Windows 7 debuted back in 2009 and it is starting to show its age, if only just a little. One sign of this is the fact that Microsoft has released the first Service Pack for the operating system. If you don’t already know, a service pack is a collection of updates, bug fixes and enhancements for a software program or Windows 7 in this case.
Now Microsoft offers Windows Update for Business frequently. These updates usually come out every week and they patch the operating system in order to keep it safe from hackers. These types of weekly updates could also include improvements or enhancements to the operating system. But there comes a time when Microsoft gathers all of these updates together, adds any other updates they have and issues a Service Pack update.
One thing that is important to note is that when Microsoft does issue a Service Pack it ensures that all of the updates and enhancements work well with each other and also offers good stability for the operating system. One question many people ask is if they have already installed all the updates from Microsoft, do they still have to install the Service Pack and the answer is most definitely yes.
Service Packs usually contain additional updates or enhancements that were not included in any previous updates. A Service Pack also makes sure that all of the updates are put together properly to make your system run well.
If you are using Windows XP, then you will have Service Pack 3, Windows Vista users will have Service Pack 2, and Windows 7 users will have Service Pack 1. You can go to the Microsoft website and install the Service Pack from there if you were not prompted to do so on your computer and the good news is that all of them are free.
So, if you haven’t already done so, make sure you download the latest Service Pack from Microsoft to ensure that your computer and operating system are running up to par.
Source: The Pilot – Windows Service Packs Keep Your Computer Stable, Safe