Windows 7 is one of the most popular version of Windows we have seen and it happened to be one of the most stable, secure and well features Windows OS as well. Microsoft has recently released the official service pack for the Windows 7, called the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or SP1. In simple language, service pack is a set of Windows updates which is designed to update your computer’s OS with all the required safety, features and functionality updates.
Windows 7 Service pack 1 or SP1 contains all the Windows 7 updates released till date to keep your Windows PC up to date. Installing SP1 will help you prevent any security, functionality or compatibility related issues which you might be facing because of not having updated your Windows OS software.
In this post, We will share with your three methods to upgrade to Windows 7 SP1 – Via Windows Update, Online Installer and Offline Installer.
Installing Windows 7 SP1 Using Windows Update
To install Windows 7 SP1 via Windows Update, simply open Control Panel > Windows Update and click on the link “Important updates”
On this page, make sure that Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is selected and click ok.
Now click the Install updates button and it will take care of the rest of the procedure, it will download the required components of Windows 7 SP1 and will automatically install and re-start your Windows 7 PC. This is the easiest and fastest way of installing Windows SP1.
Installing Windows 7 SP1 via Online Update and Validation
If you don’t want to update via Windows Update or facing some error or problems in installing Windows 7 SP1 via Windows Update, then you can follow these simple steps:
1 Go to Microsoft Download Center for Windows 7 SP1. On this page you will see a validation section, click continue for validating your Windows 7. This is required to make sure that you have a Genuine Copy of Windows 7 eligible for updates.
This will download a tool called GenuineCheck.exe on your computer, you need to run this tool and fill in the validation code generated by this tool.
From this download page, you can download the following files :
- 7601.17514.101119-1850_Update_Sp_Wave1-GRMSP1.1_DVD.iso – This DVD image contains standalone update for all architectures
- windows6.1-KB976932-X86.exe – This application installs Sp1 to a 32-bit machine running Windows 7
- windows6.1-KB976932-X64.exe – This application installs Sp1 to a 64-bit machine running Windows 7
Download and save the applicable file to disk and run the installer to install SP1. If you want to check whether your Windows 7 is 32 bit or 64 bit, just go to Control Panel > System and check the details of your Windows OS there as shown in below example:
Installing Windows 7 SP1 via Offline Installer
For PCs which might not be connected to Internet, e.g PCs inside a Lab only on local network or home PC without Internet connection, you can use either the files download in the above step, copy to a pen drive and use it to install it offline on such Windows 7 PCs. Alternatively, you can download Windows 7 SP1 from the Windows 7 SP1 direct download links to offline installers given below and copy them to a pen drive or disk and install on the offline PC.