Should I Install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)


They Say

They say the best technology is the technology you don’t notice. This is most definitely true for a lot of truly revolutionary technologies. Take the fuel management system on the Airbus A380. Constantly moving and controlling distribution of fuels around multiple systems, taking into account best distribution for weight and balance, safety, economy, possible errors and general automation of management.

A truly great example of technology that is unnoticed, and just goes about doing what it was designed to do well.

Then there is Windows 7 SP1

Before installing the update, you have to realise that Windows 7 is actually the in house patched (fixed up) version of the off shore experiment that went so terribly wrong for Microsoft. Windows Vista. With almost no new features in Windows 7, you could really call it the true SP1 to that junk they called Vista.

That in effect makes this SP1 release for Windows 7, a SP2 for Vista. In other words, they are really just fixing stuff they have either since found or did not have time to fix from the initial release.

Microsoft Themselves Recognise no Value in this Update

Take a look at their Windows 7 Service Pack 1 “What’s included in Windows 7 Service Pack 1(sp1)” website, and you begin to get the idea.

See the feature list?


Me either… They list exactly nothing. Nothing is included in SP1 for Windows 7. They have no features, no additions and no reason to update.

One general reference only to “Reliability” and “HDMI Audio Services”. We already know that “reliability” is a word that has been banned from being used in conjunction with Microsoft products. But HDMI Audio…


So you already can see where I am going with this. There are no features, there is nothing to draw you into this release. So if you are finding that your Windows 7 install has yet to fall apart and is otherwise working like a well service patched version of Vista. Then leave it alone!

If you are installing from scratch, then best practice would probably have you install SP1. I could not argue otherwise.

Be Warned.

Like all things Microsoft, there are plenty who wish they have not installed SP1. Some of the problems include:

Colour problems

Failure to install – "Installation was not successful" DS_S_SUCCESS(0x0)

Windows 7 SP1 Fails to Install ‘0x800f0826′

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 fails to install with 0x800f0a13

Fatal Error C000009A applying update operation [number] of [number]

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 – Installation Failure ERROR_ACCESS_DENIED(0×80070005)

Just to name a few issues.

Microsoft are so aware of these problems, that they have released an official tool to help you prevent your system from bugging you to install SP1. They call it the Windows Service Pack Blocker Tool Kit. Along with the Windows Live Writer, it is probably the best tool released by Microsoft since Steve became the boss there (Developers Developers Developers).

For My Money

Time is money, and my time is valuable. I’m leaving this one alone, as I simply don’t trust Microsoft any more. They are time bandits and service packs with no features and loads of problems, smell terribly like a time bandit about to suck up another day or two of my life in Microsoft Hell.

On Another Note

I am looking forward to Tomorrows WWDC 2011 Key Note Speech. It is ironic that I once was this excited about the Microsoft releases. I wonder what “magical” new things Apple have installed for me this year?

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