Linked by David Adams on Tue 22nd Feb 2011 19:55 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Windows Microsoft has announced that the first service pack release for Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 will hit the download servers starting today. The company had already released the final code to OEM partners earlier on February 9, followed by MSDN customers, TechNet subscribers and volume licensing customers on February 16, but now anyone will be able to get it either via Microsoft's Download Center website or through Windows Update.
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Completely Underwhelmed
by AnythingButVista on Wed 23rd Feb 2011 18:02 UTC
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The thing took forever to download. Windows Update said it was going to download 87.2 MB on my x64 Ultimate 7, but I've downloaded full 700 MB ISO images much faster than this download. Installation also took forever, followed by an eternal restart with the message "Configuring service pack. Do not power off your computer." It all took much longer than installing Windows 7 from scratch.

And all that for what? NOTHING USEFUL! Microsoft, if you guys want to make service pack the "minor, less-impacting updates" you said they would be, then they better not impact my time like that. If you are going to take forever and ever to download and install a service pack, then there better be something worth showing for in it!

Edited 2011-02-23 18:04 UTC

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