Windows 7 SP1 Beta Now Available for Mass Consumption (Sort Of)

When the first Service Pack shipped for Windows Vista, it was a pretty big deal. After all, it took several performance and reliability updates to turn what debuted as a buggy OS into a serviceable platform, all of which were rolled into SP1, and then some. Windows 7 has gotten off to a much smoother start, but hey, if you're at all curious what the first Service Pack will bring, by all means, go find out - the beta is now available for download (as well as for Windows Server 2008 R2).

Keeping in mind that this is beta software (the Service Pack, not Windows 7), we'd advise against downloading this on mission critical rigs. But really, we're not expecting too much quirky behavior here. Rather than add a bunch of new features, Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 is essentially a bundle of all the previous patches since the OS launched, plus a few more.

Still interested? Good, but there's just one caveat. This isn't intended for home users -- not yet, anyway -- and you'll need an RTM (Release to Manufacturing) version of Windows 7 to run the Service Pack.

More info here.