How to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 – Step by Step
Steps to take before installing Windows 7 Service Pack 1: Before you take the plunge, take a moment to prepare your computer to minimize the chance of any problems: Click here for additional information on preparation and then return back to continue on.
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Baseline: The baselines where created on a Multi-Boot computer configured with Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit (used for this report), plus Home Premium 64-Bit, 32 and 64-Bit versions of Professional and a 64-Bit version of Windows 7 Ultimate to be used for additional evaluation and testing of SP1 in future articles.
Note: 64-Bit users can use this guide as there is no difference in the steps or the installation process, however 64-Bit versions of Windows take about 20 to 25% "longer" to install SP1 than 32-Bit versions of Windows 7.
This first and early look at installing Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) was performed on both a fresh install of Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit without any Windows Updates applied and a second test of installing SP1 with all the “Important” Widows Updates installed as of 02/16/2011.
Since this computer is specifically used for testing and evaluating software and hardware, before I started I used Symantec’s Norton Ghost 15 to create a System Image backup of all partitions on the hard drive. Should any problem occur during or after SP1 is installed, the image backup will allow me or you to recover your computer back to the exact same state it was in prior to installing SP1.
Service Pack 1 Installation files: Even though I had a choice of using a SP1 DVD created from the downloadable SP1 .iso file to install SP1, I choose to simply create the DVD from the .iso file and then copy the appropriate SP1 .exe (32 or 64-Bit) from the DVD to a folder on the Windows partition.
if you like, since the DVD setup can automatically choose the correct (32 or 64-Bit) version to be installed, you can use a DVD drive to install SP1.
When Service Pack 1 is officially released you will also be able to install SP1 via Windows Update and the Internet, but this would not be my first choice as any interruption to internet service could create some potential problems.
Overview: Once you start the install almost all the action is watching the green progress bar. The progress bar is not entirely accurate as it bounces backwards and forward until it finally reaches 100% and stays there for a period of time before you see a screen indicating the service pack is being configured. 30% through the configuration process the computer will reboot and then complete the configuration process. Finally you will be prompted to logon, after which you see the “Welcome” screen and a window which says “Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is now installed”.
The install took about 15 minutes, although the installation warns that it might take an hour or more and your computer may need to restart several times during installation. Using DVD media or slow internet connections will definitely lengthen the time it takes. A reminder to laptop users, keep your laptop connected to AC power.
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