Just recently Microsoft released SP1 to manufacturers and OEM to help distribute the new service pack across their new systems, but only now is it available for everyone to download or install directly through the Windows Automatic Update.
We covered the details regarding the update a little over a week ago, which included a lot of help for larger businesses. We’d have to assume that Microsoft is trying to push Windows 7 more to a corporate environment to help get rid of those old pesky Windows XP systems running Internet Explorer 6.
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (KB976932) ranges in size from 44.0MB to 533.1MB. It is, “a recommended collection of updates and improvements to Windows that are combined into a single available update. The service pack can help make your computer safe and more reliable.”
The whole installation process will take about 30 minutes and will require a restart during the update, so make sure you have the time and nothing important open while you’re updating to Service Pack 1. Updating to service packs is a good recommendation and usually includes a lot of fixes, security holes, and other problems that may have arisen from the original Windows 7 Operating System.