Microsoft reportedly finalized not only the first service pack for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, but also tools it’s offering computers manufacturers to preinstall the two platforms upgraded to SP1 RTM on new machines.
Although the Redmond company has yet to confirm the RTM of Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, various third-parties have already revealed that the service pack was signed-off.
Even more, Windows 7 SP1 Build 7601.17514.101119-1850 RTM was even leaked in the wild and is already available for download from a variety of sources including warez sites and torrent trackers.
According to Wzor, the RTM versions of the OEM Preinstallation Kit and the Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7 SP1 RTM and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 RTM were also leaked and can be grabbed by all users not just original equipment manufacturers, provided that they know where to look for them.
“The OEM Preinstallation Kit - is used to build your own custom version of Windows 7. You can use it to integrate language packs to make your own custom localized builds, including the setup process.
“You can also add any custom software to the install that you want to, and customize what features are installed by default. Also included are the language packs for the bootable preinstallation environment,” reads the description of the kit.
Similarly, “the Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) is designed to help corporate IT professionals customize and deploy the Microsoft Windows 7 family of operation systems.
“By using Windows AIK, you can perform unattended Windows installations, capture Windows images with ImageX, and create Windows PE images.”
The source of the leaks claims that the OPK and WAIK images are the original files from Microsoft.
The software giant is slated to release Windows 7 SP1 sometime in the next couple of months, but no later than the end of March 2011.