Windows 7 Service Pack 1 arrives to little fanfare

Maybe it’s just me, but the release of service pack 1 for Windows 7 ought to be a fairly big deal, but because this release coincides with sp1 for Server 2008 R2, the message seems to been a little lost and garbled.

In a TechNet flash email I received this week, entitled “Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 SP1 Arrives” the only reference to a service pack was this:

“Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 is ready with new virtualization tools, web resources, management enhancements, and Windows 7 integration.”

Not a resoundingly clear message about Windows 7 sp1 availability. So I checked my Windows updates which had a handful of Office things, the usual Malicious Software Removal tool update and a couple of vaguely worded items which I included as well. No service pack to be seen. Next step, search engine!

Read on to find out how to download and install Windows 7 service pack 1 (fairly) painlessly»