Windows 7 SP1 compulsory update

Posted on: March 19th, 2013 by Alexander Wright No Comments

If you’re a Windows 7 user and you’ve been dragging your heels when it comes to that Service Pack 1 upgrade, then prepare to get an extra dose of encouragement from Microsoft. Starting today (March 19th), the company will begin deploying SP1 via Windows Update to all neglected PCs, and just so you’re aware, the update won’t require your consent. The push will happen in a phased rollout over the next few weeks, and as for the consequence of not upgrading, Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7 RTM as of April 9th. Naturally, PCs that are managed by system admins can be shielded from the deployment, but for everyone else, it seems that you’d best prepare for the inevitable.


We would advise that you quit all non-essential programs and allow the update to install normally, which may take anything up to an hours to fully complete once downloaded depending on the speed of the system.

If you have a backup regime however then best to run it before the update, on occasion service pack updates have been known to cause issues.

Should the worst happen and your system refuses to reboot or fully load after installation then we will most likely be able to resolve this for an hours labor in-shop.

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