Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta F&Qs


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If you haven't seen it already, Microsoft has released an FAQ document related to Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 BETA

Notable thing here is this one:-

Q. Can I upgrade from the beta builds to the final build of SP1?
No. You will have to uninstall the Service Pack or do a clean install of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

So there wont be any support for upgrading from Beta to SP1 Final version, so its recommended to run SP1 beta in Test and evaluation environment only and not in production.

Here is the complete FAQ:

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Beta Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Windows 7 SP1?
Windows 7 Service Pack 1 is an update for consumers and IT Pros that helps keep your PCs supported, provides ongoing improvement to the operating system, by including previous updates delivered over Windows Update as well as continuing incremental updates to the Windows 7 platform based on customer and partner feedback, and is easy for organization to deploy a single set of updates.

Q: What is Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1?
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 is an update for enterprises and IT Professionals that includes virtualization enhancements, previous improvements delivered via Windows Update, and addresses feedback from customers.

Q. What are the system requirements for the Service Pack 1 beta?
  Your current operating system must be the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 (build 7600).

Q. Can I install the beta on an evaluation version of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2?
Yes.   The beta of SP1 can install on RTM evaluation versions of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Q: When will SP1 be released?
  Service Pack 1 will be released within the first half of calendar year 2011.

Q: Who should download and install the Service Pack public beta, when it’s available?
The public beta is best suited for IT Pros and developers who need to test the service pack in their organization or with the software they are developing.  The ISO download for Windows 7 SP1 will contain both 32 and 64 bit versions. The final release of Service Pack 1 will be available through Windows Update for consumers when it is ready.

Q: Should customers who are considering deploying Windows 7 wait for SP1?
No.  Windows 7 is a high quality release and provides many benefits to consumers and businesses alike.  SP1 will include all updates previously available to Windows 7 users through Windows Update, so there is no reason to wait or delay their use of Windows 7.

Q. Can I upgrade from the beta builds to the final build of SP1?
No. You will have to uninstall the Service Pack or do a clean install of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

Q. Will there be a slipstream build of SP1 beta?
No.  The beta will only be available as the Service Pack update itself.  You will need to have a Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 to install the beta of the Service Pack.

Q. What languages will be released at beta?
  For beta, we will release English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.

Q. Will I be able to uninstall the service pack beta?
  Yes, you will be able to uninstall the service pack beta if you need to.

Please Note, it is always a best practice to back up your data prior to installing any beta software.

Q. Will the beta stop functioning after a certain amount of time?
  Yes.  You will be reminded beginning March 30, 2011. The beta will expire on June 30, 2011. You will have to upgrade to a newer build or uninstall and return to the RTM build by that time.

Q: What other improvements are included in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 besides the virtualization enhancements?
Please see the Notable Changes document for detail on the additional improvements in SP1.

Q: Is RemoteFX different than Remote Desktop Services? How do they integrate?
RemoteFX describes a set of rich media capabilities that are available to customers using the Remote Desktop Services platform to deploy a virtual machine- or session-based remote desktop infrastructure. Specifically, RemoteFX enhances the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) in Remote Desktop Services, so that remote workers can access any type of application or screen content, including rich media and 3D applications, improving end user productivity.

Q: Will Dynamic Memory be available on Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2?

You can access the online version here

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Comments (6)

  1. Geeta Giri says:

    Windows 2008 Standard edition OS on Virtual machine is not supported for dynamic feature. We changed OS on virtual machine and it worked.…/ff817651(WS.10).aspx

  2. Geeta Giri says:

    We tried reinstalling integration services on VM; also rebooted the machine but no success.

  3. Not able to excercise Dynamic memory feature says:

    I have installed Windows Server 208 R2 SP1 beta release on Hyper-V machine to exercise dynamic memory feature.

    But I am not able to get success in using this feature.

    I have tried following steps:-

    1. Created virtual machine and  configured dynamic memory feature as

    Min RAM – 512 MB and Max RAM 1024 GB and memory priority is set to high.

    2. Installed windows OS on virtual machines and installed integrated services.

    3. Started virtual machine

    4. Observed memory usage in virtual machine task manager

    5. Ran one test application consuming high memory on virtual machine

    6. Observed memory usage in virtual machine task manager -> performance tab

    7. It starts increasing memory usage but goes maximum till 500 MB or so. After that test application gets crashed. Ideally test application should have not been crashed. It should have got memory beyond our min allocated memory 512 MB i.e. dynamically increased memory.

    Has anyone observed this issue?

    Can anyone suggest how to exercise this feature?

  4. Anonymous says:


    OS installed on VM is windows server 2008 standard SP1 x64.

    No there is no change seen in Current Memory column in Hyper-V Manager Console. If min memory assigned to VM is 512 MB then Current Memory remains 512 MB only. Ideally memory should have been increased dynamically as required by test application. However CPU usage shows increase in Hyper-V Manager Console.

    Thanks You.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Can you confirm what OS you are running in the VM?

    Do you see memory change in the "Current Memory" columen of that VM HYper V Manager Console?

  6. Anonymous says:

    It may be possible that Integeration Service in the VM is not updated, Try reinstalling the Integeration Services and reboot the VM and check. 🙂

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