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Windows 7 SP 1: You Don’t Need to Wait


If your business is like many, you’ve been waiting for Windows 7 SP1 before even thinking about moving from Windows XP to Windows 7. But with Windows 7, you haven’t really needed to do that. Out of the box, Windows 7 was ready to go.

Mind you, I say that as someone with little love for Windows. I think Linux makes a better desktop. That said, if you’re sticking with Windows and there was some reason to avoid moving to Windows 7, I’d be the first to say so. Instead, I find myself agreeing with Michael Silver, a research director in Gartner’s client computing group, who said, “The first Service Pack for Windows 7 is not necessary for the operating system’s stability and security readiness.”

Indeed, if you look closely at the Windows 7 SP1 beta, which I have (and you can download the Windows 7 SP1 beta here), you’ll see that – unlike, say, the jump from Windows XP SP 2 to Windows XP SP3 – this is not a significant upgrade. Indeed, Windows 7 SP1 is nothing more than a round-up of previous fixes already delivered through Windows Update.

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