Software

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.