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Windows 7: Do you see any improvment with SP1 ?

06 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Do you see any improvment with SP1 ?

Do you see any improvment with SP1 ? Is that worth to install it as home user ?

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06 Apr 2011   #2

64-bit Windows 10 Pro

Hello Stereo,

It would be recommended to install SP1 to keep you Windows 7 up to date though.

From: Notable Changes in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1.doc

See also: Windows 7 Service Pack 1 FAQs and helpful links

Changes specific to Windows 7

Additional support for communication with third-party federation services
Additional support has been added to allow Windows 7 clients to effectively communicate with third-party identity federation services (those supporting the WS-Federation passive profile protocol). This change enhances platform interoperability, and improves the ability to communicate identity and authentication information between organizations.

Improved HDMI audio device performance
A small percentage of users have reported issues in which the connection between computers running Windows 7 and HDMI audio devices can be lost after system reboots. Updates have been incorporated into SP1 to ensure that connections between Windows 7 computers and HDMI audio devices are consistently maintained.

Corrected behavior when printing mixed-orientation XPS documents
Prior to the release of SP1, some customers have reported difficulty when printing mixed-orientation XPS documents (documents containing pages in both portrait and landscape orientation) using the XPS Viewer, resulting in all pages being printed entirely in either portrait or landscape mode. This issue has been addressed in SP1, allowing users to correctly print mixed-orientation documents using the XPS Viewer.

Changes common to both client and server platforms

Change to behavior of “Restore previous folders at logon” functionality
SP1 changes the behavior of the “Restore previous folders at logon” function available in the Folder Options Explorer dialog. Prior to SP1, previous folders would be restored in a cascaded position based on the location of the most recently active folder. That behavior changes in SP1 so that all folders are restored to their previous positions.

Enhanced support for additional identities in RRAS and IPsec
Support for additional identification types has been added to the Identification field in the IKEv2 authentication protocol. This allows for a variety of additional forms of identification (such as E-mail ID or Certificate Subject) to be used when performing authentication using the IKEv2 protocol.

Support for Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
There has always been a growing need for ever more computing power and as usage models change, processors instruction set architectures evolve to support these growing demands. Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) is a 256 bit instruction set extension for processors. AVX is designed to allow for improved performance for applications that are floating point intensive. Support for AVX is a part of SP1 to allow applications to fully utilize the new instruction set and register extensions.

Improved Support for Advanced Format (512e) Storage Devices
SP1 introduces a number of key enhancements to improve support of recently introduced storage devices with a 4KB physical sector size (commonly referred to as "Advanced Format"). These enhancements include functionality fixes, improved performance, and updated storage drivers which provide applications the ability to retrieve information as to the physical sector size of storage device. More information on these enhancements is detailed in Microsoft KB 982018.


Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 represents Microsoft’s continuing commitment to quality. While many of the updates contained in SP1 are available as individual downloads, the integration of these updates in SP1 enhances the ease of deployment for IT administrators. This functionality, coupled with advanced new virtualization features such as Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX, demonstrates how SP1 provides the ongoing improvements customers and organizations alike have grown to expect from Microsoft.
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06 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

It's always worth it to be on the latest service pack to ensure you have the latest in security patches and such.

As far as visual improvements, or speed improvements: I have noticed nothing.
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06 Apr 2011   #4
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit

Same here ... But as parks1 said it's always best to apply latest updates and service packs to make sure your secure. And one great improvement I think is the RemoteFX feature which need Windows 7 SP1 to work.
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06 Apr 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
Adobe Flash stopped working after SP1

The only change I noticed is that Adobe Flash player stopped working with Youtube after SP1. I guess Adobe has not found out the problem since I've reported it a couple of weeks ago.
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06 Apr 2011   #6

windows 7 ultimate

Slowed me down enough to make it unbearable.

Just glad I made an image of my fully up to date 7600.

I'll wait.
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