Windows 7 SP1 pre-RC Build Leaked?

Leaked Microsoft software is nothing new. Both Windows 7 and Office 2010 kept getting leaked during their development stages. Now, Softpedia is reporting that an internal Windows 7 Service Pack 1 build has been leaked. Although some websites are claiming that this is the release candidate (RC), the leaked file is most likely a pre-RC build.

The leaked image is a chinese Windows 7 (32 bit) installation, which has been slipstreamed with SP1. The build number is 6.1.7601.17104. According to reports, the leaked build is time bombed to 01.09.2011. In other words, the leaked build will stop working in September 2011. This indicates that the leaked build is at least a month old.

Installing leaked builds is never recommended. Not only are they likely to be unstable and rough around the edges, but there is also the possibility that they have been tampered by the releaser. However, if you are dying to get your hands on the latest and greatest from Microsoft, then you should be able to locate the leaked release with a simple Google search.

Microsoft Spills Details About Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows-7 You have heard the rumors before, but now it is official. Microsoft has announced Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

As expected, Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 would be a minor upgrade. It will mostly be a collection of previously released updates rolled into a single deployer. The only significant new feature would be provided through an updated Remote Desktop client, which would take advantage of RemoteFX.

Speaking about RemoteFX, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 would be a fairly major update and will introduce two new features – RemoteFX and Dynamic memory.

The previously mentioned RemoteFX will be the latest addition to Microsoft’s desktop virtualization stack. It will allow remote workers to enjoy the same rich user experience over a network as with a locally executing desktop. This will include audio, video, rich media, Silverlight and even 3D graphics.

Dynamic memory is an enhancement to Hyper-V which will enable higher consolidation/VM density ratios suitable for servers and VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) deployments.

Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc refused to specify any dates, but promised to reveal more details once we get close to the milestone release. Windows 7 is a fairly polished and a mature product, hence big updates were never expected. In fact, “Don’t wait – go ahead and deploy… you know you want to!”, was LeBlanc’s advice to corporates waiting for the first service pack.

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Screenshots Leaked, Details Unveiled

Looks like Microsoft is planning for a rollout of Service Pack 1 (SP1) a few months into the official release of the best ever operating system from MS.

Both Softpedia and Neowin have confirmed that the SP1 for Windows 7 is scheduled for somewhere in July. A set of leaked screenshots is doing the rounds of the internet, courtesy Muy Windows (translated to English). Here are few of the screenshots from a non-English version of the SP1.

Welcome to Windows 7 SP1 Installation