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 Embedded Device Manager 2011 Service Pack 1

Last Updated on Sunday, 18 December 2011 07:56 Written by Mire_B Sunday, 18 December 2011 07:56

Click here to download Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows Embedded Device Manager 2011 from the Microsoft Download Center, and gain scalability, deployment, performance, and support for additional configurations.


Improved Scalability and Deployment: Device Manager 2011 can now be deployed in hierarchies with multiple distributed site servers, as well as in less complex site server hierarchies. Multiple distribution points can now be used to distribute write filter-enabled content, and centralized management and reporting is now supported.


Improved functionality: The expiration period for device imaging deployments has been extended to 6 months, providing enhanced functionality for offline and newly deployed devices.


Expanded support for Configuration Manager environments: Device Manager can now be deployed in environments with both ConfigMgr 2007 R2 SP2 and ConfigMgr 2007 SP1. In addition, Device Manager 2011 can be installed in an environment that includes both ConfigMgr 2007 and ConfigMgr 2003 (though Device Manager 2011 can only be installed on ConfigMgr 2007).


More flexible collections: Predefined and dynamic collection creation can now be disabled, providing flexibility in the management of device collections. Kiosks now have their own collection, instead of being grouped with other Windows Embedded devices.


Increased performance: Changes in the service pack enable fewer messages to be used throughout the lifecycle of a device imaging request.


Improved documentation: There is now an expanded library on the deployment and use of Device Manager 2011.


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MSDN and TechNet – Download Windows 7 SP1 RTM and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RTM

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 February 2011 11:07 Written by Mire_B Wednesday, 16 February 2011 11:06

Guess what? The wait is over. I already downloaded Windows 7 SP1 RTM from my MSDN account, just didn’t get to install it until now. I also need to upgrade some Windows Server 2008 R2 servers to SP1 RTM.

From the Windows Team Blog:

Starting today, MSDN and TechNet Subscribers as well as Volume License customers will be able to download Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1). Next week on February 22nd, everybody else will be able to download SP1 from the Microsoft Download Center or Windows Update.

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