Windows 7 RTM vs. Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
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Microsoft’s upcoming Windows client and server operating systems have the potential to break the mold of the RTM vs. Service Pack 1 milestones in the context of customers giving themselves green light to embrace the platforms. Windows 7
will make reality what the Redmond company has gone head over heels promoting for its precursor, Windows Vista: waiting for Service Pack 1 will not be necessary, the RTM build will do just fine. Market analysis firm Gartner
predicted that “Windows 7 will not need SP1” in a research authored by Gartner analyst, Michael A. Silver. Still, Silver emphasized that business customers would only start deploying Windows 7 at scale anywhere from 12 to 18 months after the operating system was released.
“The first Service Pack for Windows 7 is not necessary for the operating system's stability and security readiness. However, organizations likely won't be ready to deploy Windows 7 before SP1 ships, so they will include it in their initial deployments,” Silver said. “Windows 7 is basically an incremental release of Windows Vista. This has many organizations wondering whether they will be able to begin their Windows 7 deployments within a few months after it ships and without waiting for SP1. Lack of official ISV support likely will delay deployments until after SP1 arrives. That being the case, organizations should plan to integrate SP1 into their initial deployments to reduce the number of major changes that will need to be distributed to production systems.”
While for end users upgrading to Windows 7 is as simple as getting a new machine, or just an upgrade license, and preparing for a smooth experience if their current machines are running Vista, less smooth if the upgrade is done from Windows XP, the same is not the case for business users. Corporations often synchronize software and hardware upgrades throughout their IT infrastructure, and even so, there is complex application-compatibility and hardware-compatibility testing involved.
Microsoft has indicated that moving from Vista to Windows 7 is the best strategy compared to skipping Vista and migrating directly from XP to Windows 7. Businesses that will replace XP with Windows 7 will also need to take into consideration training for their employees. The graphical user interface has been overhauled consistently enough from XP to Win 7, and some workers will find it difficult, albeit only at first, to perform at normal parameters with the new OS.
Gartner is advising that business users should allow at least a period of half a year after all independent software vendors introduce support for Windows 7 to test products. Piloting Windows 7 is an integral part of every corporate mainstream deployment, but it is also a process that will push migration back 12 to 18 months since the introduction of the operating system. At this point in time, Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 would already have been available.
“Conventional wisdom has been that organizations need to wait for the first Service Pack to ship before they deploy a new client OS. This used to be a necessity. The availability of beta software to test the new product was not as broad as it is today, and people expected the initial release to be buggy and unstable. The first Service Pack usually would ship approximately nine to 12 months after the initial OS shipment, and would usually represent a marked improvement in stability. Today, SP1 does not represent the milestone it used to,” Silver stated.
Service Pack 1 for Windows has long been regarded as a landmark of maturity, and a signal that adoption could start without the vast majority of issues affecting the RTM release. Nowhere was this more true than with Windows Vista, although Microsoft did its best to convince customers of the contrary. However, Windows 7 is Windows 6.1 to Vista (Windows 6.0), or a Vista Release 2 (R2) if you will. Even in Beta, Windows 7 does not deal, by any measure, with the same hardware and software incompatibility issues, stability hiccups and performance problems. Service Pack 1 is expected to drop anywhere from nine to 12 months after Windows 7 RTM. This puts the potential deadline of Windows 7 SP1 sometime by the end of 2010, early 2011.
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|Comment #1 by: Mike on 25 Mar 2009, 15:33 UTC|| reply to this comment|
As a longtime fan of Microsoft Vista has been a big disapointment for me even today. Fat, buggie no stability. With the install of Windows 7Microsoft has re-entered the realm of a supplier of a viable operating system. Windows 7 install went smooth. The print drivers were a little hard to come by and compatable virus protection has slim pickings. But all this is expected for a non- released operating system. Windows 7 just has a lighter feel with the smoothness it displays. It is very stable and every bit as good as OS X. While it is not quite as fast as OS X it is heads and shoulders above Vista in all ways. If it were me I would pass on Vista and wait for Windows 7. You will have less problems moving to Windows 7 than moving to Vista. Just my thoughts from useing them all XP-Vista-Win 7- OS X - Linux. I would rate Win 7 & OS X even - Linux next - with XP then Vista rounding out the list.
