Here it is — the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate (KB976932), available for public here at Microsoft download center. As stated there: The RC is best suited for IT Pros, tech enthusiasts (for us people!), and developers who need to test the service pack in their organization or with the software they are developing. The final release of Service Pack 1 will be available through Windows Update for consumers when it is ready. RC is only released in English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Everybody can try though, it is safe and easy to uninstall if something goes wrong. The RC will expire on November 30, 2011.
Here’s the question for the big underground part of computer world: will Windows 7 RC tackle DAZ loader and all similarly successful cracking stuff? I would bet any money it won’t. But I will test anyway and let you know. Sometimes Microsoft was known for making bad surprises for lovers of freeware at the very end of testing period and that can be an example.
If you can not install SP1 RC for Windows 7 having error code 80070017, try to disable antivirus and run again.
Here’s the TechNet Evaluation Center for W7 SP1 RC for further information.
Here you can download a list of Fixes and Security Updates included in Windows 7 SP1 (625 patches altogether!)
Changes specific to Windows 7:
- Additional support for communication with third-party federation services
- Improved HDMI audio device performance
- Corrected behavior when printing mixed-orientation XPS documents
- Change to behavior of “Restore previous folders at logon” functionality
- Enhanced support for additional identities in RRAS and IPsec (enhancing authentication using the IKEv2 protocol)
- Support for Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) — AVX is designed to allow for improved performance for applications that are floating point intensive. Use modern CPU power at full!
- Also add here advanced new virtualization features such as Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX.