| By Susan Bradley |
Typically, the release of a first service pack marks an operating system’s coming of age.
But Windows 7 has proven a mature product from its first release — and doesn’t absolutely need this not-so-major update.
Preparation patches for Win7 SP1 more important
The biggest patch news this week is the release of Windows 7 Service Pack 1. As Woody Leonhard points out in this week’s Top Story, SP1 turns out to be a ho-hum update for desktop PCs. It’s needed, but not immediately. For now, hold off on installing SP1 and wait for my installation tips next week.
More important are some updated patches that ensure client systems are ready for Service Pack 1. KB 947821, for example, is an update for the Windows System Update Readiness Tool. If you’re offered this patch before seeing Win7 SP1, it’s because Microsoft’s update system has determined your computer needs it.
► What to do: I recommend manually downloading the latest Readiness Tool in MS Support article 947821 and test your systems. Over time, Windows’ system resources can develop flaws that affect the Windows servicing store, causing updates to fail. If the Readiness Tool reports any issues, it’s better to take care of them before installing Win7 SP1.
Updated language packs for Windows 7
Once you’ve installed SP1, you might need to get updated versions of tools that you depend on. For example, after you install SP1 on Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise systems, you may no longer find optional language packs (KB 972813) available for installation. Microsoft will soon release new versions that support SP1.
Did you know there’s an easy way to hide all those language updates with a few clicks? At the top of the Windows Update box, click Windows 7 Language Packs. This will highlight all 34 languages. With your cursor over the first language pack, right-click and choose Hide Updates. (See Figure 1.) Click OK; they’ll be hidden from view.