The day before Windows XP SP2 was to be no more (or its updates at least), Microsoft released Windows 7 SP1 beta. The preview isn’t meant for home users; when downloading the preview from the Microsoft site, choosing Consumer or Tech Enthusiast will block the download from your system. This doesn’t provide much security, since consumers and tech enthusiasts can instead choose IT Manager, Worker or Developer. Still, statements from the Microsoft site discourage consumer downloads: “SP1 Beta does not provide new end-user features, and installation is not supported by Microsoft.”
The preview is available for download as a combination with Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, including an update to the Remote Desktop in Windows 7 that works with Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1′s remote-access platform RemoteFX. Another addition to the server? Dynamic Memory allows IT staff to adjust the memory of guest VMs on the fly.
There are both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the combination download. You have a choice of using Windows Update or network installation of 1.2GB disk image in .iso format.
Have you tried out the preview? We’d love to hear your opinions and experiences with it. Email me directly at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com or let us know in the comments!