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Windows 7: Slipstreaming Updates since SP1, and Where is SP2?

04 Jan 2014   #1
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Slipstreaming Updates since SP1, and Where is SP2?

Do you think slipstreaming all of the Updates into Windows 7 installer per TEST -Update 7 installation media - Windows 7 Help Forums makes for a cleaner install than running the 147+ Updates after install?

In the past after a hundred Updates and then all the extra Office Updates pushed through it seemed it could tip an install, but isn't as bad now so maybe it was older hardware? Opinion?

Since not having a SP2 has gotten beyond the point of ridiculous, is it time to start pointing out to MS that after the attempt to pressure business holding out with XP onto Win8 failed, holding back SP2 to try to smother Windows 7 in its crib is like store manager keeping Original Coke off the shelves to force New Coke on consumers? (Oh wait, they are hiding retail Windows 7 copies! )

Or is there another reason?

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04 Jan 2014   #2

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)

MS's policy at least since XP has always been that no Service Packs are released after the next-generation product is launched. With the current ethos, I see no possibility of that changing, and so SP1 was the last-ever Windows Service Pack of any kind.
There may be some kind of update rollup - but no more true service packs.
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04 Jan 2014   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

My preference is, whenever possible, the installer should contain the most up-to-date version possible, including SP1, "SP2", or all the updates released in-between. That makes easier and way faster to get a clean install, and is more stable too. I would get such a disk if it exists.
Obviously, Office updates have NO place in a Windows installer. It's a completely different program and they belong to the Office installer.
Even though I had the original disk, since my last reformat, I downloaded the disk containing SP1 just for that reason. It's far easier and safer than installing them afterwards. But really, given that Windows 7 is getting older, it's really time for a SP2, if only MS cared about its users .
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04 Jan 2014   #4

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]

Indeed, this is ridiculous situation not having a second service pack for windows 7.

The only problem to me slipstream a DVD for future install is that you'll have too choose carefully which updates will be on that DVD because the files inside those updates are updated and superseded along the Hotfixes being putting at customers forthcoming.

Before i was on OEM laptops with Windows 7 provided with no SP1. I bought the retail box DVD that have included the Windows 7 SP1, a year/half ago, good on me.

Looks retailers are keeping some retail boxes around just in case MS change his mind over that policy not providing a SP2. But i still haven't bought a new soda and MS should care about that.

Providing me a SP2 for Windows 7 willing me to buy the next OS quicker, as i could be more confident to MS.
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