Just wanted to point out these new articles we have on the Windows site, all related to the up coming Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta. Maybe worth a quick read prior to any plans you have install the service pack when it becomes available.

To successfully install Windows 7 SP1 Beta or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta, you or a network administrator will have to uninstall Microsoft Security Essentials or Microsoft Forefront Client Security, install the service pack, and then reinstall your security program. For instructions on how to do this, see the following steps.”

When installing a service pack for Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, you might get an “Installation was not successful” error message. The most common causes of this problem are:

  • An inconsistency in the Windows Servicing Store. The Windows Servicing Store is a feature that is required to successfully install the service packs.

  • A program on your computer, such as antivirus or antispyware programs, is interfering with the installation of the service pack.”

Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 can only be installed on a computer that is running a German, Spanish, French, English, or Japanese version of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

To install important updates like Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Beta (SP1), you need to have enough free disk space on your computer (though much of that space will be reclaimed after the installation). If your hard disk is getting full, you need to free up disk space to install SP1 Beta.”

Rob