1 month until the death of Windows 7 RTM

Last Updated on Monday, 11 March 2013 12:57 Written by admin Monday, 11 March 2013 12:57

Microsoft is just one month away from pulling the plug on the gold version of Windows 7. April 9, 2013 is the official end of support date for Windows Vista’s successor. Of course, the Redmond company will only cut support for the RTM Build of Windows 7, which means that users of the operating system can continue using it while still enjoying all support benefits provided that they upgrade to the first service pack released for the OS.

Windows 7 SP1 (Service Pack 1) will enjoy mainstream support for years to come, until January 13, 2015, with extended support available for five additional years on top of that, namely until January 14, 2020.


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Windows 7 Trial Availability Prolonged

Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2011 02:56 Written by Mire_B Friday, 18 November 2011 02:56

Remember the free copies of Windows 7 Enterprise from Microsoft? They’re not going anywhere, at least not for the next seven months or so.

 

Windows 7 Enterprise 90-day Trial availability was prolonged until June 30, 2012, at least according to the download page on TechNet. For those keeping track, Microsoft planned to discontinue downloads at the end of 2011. But plans change.

 

Should you read too much into this new deadline in relation to what it means for Windows 8? I wouldn’t. It’s pretty clear to me that Microsoft can change the date on whim, so don’t go ahead and take it as a hint that Windows 8 won’t go gold ahead of next summer.

 


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Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) RTM Launches

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 February 2011 12:33 Written by Mire_B Tuesday, 22 February 2011 12:33

This is the first service pack for Windows 7, and let me tell you it’s almost not worth spreading the word around. But the bits are live both on Windows Update and the Download Center. Speaking of which, here’s the link to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (KB976932).

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 helps keep your PCs and servers on the latest support level. It also provides ongoing improvements to the Windows Operating System (OS), by including previous updates delivered over Windows Update as well as continuing incremental updates to the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 platforms based on customer and partner feedback. This enables organizations to deploy a single set of updates.

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 will help you:

  • Keep your PCs supported and up-to-date
  • Get ongoing updates to the Windows 7 platform
  • Easily deploy cumulative updates at a single time
  • Meet your users’ demands for greater business mobility
  • Provide a comprehensive set of virtualization innovations
  • Provide an easier Service Pack deployment model for better IT efficiency

Do not click download if you are updating just one computer: A smaller, more appropriate download is now available on Windows Update. The best way to ensure you get Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 is by turning on the Automatic Updates feature. You can use our step-by-step instructions or, if you prefer, let us do it for you. If Windows Update is not offering you the option to install the service pack, see KB 2498452. If you are encountering a problem when installing the service pack from Windows update, see Troubleshoot problems installing a service pack for Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

Steps to take before installing Windows 7 Service Pack 1 from the Microsoft Download Center
If you choose to install Windows 7 SP1 from the Microsoft Download Center Web site, there are steps that you can take to make sure that you have a good experience when you install the service pack. This article, KB 2505743, provides some suggestions to improve your experience when you install Windows 7 SP1 from the Microsoft Download Center Web site.

In order to download and install Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 you must currently have a Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 already installed.

If you have previously installed a pre-release version of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 on your machine, you must uninstall that version before installing SP1.

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 is available for installation in the same languages made available at original launch of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.


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