If you’ve been anticipating the public release of SP1 for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, the wait is over. Last week, Microsoft made SP1 available for TechNet and MSDN subscribers, but it’s now available to the general public in either a (gasp!) 2GB ISO file, or via Windows Update. If you’re going for speed over functionality, go with Windows Update. However, if you really need the ISO file to perhaps install on non-Internet enabled machines, you can grab the ISO here.

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Of course, there’s not much new in SP1. As usual, service packs generally are update roll-ups and don’t include major new functionality (*cough* Windows XP SP2 *cough*). It’s still a worthwhile update though that you should consider installing sometime in the future.

Some (hopefully) worthwhile links:

Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 FAQ

Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 Documentation

Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 SP1 Mail Ordering

That last one on the list (for mail ordering Windows 7 SP1) appears to redirect to a non-Microsoft domain. However, I did get the link from Microsoft’s official site (from the Windows 7 SP1 Direct Download page).

Now for SP2. I’m just joking.

As usual, have fun with the update!