So, you have Windows 7 but you never got around to installing Service Pack 1. Well, do not fret for Microsoft will push it onto a hard drive near you any day now. Following on from the announcement that the original Windows 7 RTM (release-to-manufacturing) version would cease to be supported from the 9th of April this year, Microsoft have now confirmed that they will be pushing the Service Pack out to anyone who hasn’t already got it via Windows Update
“Starting tomorrow, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) will begin rolling out automatically on Windows Update. Updating customers to Windows 7 SP1 is part of our ongoing effort to ensure continued support and improved security updates for customers who have not yet installed SP1. Windows 7 SP1 was previously available on Windows Update but required user action to install. Starting tomorrow, the installation will be fully automatic with no user action required for those who already have Automatic Update enabled. SP1 will be released gradually over the coming weeks to all customers on the RTM version of Windows 7. The service pack will take slightly longer to install compared to other updates. To ensure Service Pack 1 is installed without issue, customers should check for sufficient free disk space and that AC power is present on a laptop. If additional space needs to be created, we recommend using the Disk Cleanup tool to delete some files so that the service pack will install. If the service pack installation is interrupted, it will reattempt to install automatically after the next restart.”
Whilst support for Windows 7 sans Service Pack ends on the 9th of April, SP1 users are covered until January 13th 2015 and anyone who paid for extended support will get that until 14th of January 2020.