| By Susan Bradley |
It seems like just yesterday that Microsoft released Windows 7; now we’re gearing up for its first service pack.
It seems a little surreal, but Microsoft is releasing an update that will prepare your PC for the really big update to Windows 7 Service Pack 1.
Win7’s first major update should arrive soon
Many of you should see a special Microsoft patch designed to prepare Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 machines for the upcoming release of Service Pack 1. As described in MS Support article 976902, the patch affects Win7’s and Server 2008’s installation software and should make future updates more reliable.
The article states that this preliminary patch is required — future updates will not work without it. The patch should be offered only to systems running Win7 and Server 2008 R2; some of you will see it prechecked in Windows Update — some, unchecked (see Figure 1). In my tests, the update had no adverse impact on my systems.
Figure 1. KB 976902 should make future Win7 and Server 2008 R2 updates more reliable.
► What to do: Install KB 976902 either by downloading it from MS Support or by clicking the check box in Windows or Microsoft Update. And find some time to ensure that your Win7 systems are backed up and ready for SP1. (There are rumors it’s going to be ready any day now.) I’ll have a full review of what the service pack includes after it’s released.
Windows Live Messenger 2009 mandatory update
If you’re still using the 2009 version of Windows Live Messenger, you should have been given a mandatory update before Messenger allowed you to sign in. (See Figure 2.) The update includes security fixes for file and link transfers in the client. It does not require that you install Windows Live Messenger 2011.