With last week’s release of Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, you may be experiencing some hesitation or caution when approaching the installation of this major update. As Ed Bott has observed, there have been no major issues reported by those who have taken the leap and installed SP1.
If you’re still in testing mode, however, he recommends using the SP1 Blocker toolkit from Microsoft to prevent the service pack’s delivery via Windows Updates. He also has some good advice for those ready to install the new package, or really any new major update:
- Create a manual system restore point to return to in case of a problem.
- Perform a manual image backup of your system prior to installation.
Michael Morisy recently talked about the plethora of Windows options available on the market right now. One man took it a step further, and took a walk down Windows memory lane. Whether you’re planning a company roll out of Windows 7, or you’re considering the installation of SP1, take a minute (or ten) to go back to your roots:
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For additional questions or concerns regarding the update, check out Microsoft’s TechNet Forums for user reactions and threads. Have other concerns or questions? Take advantage of the ITKnowledgeExchange community and visit the Forums, post in the comments section, or contact me directly at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com.