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Windows 7: Windows 7 SP1 RC FAQ

04 Nov 2010   #31

Windows 7 64bit Ultimate


If you want try to install SP1 on Win 7, Best result is reinstall clean OS then second install SP1 should be no problem that what I did and feel snappier and stable so far for about 2 weeks.


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04 Nov 2010   #32
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

That's precisely what saw the RC go onto a fast clean install of the 32bit 7 when seeing that since the IE 9 beta for Vista wouldn't go on the previous dual boot for some reason. But a clean install of the 64bit host will be eventual only when the softwares need to be renewed.

The Wave 1 turned out to be the RC seen through the regular updates not downloaded separately and still reached the 99% mark despite trying find the one item preventing the install from finishing. But I don't want to exceed the number of times you can activate other softwares and have been still trying to get it on the present install. Disable this, debug that, find reg entries for programs already removed still present, etc.
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06 Nov 2010   #33

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kword88 View Post
just received this link from microsoft tech support regarding kb976902.

Description of the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 installation software feature update
I just noticed your post, Keith, thanks! :)

With kb976902 specifically mentioned, I guess that clears it up a little. Odd, being an "uninstallable" update, there is not more information regarding it.

I did find a bit more information here:

Demystifying KB976902, a.k.a. Microsoft’s “Blackhole” Update

I have verified with Microsoft that this update is designed to smooth the way for the deployment of future updates on Windows 7 systems (read on to the very end if you’d like the official response from Microsoft). The confusion appears to stem from a timing mistake by the folks at Microsoft, but this incident illustrates the hysteria that can ensue when the world’s largest software company fails — for whatever reason — to be fully transparent with a user base that has come to expect detailed advisories with every patch.
On Tuesday Microsoft released KB 976902 to customers of Windows 7 through Windows Update. This update was pre-maturely released in English and the KB article had not been published yet. We are in the process of releasing the KB Article so users have more information about the update. This update is a Servicing Stack Update, which can’t be uninstalled. The update will be released at a later date, and it will be required to ensure compatibility with some future updates.

If you have already installed the update, there is no action required – there is no impact from the update being on your system. We apologize for any confusion this update may have caused.

Also, for extra context – Microsoft did a similar update when we were about to release the SP1 beta (what’s known as a “service stack” update – it helps the OS recognize and work better with the service pack code). As things like a service pack in development hit new milestones (i.e. we just hit RC, before that it was beta), the service stack update gets updated. That’s why folks don’t need to worry about removing it
Well, I guess, that's that! Thank you, Keith. I am grateful for your queries into kb976902 while you had the opportunity and thankful to you for relaying the information to us that was passed on to you. Very much appreciated.
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06 Nov 2010   #34
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

You have to love the reader comments there. "True Paranoia"! When looking over the 70+ updates just seen added on along with the KB976902 they appear normal except for when going to look at two previous updates that lack the MS corporate name.

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06 Nov 2010   #35

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1 (Build 6.1.7601)

Have you been on Google then to find out what they are?
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06 Nov 2010   #36
Night Hawk

W7 Ultimate x64/W10 Pro x64 dual boot main build-remote pc W10 Pro x64 Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64

The first was identified as An update is available for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Note the dates pointing at June before the first SP1 beta release. The previous one from May isn't one of your typical security updates but for Windows activation. Description of the update for Windows Activation Technologies

Thanks to Bing no less! While the RC still fails to go onto the existing 64bit install the remaining rollup of updates went on as you can see from the 11/4 date. At least that much was accomplished.
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