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Windows 7 SP1: coming soon to a PC near you?

Even though Microsoft has been doing a very good job keeping quiet about any upcoming service packs for its new Windows 7 operating system, it seems that leaks just keep slipping out of the Redmond giant. But the bigger question is, when will the expected service pack reach beta or mainstream status?

Read on to find out more.

Ever since Windows 2000 introduced Service Pack updates, it has become almost a given that every subsequent operating system released by Microsoft will be extended the same treatment: today, many have started to hold off regularly updating their Windows PCs in favour of the service pack, which combines all previously released updates from Microsoft into a single ‘super patch’ for added convinience.

And it seems that even though Windows 7 has barely reached 6 months into its life, Microsoft has been hard at work on the first of such service packs for its latest and most popular operating system, with Softpedia claiming from a third-party source that that work on SP1 for Windows 7 has been ongoing since early January, with a total of no less than 35 builds compiled by the Redmond giant. It also claims that according to Russian website Wzor (which was password-locked when we accessed it), Windows 7 SP1 is still in pre-beta status and will remain as such for at least another month and half.

According to Softpedia, 2 builds of Windows 7 SP1 “were reportedly produced” by Microsoft this month and bear the build numbers 7601.16517.100301-1718 and 7601.16518.100302-1530, both of which “belong to the winmain_sp branch”.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing more about the yet-to-come SP1 for Windows 7 except for the build number and the speculated beta release date (which is soon approaching), so check back for updates.

Source: Softpedia

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