|Comment #1.1 by: @Mike on 28 Mar 2009, 14:18 GMT|
For me Windows Vista is the BEST OS.I didn't have any problems..VISTA RULZ
|Comment #2 by: tomashcu on 22 Sep 2009, 08:22 UTC|| reply to this comment|
hello, i believe that windows 7 IS one of the best windows operating systems around, it is so much quicker than vista and it can run smoothly on machines with onhly 512 megs of ram! its great, i currently have windows 7 RTM ver. 7600
|Comment #3 by: Tyrone Kennedy on 23 Nov 2009, 13:01 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Market analysis firm Gartner predicted that “Windows 7 will not need SP1” in a research authored by Gartner analyst, Michael A. Silver
Ok so after the problems with printers both xerox, and Hp and all the other problems around windows 7 Would Michael like to eat his hat?
Windows 7 will not be adopted until service pack 1 at best and more than likely will not be stable till service pack 2.
|Comment #3.1 by: baarod on 30 Mar 2010, 06:22 GMT|
Isn't that the hardware manufacture's problem and no Microsoft's?
|Comment #4 by: Bob on 02 Jan 2010, 21:17 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Wrong, Windows 7 is SP1 of VISTA. Get a clue.
|Comment #4.1 by: Vik on 22 Feb 2010, 04:11 GMT|
Bob, but i thought that the SP1 for windows Vista was.....Windows Vista SP1 itself!? Heck they even released an SP2 for Vista...But that said, Seven without any SP is much faster, stable and better in all ways when u compare it to 7. True that they fixed a heck of bugs in vista to make 7, but its likely that companies would adopt 7 after a SP has been released for this OS.
|Comment #5 by: XaBER on 10 Jan 2010, 06:22 UTC|| reply to this comment|
So where can we download this Service Pack to Windows 7, from Vista BOB ?....You are so wrong !
|Comment #6 by: Poumtatalia on 12 Jan 2010, 13:39 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Windows 7 is a bad version of apple like OS. It works fine... as long as you don't actually use it! As soon as you do some normal maintenance (change user rights on a HD, resize partitions, ...) it starts bugging.
I'm not at all impressed.
|Comment #7 by: kjack on 17 Jan 2010, 23:53 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i personally think that this is the most stable and easy to use os microsoft has ever produced
|Comment #8 by: Torstar on 21 Jan 2010, 17:44 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Bob said :"Wrong, Windows 7 is SP1 of VISTA. Get a clue. "
Uhh speaking of clues.. get one.
Vista has had SP1 Released already. Win7 may look like vista, but brother it does NOT work like vista. Vista is crap. always was always will be. It was rushed ( for whatever reason) to get it to market. MS did the best thing any company could do, they let THE USERS actually participate in the beta, so MS got OUR opinions/comments/suggestions for the OS and didn't just rely on thier own internal beta testers. I seriously hope MS learned a lesson from that and will continue to let THE USERS test the beta out.
And they have. Right now you can Download the Beta for MS office 2010.
BUT you HAVE to be an IT person otherwise you can'tl download it.
but poor ol' bob will likely think that the 2010 office is just an office sp , so he won't dl it : P
|Comment #9 by: Shawn on 01 Feb 2010, 18:37 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Windows 7 doesnt have a sp1, As this sucks Right know my programs looking for these..Service packs, microsoft however says they will not be reliesed before 2011. WTH.. This meens i have to manually update my Anti virus till then??. thats BS..
|Comment #10 by: Jack on 02 Feb 2010, 11:17 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Windows 7 RC was buggy but ok, Windows 7 RTM was still buggy but far more stable than any other release of OS from Microsoft alone that ive seen.
as far as client reviews well it was easier than vista really they didnt have to go to vista but the training required was next to nothing because everything was already well laid out and fairly obvious
|Comment #11 by: ashlyn on 12 Feb 2010, 00:09 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I think the word you're looking for is "mould" not "mold" as in moldy cheese.
|Comment #12 by: Imraan on 22 Feb 2010, 11:50 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Windows 7 is awesome and its better than Windows Vista I mean hectic. Windows 7 feel like very Smooth and user-friendly like Windows Xp, but Windows 7 is more faster than Windows Xp. Service Pack 1 is must to be release for Windows 7 to get use more features
|Comment #13 by: Brian the American on 10 Mar 2010, 07:53 UTC|| reply to this comment|
maybe he speaks/writes American English - where "mold" is "mold"... whether you are forming something or being subjected to fungus.
