Microsoft has confirmed in a blog post that the first service pack for Windows 7 will be available to the public on the 22nd of this month. Earlier rumour suggested that the final release was already in the wild and available on torrent sites across the internet. But this was never confirmed by Microsoft, and it now appears that the touted RTM service pack that went viral on the net was NOT the official RTM build, although we’re still to get word on the build number of the RTM Microsoft has just announced.
The service pack will first be available to MSDN subscribers on February 16th, them the rest of the world on the 22nd.
Service Pack one may not be of too much interest for gamers as there are no major enhancmenets or new features for the average user. It’s more server-end changes for Windows Server 2008. Indeed Microsoft already concede that most of the service pack is already available via Windows Update patches that the majority of users are already likely to have.
Still though, I’m sure a lot of people will like to grab a network installation download and slipstream it into their current version of Windows 7; either by making a new DVD or USB stick. I’ll be making a tutorial on how to slipstream SP1 in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile here’s a thorough run-through of the changes in detail.