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Old 02-26-2011, 06:24 PM   #1
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A Guide For Installing Win 7 SP1

I had some real difficulties updating to Windows 7 Sp1 on almost all of machines I have done it on……most notably Win 7 64 Bit machines-----where not one update in 6 went correctly.

On my Main Win 7 64 bit machine----after several tries at updating…..Microsoft even recommended I go through the pain of a “Repair Install” in order for the Service Pack to install. I did----and to my chagrin---it made absolutely no difference! Using Windows Update to move to Service Pack 1 simply did not work…..MOST OF THE TIME!

On the other hand----3 out of 4 Windows 7, 32 Bit machines updated just fine through Windows Update----like they are supposed to.

Bottom line: You may have to forget about Windows Update to get you to Win 7 Service Pack 1----you are probably going to wind up using the Stand Alone Installer in many instances-----at least I did…..

Go ahead and try it the normal way using Windows Update-------but If you run into ANY PROBLEMS AT ALL…..

I recommend this method that finally worked for me EVERY TIME----without fail----no fuss---no muss.

If Windows update fails and gives you an error message when trying to update to Service Pack 1-------ANY ERROR MESSAGE…….regardless of what the error recommends to do…..

Shut Down and Reboot

Once you are booted back up, download this System Update Readiness Tool from Microsoft as it will repair many common errors that might cause the Service Pack update to fail. (It is actually a Hotfix).

64 Bit: Download details: System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB947821) [February 2011]
32 Bit: Download details: System Update Readiness Tool for Windows 7 (KB947821) [February 2011]

Run that System Update Readiness Tool

Upon completion, Shut Down and Reboot

Once you are booted back up, insure that your system has KB 2454826 installed as the Stand Alone Installer in the next step will not function without it. To check whether Windows Update KB2454826 is installed, click Start, type View installed updates in the Search programs and files box, and then press Enter. Notice whether Update for Microsoft Windows (KB2454826) is listed. If the update is not listed, you will have to install it from Windows Update. Or, alternatively, you can download it from here:

32 Bit: Download details: Update for Windows 7 (KB2454826)
64 Bit: Download details: Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2454826)

Install it and then…..Shut Down and Reboot

Once you are booted back up, download the Stand Alone Installer for Win 7 Service Pack 1 for your version (32 Bit or 64 Bit). Both 32 Bit and 64 Bit downloads are found on this page----they are the last two files listed:

windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe ---For 64 Bit
windows6.1-KB976932-X86.exe ----for 32 Bit

Download details: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (KB976932)

Once downloaded----RIGHT CLICK ON IT AND “RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR” And Windows 7 Service Pack 1 will install just fine----whole process can take an hour to an hour and a half.

Good Luck!!

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Old 02-26-2011, 06:55 PM   #2
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Re: A Guide For Installing Win 7 SP1

John, I appreciate the time you took to prepare this informative post.
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Old 02-26-2011, 07:34 PM   #3
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Re: A Guide For Installing Win 7 SP1

Great inputs, John! Thanks!

FWIW, in my particular case doing the SP1 upgrade via Windows Update, on 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate, went without a hitch. The only precaution I took was to disable my NOD32 anti-virus protection before starting the update.

Thanks again. Best regards,
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Re: A Guide For Installing Win 7 SP1

Both of my 64 bit upgrades went flawlessly. I've downloaded the stand alone installer for future reference though. Thanks for the link!
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Re: A Guide For Installing Win 7 SP1

I have installed it on my Windows 7 Home Premium Machine through Windows Updates with no Problems. Great Post Though!!
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Old 02-26-2011, 10:10 PM   #6
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Re: A Guide For Installing Win 7 SP1

Thanks John, appreciated.......
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:31 PM   #7
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Re: A Guide For Installing Win 7 SP1

LOL-----Looks like I'm the only guy who had troubles....

Seems hit or miss though----when I peruse the web......

7 out of 10 outright failures for me----Windows Update would not work no matter what----and after following all the Microsoft Error suggestions...

Well----keep this in your back pocket for the ones that fail for you or a friend.

Another tip: After you do the SP1 update-----you can remove all those SP1 backup files by simply checking a box in the Disk Cleanup Tool

How To Easily Remove Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RTM Backup Files To Regain Lost Disk Space

But remember----once those files are removed----you CANNOT rollback to Pre SP1

No big deal if you do a complete Windows Backup BEFORE you do the SP1 update as you will have a complete image you can go back to. Another good image can come from your Windows Home Server if you home is equipped with one.

I'm personally fond of Windows Home Server......the server for "the rest of us"....Easy----and just WORKS!
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Re: A Guide For Installing Win 7 SP1

Did 4 machines here at the house with Windows update without a problem, on my older machines it took a long time to complete but all worked has far has I know! Thanks John for the guide!
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Re: A Guide For Installing Win 7 SP1

Thanks for the guide and links John.
Too many computers and too little time to do it on 5 systems and 4 netbooks ... sounds like a weekend project.

At this point, is SP1 a requirement for anything out there ?
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Re: A Guide For Installing Win 7 SP1

Thanks for the guide and links John! I am downloading the stand alone files for future use.
BTW. All 4 of my upgrades went fine through WU. Both x64 & x86.
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Re: A Guide For Installing Win 7 SP1

I installed from the down loadable ISO on my main box several weeks ago without problems. I used windows update to install SP1 on my other two 64 bit PC's without problems.

FYI once your sure your system is running fine you can free up close to a gig or more of wasted space by one of the two following methods. Run disk cleanup and choose "Clean up system files". Then check the box next to "Service Pack Backup Files" then click OK to complete the clean up. Or run the following command from an admin command prompt.
"DISM.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /spsuperseded" without the quotes.

Also remember to delete system restore points to clear the restore point made before SP1 was installed. This is optional of course.

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Re: A Guide For Installing Win 7 SP1

Thanks for the info John. I did my x64 system and my net book with no problems.
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Re: A Guide For Installing Win 7 SP1

Thanks for the guide.
My desktop X64 failed & I had basically done the above to install from the full DVD version.
My X64 laptop installed OK from WU.
Who knows why - then again I hadn't disabled NIS - maybe the reason.
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Re: A Guide For Installing Win 7 SP1

Excellant guide. Like all good guides, they are produced after the issues have become quite numerous.

It is hard for me to accept the fact that many people have to resort to guides in order to accomplish a upgrade. Something is wrong with MS.
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Re: A Guide For Installing Win 7 SP1

I think I found the reason that Win 7 SP1 would install easily from Windows updates on some machines.....

and not on others......

Driver Sweeper

If you are a user of Driver Sweeper before version 2.85 it clears out some Windows 7 default ATI drivers....

Those are considered "critical components" by Windows Update as it scans your machine in prep of installing SP 1. If they aren't in your system files----the update is not allowed and fails.

I used Driver Sweeper a lot on my heavy duty machines and every one that I use it would NOT Win Update to SP1.

I wound up having to do the method that I describe in Post #1 which works just fine.

Crazy.....but at least now I know why.....
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