Let's stay open minded out there.....
|Comment #14 by: Hamish on 09 Apr 2010, 03:29 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I bought windows 7 feeling good about, now i regret it, It will not run for 1 week without a blue screen, updates kill it, it is NOWHERE near stable in my opinion, and will not be for a long long time. I have reinstalled Vista, and im staying on it until i hear a report that 7 actually works.
Thanks for ruining my life Microsoft.
|Comment #14.1 by: dix on 11 Apr 2010, 03:54 GMT|
If your consistently getting blue screen Hamish I'd look into your hardware rather than looking at windows 7. i.e: make sure you have the latest drivers for all of your hardware directly from the manufacturers website NOT a windows update and make sure your running the latest bios for you motherboard. Because I have installed Win7 on a LOT of different computers and never once had a problem with win7 only with faulty hardware/drivers. If your drivers are up to date, I'd suggest testing your ram with memtest or similar. Also get like OCCT or Orthos and Speedfan and stress you cpu and check it temperatures.
|Comment #14.2 by: Marcus on 06 Oct 2010, 02:18 GMT|
I have had windows 7 64 bit running the day it came out and running great!
I got the oem disc and I have never got the blue screen or anything else for that matter!
And I even running ie9 as well and it boots fast and works great!
So I say ck something else like your bios or drivers and also I have a ATI card and get the drivers off there web site if you have that card everything else will be find
hope this will help you!
|Comment #14.3 by: tony on 24 Feb 2011, 15:44 GMT|
i don't know what you are running it on but i installed windows 7 in less than 2 hours on my old dell xps 600 and everything works great muck faster than xp and way ahead of vista that i replace on my laptop with ubuntu anther great os
|Comment #14.4 by: mayank on 30 Aug 2011, 08:00 GMT|
I have been using Windows 7 for abut 1 year now. It is quite stable, except on a few occasions.And there has been just 1 or2 blue screen of death. Actually, it is far more reliable than xp or vista(I have used both) and a good upgrade. And man, it really delivers.
|Comment #15 by: hugo on 14 Apr 2010, 23:24 UTC|| reply to this comment|
esta muy bien win7 pero he encontrado ciertos detalles para la instalacion de hardware, ya que exige que los controladores o driver de estos contengan firma digital, si no la contiene no los instala y no se puede usar el hardware. Bueno, eso es un pequeño gran problema ya que para un software de este tipo esta quedando corto a lo que decian hace un año que era la maravilla del mundo.
me agrada el sistema operativo pero todavia le falta a windows 7
|Comment #16 by: woody sullivan on 27 Apr 2010, 22:17 UTC|| reply to this comment|
The only problem I have with Windows 7 64 bit is the constant screen freezes, why is this, did'nt have it with XP, what is the solution????
|Comment #16.1 by: Jacob on 06 Sep 2010, 02:24 GMT|
64 bit sucks . 32bit is better for you . if you cant get 32bit try reinstalling ur 64bit windows 7
|Comment #16.2 by: machak10 on 14 Sep 2010, 09:10 GMT|
I love it when ppl like this guy spits on something that have no damn clue about"64 bit sucks,32 bit is better for him"...how the hell do you know what hardware is he running on win 7?what makes you that expert'..REMEMBER THIS:64bit is a future for OS'es....
|Comment #17 by: Xeshan88 on 09 May 2010, 09:18 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Windows 7 is one of the best os in the history of microsoft. first i liked xp. i have tried all the os of microsoft starting from windows 3.0 to 7 and the windows 7 is the best.
|Comment #17.1 by: dx on 22 Aug 2010, 20:33 GMT|
Win 7 is pretty good, when classic shell is installed, or integrated and several registry tweaks (repairs) done (example: arranging files in folders), but without modification it`s step back in visual interface comparing to XP and as far as I see sp1 nothing fixes.
|Comment #18 by: Matt on 17 Feb 2011, 03:19 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I don't get this obsession with waiting until the first service pack. Microsoft will contue to release updates (some critical) for Windows 7 long after Service Pack 1 will be released. Service Packs are mostly just roll up packages of "what's been found so far".
Windows XP is at Service Pack 3. Does that mean Service Pack 1 was to unreliable for corporate deployment? Of course not.
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