What You Need To Know Upgrading To Windows 7 SP1

February 24, 2011 |

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So, few days ago was a release of Windows 7 SP1

Before upgrading to it, you should know about the next requirements.

The disk space requirements vary dramatically. Users who update the operating system via the recommened Windows Update method need 750 Megabytes for 32-bit systems and 1050 Megabytes for 64-bit systems. However a stand alone installation by downloading the service pack via Microsoft’s Download Center, requires 4.1 Gigabytes of memory for 32-bit systems and a whooping 7.4 Gigabytes for a 64-bit system. So do what’s recommended and update via the Windows Update method.

There are a couple of things that should be done prior to updating to SP1

  • Just do a quick scan to make sure your free from malware and viruses
  • Microsoft recommend turning off your antivirus temporarily as it may interfere with the installation
  • Make sure your drivers are up to date
  • Be sure to have a constant power source, plug in your laptop or netbook to it’s charger
  • Make sure you have enough free disk space
  • Back up any important data in the unlikely case something goes wrongAnd finally for those of you who don’t want to upgrade to the first service pack just yet, you can download the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Blocker Tool from Microsoft. The toolkit blocks the installation of the service pack for 12 months.
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