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Windows 7 sp1

Windows 7 sp1

Windows 7 service pack 1 is an update to windows 7 which addressed customer feedback issues. It is a collection of a number of updates and fixes which have been collected into one all encompassing update. It should make you computer more reliable (less crashes and issues) and safer.

Like all Windows versions in the past, and in fairness almost any piece of software every written, upon deployment there are a number of issue which were unanticipated while being created. Once they’ve been discovered Microsoft codes a solution. Depending on the severity of the issue this solution can either be distributed immediately (something like a dangerous security breach would make this happen) or collected and pushed out in a service pack.

The Microsoft Windows site specifically states that the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 includes the following: “previously released security, performance, and stability updates for Windows 7. SP1 also includes new improvements to features and services in Windows 7, such as improved reliability when connecting to HDMI audio devices, printing using the XPS Viewer, and restoring previous folders in Windows Explorer after restarting”.

Windows 7 service pack 1 was release on February 22, 2011 and like any new piece of software many were questioning whether it was work installing right away because there could be unknown bugs in the new code. In other words does the fix need to be fixed before you can use it to fix? Think of a new model year for a car. Many people will avoid that car for a couple years while the maker works out the bugs. Same thing with software, but because things change and update so quickly, instead of waiting a couple years, a few months or ever weeks will do the trick.

While there were a few issues along the way, it seems that most experts now agree that it should be installed. Any remaining risks of issue outweigh the good you are getting from the service pack.


Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player

Store all your songs, movies, and videos on a computer equipped with Windows Media Player and you can search and catalog everything at your finger tips.

Windows Media Player is a digital media player made by Microsoft which will handle audio, video, and images. Typically Windows Media Player is used on personal computers running Microsoft Windows operating system, however there are versions which can run on just about anything, including Mac. The most recent version of Windows Media Player is 12, which was released in 2009 in conjunction with Windows 7. If you are running operating systems other then Windows 7 (including any and all earlier versions of Windows) you’ll need to use Media Player 11 (or earlier version).

Not only will Windows Media Player allow you to play back music and video, but you can also record and burn to CD/DVD. So you can use it to view media on your home PC or laptop, but you can also burn the media and take it with you on the go as well. Additionally, Windows Media Player can be used as a warehouse for your media files. Store all your songs, movies, and videos on a computer equipped with Windows Media Player and you can search and catalog everything at your finger tips. Files in WMA, WAV, and MP3 format can by played without any additional conversion needed, however MP3 files which include compressed ID3 headers will results in a “The input media file is invalid” message.

Overall, Windows Media Player is a very user friendly option for software to handle all your media needs from storage, capture, and playback. One reason for it being so user friendly is the option to use “skins”. Skins are and additional element that you can select from the original pack or additionally download and allow your to customize the look and feel of Windows Media Player. They don’t actually change the underling software, they just allow you to change the look and feel of the available options to work best for you.

So if you’ve all ready upgraded to Windows 7, then you all ready have the latest and greatest version of Windows Media Player. If not then you likely still have Windows Media Player, you just have an earlier version. Either way, if you haven’t all ready given it a test drive, then it’s worth taking the time to take a look now.