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Microsoft Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Beta Download

At the on-going Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference at Washington DC, Microsoft has announced public availability of the first beta of Windows 7 Service Pack 1. Brandon LeBlanc, Windows Communication Manager for Microsoft, notedon the Windows blog, that the Windows 7 SP 1 is simply a combination of updates already available through Windows Updates and bunch of other hot fixes. 

Microsoft made Windows 7 available worldwide on October 22 last year and within nine months, has rolled out first beta of Service Pack 1.  However, we shouldn't get our hopes high since it isn't bringing any path breaking feature for your desktops and laptops. Just a bunch of cumulative updates which are already available comes in Service Pack 1. So, who'd like to update when no new features are included? Well, there are several hot fixes that would bundle along to form a cumulative update pack.

From today, Microsoft's sale and support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 will die. No PC maker would be able to pre-install Windows XP SP 2 in new desktops or notebooks.  However, there are many individuals and enterprises who haven't updated their systems from Windows XP Service Pack 2.     

So, if you don't update to Windows XP Service Pack 3, Microsoft won't be able offering any support to you. The ideal choice here would be buying Windows 7 and then, if you wish, installing this Windows 7 Service Pack 1 beta. 

Microsoft is planning to release final version of Service Pack 1 in the first half of next year. Download Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Beta from here. All you need is a Windows Live ID to login to download the beta.

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