aren't sure of what a service pack is, especially in this case. It doesn't add new features or slow down your computer. It applies security fixes and patches that most would deem necessary, me included.
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24 Mar 2011   #7

 
 

Please don't install sp1 first as I face a few minnor issues.

Please read my post:
Windows 7 sp1 RTM: Minnor Issues; Guess No One Acknowledge These
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25 Mar 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LagoonLegion View Post
Please don't install sp1 first as I face a few minnor issues.
You're minor issues are not typical, and are likely unrelated to SP1. SP1 is perfectly safe.
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25 Mar 2011   #9

7 Ultimate 64 bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Installed service pack 1 and I can see no issue thus far
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25 Mar 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoloDman View Post
I currently have all my updates current except for service pack 1 and I feel my systes is pretty doggone smooth these days.

Questions:

1.) Will upgrading to service pack 1 potentially make my system any slower because of extra stuff added I don't really need?

2.) Is it important to install service pack one and why?

thanks a bunch
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RoloDman View Post
Installed service pack 1 and I can see no issue thus far
Glad to hear it is running ok Rolodman. I suspect we are all wary of service packs since the XP SP3 debacle and problems it had. For me, I install all important and critical MS updates, but wait a couple of weeks on new Service Packs to see others' experiences with them.
EDIT: My Pc has had no ill effects with SP1 and seems to run faster, it reboots in 66-79 seconds.
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