The very big question for you to think about right now is, should you install the Windows 7 Service Pack 1? Read on to find out. If you are someone who hasn’t installed any of the Windows 7 Updates, then you deserve a ticking off from me!
The Windows 7 SP1 update which is around 500MB for the 32-bit version and 800MB for the 64-bit version will take some time to download and install – around 40-60 minutes we found. Depending on your Windows 7 settings this update will either automatically update or you will have to do it manually.
TIP: Make sure you have Windows Automatic Updates set to ‘ON’. Click Start > Settings > Control Panel > Security Center > Windows Automatic Updates and set to ‘ON’. Alternatively, if you want to update right now: Open Internet Explorer and then go to the Tools menu and select “Windows Update’.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you have downloaded and installed all the Windows 7 security updates since Windows 7 was released then this update will not add any new security to your system.
We used a Core i5 M560 2.67GHz with 3GB RAM (32-bit) laptop for our benchmark test. This is an above average laptop on performance. Here are the issues we found:
- Very slow boot and shutdown times with SP1 – nearly 4 minutes to boot and shutdown. Previously we had a 40 second boot and shutdown time.
- Some programs lost Internet connection. We also experienced local network connectivity issues. TIP: Check your Windows Firewall and/or Internet Security app rules.
- Microsoft Security Essentials was running and stopped the installation. So we uninstalled MSE and reinstalled SP1 and then MSE with no errors.
- Microsoft Office 2007 applications were slow in loading/shutting down – notable send and receive slow down on Outlook emails.
- Loaded Firefox 3.6 and 4.0, Google Chrome as well as Internet Explorer 8.0 and noticed slow application loadup/shutdown time – the lag time was approximately 25 seconds (only one browser tab was loaded in our test).
- We uninstalled SP1 and we had our high performing laptop back 🙂
If you do decide to install SP1 I suggest you make a backup first. If you install SP1 and find it causes system lag, then you can uninstall from Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a program. If you want my opinion, if you have been downloading and installing the security updates, don’t install SP1 for now. SP1 needs exposure to the world, so I’d wait until the end of year before considering implementing this update.
Safe surfing folks!