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Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Update

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Service Pack 1 has been released for Windows 7. For once, it doesn't seem to be creating any problems for people - so I would recommend installing it.

It is available under Windows Update, so you can do it from there or manually. Manually is generally preferred as there is less that can go wrong. If you do it automatically, a pop-up will come up when it's about to run. It states that you should close all your running programs - do so. It's also extremely important to disable your Anti-Virus.

So, take your pick.

If you do decide to do it manually, here's what to do:

  • Click on Start > Control Panel > Windows Update. Click on "Change Settings". At the drop down menu under important updates, make sure "Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them" is selected.
  • Go back to the Windows Update screen and select "Check for Updates". Install any updates that come up excluding the Service Pack 1 Update. This can be done by clicking the Install Important Updates link in the left hand panel, and then checking every box except the Service Pack.
  • Now go back to the Control Panel and select System. Scroll down to "Change Settings". Click on the "System Protection" tab and click "Create". Type "Prior SP 1" or something else of your choosing & click "Create".
  • Restart your system
  • Now click on the Start Menu and type in "System Information". Click on it, and look down about halfway. You will either see x64-Based or x32/x86-Based (Considered x86).
  • Go to http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=c3202ce6-4056-4059-8a1b-3a9b77cdfdda&displaylang=en###
  • Hit "Continue" and go through the Validation Procedure
  • Now there will be a list of downloads. Go to the bottom. You will see windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe & windows6.1-KB976932-X86.exe
  • Download the one that matches the number you found in your "System Information"
  • Once this is downloaded, close all open programs, completely disable your Anti-Virus, and Run the program. This will create it's own restore point and then install. It'll take awhile.
  • Eventually it will restart the computer and you'll see it finishing the update on the shut-down and start-up screens. Then it should start up.
  • Now, assuming things went according to plan, you will see a window that says Service Pack 1 has been installed. Click "Close" and you're all set!

Oh, and now you can go back and change the Windows Update scroll down menu to automatic should you choose to do so.

Edit: Typo

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