Service Pack 1 completed for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows 7 logoMicrosoft announced today that Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 was released to manufacturing. In contrast with many previous service packs, this newest operating system update is a relatively minor affair, offering the usual consolidated set of security and stability updates but little in the way of new functionality. The few new features that are available are oriented at server-based virtualization workloads.

Those new features are Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX. Dynamic Memory brings memory overcommitment, of a kind, to Hyper-V; that is, it allows creation of virtual machines such that in aggregate the virtual machines think they have more physical memory than a server actually has installed.

RemoteFX allows thin clients to use server-side GPU resources to provide hardware acceleration to Direct3D and OpenGL applications. This virtualization is offered both for Remote Desktop scenarios, where clients connect to and run applications on a server directly, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) scenarios, where clients connect to a virtual machine hosted on a server.

Microsoft also used the service pack announcement to describe Windows Thin PC, a benefit for Software Assurance customers that will become available next year. Windows Thin PC is a special, locked-down version of Windows 7 designed to be used as a thin client. Unlike other thin clients, systems running Windows Thin PC will not need a virtual desktop access (VDA) license to access services provisioned using VDI desktops. In conjunction with RemoteFX, this should allow older PCs to obtain the full richness of the Windows 7 desktop experience.

Though reaching RTM status today, the service pack will not be available until next week. Volume license customers and Technet and MSDN Subscribers will be able to download it from February 16, and Windows Update and pre-install availability should start on February 22.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Microsoft, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008

Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
Your comment:

Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party

Last news

Consumer group recommends iPhone 8 over anniversary model
LTE connections wherever you go and instant waking should come to regular PCs, too
That fiction is slowly becoming a reality
The Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC includes the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem
Human moderators can help make YouTube a safer place for everyone
Google says Progressive Web Apps are the future of app-like webpages
All 2018 models to sport the 'notch'
The biggest exchange in South Korea, where the BTC/KRW pair is at $14,700 now
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /

News Archive



Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (4)