Microsoft has released Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) on February 2011. If you have recently purchased a system with Windows 7, then chances are that you are probably using latest version, which is with SP1. Or you would have upgraded your system with the Service Pack 1 using Windows Updates. If your settings in “Windows update” is “Install updates automatically”, then you are already having SP1.
To know if you are using Windows 7 with, or without SP1, then all you need to do is to just view the “system properties”. To open system properties, just right click on “My Computer” and click on “Properties”. From there you will be able to know which version of Windows 7 you are using. If you have installed SP1, then there would be written something like this – Windows Ultimate Service Pack 1. If Service Pack 1 is not mentioned, then you will need to install SP1.
To update to SP1, one can just use Windows updates. That’s the easiest method. Or integrate SP1 to Windows 7 DVD. For doing this, SP1 would be needed and then software like RT Seven Lite will need to be used. This is called slipstream SP1 on Windows 7 DVD, but then this process will require much time and some technical knowledge. Well, let’s make things simple and uncomplicated. This process is not really necessary as Microsoft has made available direct download links of Windows 7 that include SP1.
So now all you need to do is to just download this Windows 7 with SP1, and then if you happen to reinstall the OS for any reason, then you can just use this new DVD and you will have Windows with SP1. No need to download updates anymore. So the next time you install Windows 7, there is no separate need for installing SP1, as it will be already integrated with Windows 7. IT professionals or people who need to maintain many PC’s will find this method very useful and it can save much time, as there is no need to manually download SP1 or use Windows update for it. This method can also save bandwidth costs if many systems need to be manually updated to SP1.
Below are direct download links of Windows SP1, which are official ISO images and they need to be burned to a DVD. There is a built in ISO burner in Windows 7 for burning ISO images, or you can also use some software like ImgBurn. After downloading the ISO image, just double click the ISO to burn to a DVD. (Note that you will need a DVD for burning and not a CD)
Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO Download Links
- Windows 7 Home Premium x86 SP1 [download]
- Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 [download]
- Windows 7 Professional x86 SP1 [download]
- Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 [download]
- Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1 [download]
- Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1 [download]
(x86 means 32 bit version and x64 means 64 bit version. These are bootable ISO images)
Downloading from this source is not illegal. These are just the download links for Windows 7 SP1 ISO which is a retail package that offers a 30-day trial period. After installing, you can use it or try it for 30 days, later on to continue using it, you will need to enter a genuine license activation key.