Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 are Microsoft`s fastest selling global products. Many have been awaiting the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 also known as Windows 7 SP1, but unfortunately enthusiasts have been disappointed by Microsoft’s announcement in the FAQ section on their TechNet site that the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 should come out sometime in the first half of 2011. The Windows 7 Service Pack 1 provides updates and operating system support and improvement to both, Windows 7 as well as Windows Server 2008 R2. In order to install it, the operating system required would be the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2

Though the rumored release date is said to be in April 2011, skeptics expect the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 to be released before that as Microsoft usually sets a date much later than they plan to deliver to make sure they can meet the deadline; though there is nothing to confirm if it will be out sooner than announced.

Though not expected to feature any major updates, the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 will indeed feature an improved Remote Desktop Client and improved Dynamic Memory functionality. Windows 7 however has very few aspects that actually need updates and the few minor issues can be fixed once the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is installed. In an announcement made on July 12, 2010 Microsoft advised that instead of waiting on the Windows 7 Service Pack 1, one can go ahead and start the migration to Windows 7. The Windows 7 Service Pack 1 includes enhanced functionality and improvements to virtualization, new updates that have not been accessible as well as ones that have already been previously made available on Windows Update and addresses feedback from consumers.

Microsoft had also launched a public beta version of the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 in July 2010 though this is mainly for enterprise and not home users. The download is around 1.2 GB. This is helpful if you want to test the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 but keep in mind that Microsoft does not provide support for the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 beta version. The beta pack provides constant Windows 7 updates and operating system maintenance. Once the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is out in 2011, you will have to uninstall the beta version to install the Windows 7 Service Pack 1.It is advisable to back up all of your data before uninstalling the beta pack and installing the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 .The beta version is available in English, German, French, Spanish and Japanese making it a globally user-friendly support system. It expires on June 30, 2011 but you will be reminded about this commencing March 30, 2011.

Windows 7 has become the fastest selling Windows operating system of all time and has sold around 150 licenses. Installing the service pack will ensure that your operating system gives you full functionality as well as value for your investment.