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Windows 7 RTM Support Ending Soon 173

Posted by timothy
from the is-7-prime? dept.
jones_supa writes with this news from Ars Technica: "Windows 7 users will have to install Service Pack 1 if they want to continue to receive security fixes and other support beyond April 9th. With the release of a Service Pack, Microsoft's policy is to support the old version for two years. Windows 7 Service Pack 1 was released on 22nd February, 2011, so the phasing out of support is happening more or less on schedule. In spite of a growing number of post-Service Pack 1 fixes and updates, Microsoft has shown no signs of shipping a second Service Pack. Should Service Pack 1 be the sole major update for Windows 7, it will continue to receive mainstream support — which encompasses both security updates, non-security bugfixes, and free phone support — until 13th January 2015. Extended support — security fixes and paid incidents only — will continue until 14th January 2020."
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Windows 7 RTM Support Ending Soon

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  • Re:you are an idiot (Score:5, Informative)

    by kthreadd (1558445) on Saturday February 16, 2013 @04:56AM (#42920435)

    Well just because you're on Windows 7 RTM doen not mean that you're not updated. Windows 7 RTM receives security updates since it is still a supported version of Windows 7, but you should install SP1 in order to keep receiving them after April 9. Windows 7 RTM and Windows 7 SP1 lives side by side in parallel, and the release of SP1 did not mean that RTM stopped receiving updates.

  • Re:(groan) (Score:5, Informative)

    by kthreadd (1558445) on Saturday February 16, 2013 @04:58AM (#42920457)

    Windows 7 SP1 has been out for nearly three years now. That's a very reasonable time to update, especially since the update is free to Windows 7 RTM users and in general should not break any software compatibility. So I don't get what the problem of dropping support for RTM would be.

  • by CodeheadUK (2717911) on Saturday February 16, 2013 @05:07AM (#42920489) Homepage

    A service pack is a roll up of all the important and critical updates into one big package. You can apply a service pack to any install to bring it up to that patch level without going through the intermediate stages.

    The service packs are often slipstreamed into install media to produce a (fairly) up to date install right off the disk.

  • by AbRASiON (589899) * on Saturday February 16, 2013 @05:14AM (#42920517) Journal

    I'm one of those "sympathisers" here who doesn't loathe Microsoft.
    Hot damn though, anyone here who does install Win7 SP1 regularly (as I do) there's about 2 to 300mb of patches and at least..70 or so of the bastards, they take forever to install as well (disk thrash)

    For goodness sakes, just release SP2 already you bastards.

  • Just use dism.exe (Score:5, Informative)

    by benjymouse (756774) on Saturday February 16, 2013 @05:37AM (#42920585)

    Use dism.exe. It will let you capture freshly installed machine - even with installed applications - back into an install image, i.e. slipstreaming. From the install image it will work exectly like the original image, only it will have all of the installed service packs, updates and patches already installed.

  • Re:you are an idiot (Score:5, Informative)

    by kthreadd (1558445) on Saturday February 16, 2013 @05:44AM (#42920605)

    A service pack will often include some new features, and has actually sometimes removed features. For example Windows XP SP2 removed the support for raw sockets. A service pack can introduce braking changes. That's why there is a fairly large overlap between the old and new service release.

  • Re:you are an idiot (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 16, 2013 @05:48AM (#42920621)

    Windows 7 RTM is NOT unpatched. It receives security updates just like any other supported version of Windows. See above discussion. If you read TFA you see that what it's all about is that RTM will soon no longer receive those updates.

  • by hairyfeet (841228) <bassbeast1968@NOsPAM.gmail.com> on Saturday February 16, 2013 @06:05AM (#42920687) Journal

    Nope it only downloads them ONCE and that is it, you can do a thousand installs from that one WSUS Offline install. I keep it on a shared drive with every SP and update from XP-Win 7 and thanks to WSUS this includes the MS Office SPs and updates, .NET installs and patches, WMP and IE patches, all in one simple shared folder. I can even tell it to say "just make me an installer with all the Win 7 patches along with MS Office 2K7 and all the extras and put it on this flash stick" and it'll do so, great little tool to have. And when you run it its all unattended, no having to click each update, and if you turn off UAC while it runs it'll even reboot and do a double check just to make sure there aren't any later patches you need that have to be installed after the SP1 reboot, just handy as hell if you need to install Windows clean.

    Of course since I have every version of Windows I see in the shop plus every version of MS Office I see plus all the goodies that shared folder is now 11.3GB but considering I can have it copy just the patches I need for what I'm working on and drive space is cheap i honestly don't care, all that bandwidth used for updating a clean install of Windows is saved so its well worth a lousy 11.3GB on a 500GB shared drive to me.

  • Re:you are an idiot (Score:4, Informative)

    by egamma (572162) <egamma AT gmail DOT com> on Saturday February 16, 2013 @11:04AM (#42921715)

    If you don't have service pack 1 installed you are an idiot anyway to run a non-updated system.

    There was almost zero benefits in SP1 for the average home user. Users can install all the needed security updates separately; in fact, this is often recommended, to reduce the size of the service pack download. Win7 received SP1 because Server 2008R2 needed the contents of the service pack.Here's what's in it for Win7:
    Additional support for communication with third-party federation services (those supporting the WS-Federation passive profile protocol)
    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
    Support for Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
    Improved Support for Advanced Format (512e) Storage Devices (devices with 4kb physical sectors)

  • Re:you are an idiot (Score:5, Informative)

    by TimothyDavis (1124707) <tumuchspaam@hotmail.com> on Saturday February 16, 2013 @08:12PM (#42924759)

    I can add some clarity to this.

    When Windows reaches RTM, the ownership of support is handed off from the Windows team to the Windows Sustained Engineering (WinSE) team. Two code branches are opened up for creating QFEs, a Limited Distribution Release (LDR) branch, and a General Distribution Release (GDR) branch.

    The GDR branch is used for updates that are going wide to all users, which include security updates and high impact updates. Depending on the severity of the QFE, it might be posted to Windows Update as a security update, or alternatively it would be provided to OEMs to preinstall on shipping systems to resolve a specific issue.

    The LDR branch is used for updates that aren't going to be distributed to a wide audience. This might be something like a QFE that fixes a bug that some enterprise customer is seeing, but doesn't have much applicabilty to the majority of Winodws users. Microsoft doesn't want to distribute an update like this wide, because there is a risk that it will cause regressions for other users. Every update in the GDR branch is also put into the LDR branch, because ultimately the user is going to be running a single instance of the binary file, and so it better have all of the security updates included if it is going to also fix issues of lesser importance

    When you go to Windows Update and install a QFE, the package that you install usually contains at least two versions of the applicable binaries: One from the LDR branch, and one from the GDR branch. The hotfix installer will look at what is currently on system, and if you have the LDR version of the binary already installed, the hotfix installer will update with the corresponding LDR binary. The effect is that once you install an LDR update, you are now on the LDR branch for that binary for all future updates - that is, until the next service pack release.

    The service pack is a release that includes all updates from the LDR and GDR branches rolled up into one major release. Pre-release versions of service packs are provided to enterprises for testing, and to see if any of the updates that were put into the LDR branch break anything. This gives the enterprise and Microsoft time to address the issue and fix it for the final service pack release.

    Since not all enterprises participate in full testing of the service pack, there may be things that end up in the final version that can break things. This is why Microsoft will continue to support the pre|prior service pack release with security updates for a time, so that these issues can be resolved. At some future time, the pre|prior service pack becomes no longer supported, which is what TFA is all about.

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