How-to: Block Windows 7 SP1 from installing

Windows 7

Microsoft has provided the Windows Service Pack Blocker Tool for Administrators. With this tool, you can block Windows 7 Service Pack 1 from getting installed automatically through Windows Update.

The blocker tool is targeted primarily at corporate customers who want to wait with installing the Service Pack to avoid potential errors in connection with the applications they use. With the tool, these customers gain more time to run additional tests.

In its current version, the Windows Service Pack Blocker Tool Kit supports Windows 7 as well as Windows Server 2008 R2. However, you can only block installing Service Pack via Windows Update for 12 months after the Final SP is released.

The publishing of the Blocker Tool now indicates that Windows 7 Service Pack 1 will get released soon. For Windows Vista, Microsoft had provided a similar tool some four months ahead of its Service Pack’s Final. Provided that the company follows a similar roadmap for Windows 7 SP1, we can thus expect its final around February 2011.

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