Windows 7 Service Pack Already On the Burner

That’s the word from a fairly reliable source of Windows unannounced information.

Though I would say this has been perhaps the second smoothest release of Windows (Windows XP being the best, though not generally acknowledged, the minor whinings about XP were mostly just that – not based on any real install or usability problems) to date, it has not been all sweetness and light. The thing is, as Adrian Monk would say, plenty of people had warned the many early adopters that in-place upgrades were not the ideal situation for success.

Nor did the Digital River fiasco help things in the first couple of days.

But, all told, this has not been bad – I have yet to see a report of problems with Windows 7 itself, once installed. As a matter of fact, I’m really wondering why my problem with installing the HLP file viewer for Windows 7 has not been widely reported – it makes me wonder how my install can be so different.

But the report of a Service Pack already in progress is good news whether you are having problems or not, it means that Microsoft is doing its job, improving things, and polishing the release…

from Tech Connect

Windows 7 received a pretty good welcome from PC users everywhere but that doesn’t mean it lacks problems, various issues that will be resolved in the future and included in a Service Pack. Why are we talking about an SP so quickly after Windows 7’s general release? Because Wzor, a source for lots of unofficial Win7 builds is claiming that Microsoft is already working on the first pack and has even outlined a schedule for its development and arrival.

According to the report a first beta of Service Pack 1 would be provided to early testers as soon as December, with the public set to get it in January (2010). After that beta Microsoft will move to release candidates, two being planned for later in 2010, with the RTM build being expected to be done during the summer months.

Windows 7’s Service Pack 1 would go on to be generally available to the public in autumn 2010, just about a year after the OS’ arrival.

I wait to see what is in store for us, as  interface changes won’t be a part of it – they never are, instead Microsoft always seems to concentrate on hardware issues, and where possible software incompatibilities. Speaking of software incompatibilities, I am wondering if any changes will be made to solve problems with programs that work on Windows XP but not on 7; will Microsoft play it off as something that you should simply run the XP mode for (with the attending OS upgrades, natch!), or if real work will be done.

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