Microsoft recommends using Windows Update

Windows 7 SP1 available for download on Tuesday

Microsoft has announced that service pack 1 for Windows 7 will be released on Tuesday to the general public.

Owners of Windows 7 will be able to download the service pack (SP1) from the Microsoft Download Center or via Windows Update on Tuesday. 

Microsoft recommended that end users use Windows Update rather than downloading the service pack. MSDN and TechNet subscribers have had access to the release service pack (SP1) for Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 since Thursday.

The firm also recommends that users back up their PC to an external location such as an external hard drive, optical discs or to a network location. Microsoft also suggests that device drivers be up to date before the installation.

Following installation of service pack one, 640MB of service pack backup files can be removed from via the Disk Cleanup utility although Microsoft recommends doing this "a few weeks after" the upgrade.

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