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Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 KB List

June 12, 2010 2 comments

Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) includes all previously released updates for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. Many of these updates are available to the public on the Microsoft Download Center and Windows Update, while others are only available to specific customers or partners. It is standard practice to include all of these updates in a Service Pack and as such they are included in Windows Server2008 R2 SP1 and Windows 7 SP1.

Download : SP1 Knowledge Base list

This document contains a list of these updates with links to their descriptive web pages on There are other updates in Service Pack 1 which have not been released as updates and therefore are not presented in this list. This list is pre-release and is subject to change.


Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 hot issues (Nov. 2009)

November 24, 2009 2 comments

Hi Everyone,

A series Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 issues have been reported to Microsoft customer support. From these issues, we figured out several hot issues and authored Knowledge base articles to explain the solutions.

To identify and troubleshoot these issues, you can find more information from the KB articles:

  • 975787 Adjust User Account Control settings in Windows 7
  • 976832 Error message when you insert a smart card in a reader on a Windows 7-based or Windows Server 2008 R2-based computer: “Device driver software was not successfully installed”
  • 975784 Enable the Quick Launch bar in Windows 7
  • 975785 Customize the notification area in Windows 7
  • 975786 Customize the notification area in Windows 7
  • 975788 Turn off the secure desktop in Windows 7
  • 976034 Get a detailed Power Efficiency Diagnostics Report for your computer in Windows 7
  • 976170 Troubleshoot Aero problems in Windows 7
  • 976877 Troubleshoot Aero problems in Windows 7
  • 976736 How to install Windows PowerShell on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2 Core
  • 2006291 Error message When You Bring up the Server Manager Console and click on Add / View Roles: “0x800B0100”
  • 977510 Authentication fails when an external client tries to log on by using a read-only domain controller in a perimeter network


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AMD Readies Windows 7-Friendly Chipset

August 15, 2009 3 comments

AMD Readies Windows 7-Friendly Chipset:

By Andy Patrizio

AMD will begin shipping its newest chipset, the 785G, to OEM partners today. The 785G is the foundation chipset for AMD’s Windows 7 offerings, and is tuned to take advantage of some of the features in Microsoft’s forthcoming operating system.

This is AMD’s first integrated graphics processor (IGP) to support DirectX 10.1 (the latest version of Microsoft’s multimedia library), and is the first IGP with 10.1 support. nVidia has a 10.1 IGP in the form of its GeForce GTS 250M.

Intel, which has an overwhelming chunk of the IGP market, has yet to release a DirectX 10 IGP chipset. DirectX 10 was released in 2007 with Windows Vista.

“We look at the update of this chipset as not a huge evolutionary change in chipsets. We added in a couple of new features but primarily added in the graphics core and added in a couple of new features we wanted for Windows 7,” Brent Barry, desktop brand manager for AMD told

There is a newer version of the library called DirectX 11 that comes with Windows 7. Support for DirectX 11 will come via discrete graphics processors on add-in boards from both ATI and nVidia. There’s no great rush, however, as it will be some time before DirectX 11 games and other applications hit the market.

High performance graphics support & energy efficiency

Between the DirectX 10.1, HDMI 1.3, Stream and UVD 2 support, the IGP has a pretty good amount of high performance graphics support, allowing for faster video transcoding, high definition decoding, Blu-ray playback, all while reducing the power draw. It’s also the first AMD IGP to support DisplayPort.

The 785G uses a Radeon HD 4200 core, making it one whole generation above the last IGP set, the 790G. Combined with the new 45nm Athlon II and Phenom II processors, AMD is seeing power reductions by as much as 50 percent in certain applications, Barry said.

“There are more energy efficiency features native in Windows 7. The main thing is throttling and switching on and off the GPU when it’s not being used. Windows 7 is just a better operating system than Vista. It’s doing power management better, along with better memory management and thread management,” he said.

The chipset meets the spec for system builders seeking Energy Star 5.0 compliance, he added.

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