Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
When we first made the SP1 Beta available a few weeks ago, it wasn’t particularly easy to discover and download. It’s a little easier now. Just head right on over to the Microsoft Download Center @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=c3202ce6-4056-4059-8a1b-3a9b77cdfdda.
Keep in mind this beta is nearly required for the latest generation laptops running the Intel i7 proc and Windows Server 2008 R2 with the Hyper-V role.
In order to download and install the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta you must currently have a Release to Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 already installed. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Beta is available for installation in English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish.
Keith, could you please explain "Keep in mind this beta is nearly required for the latest generation laptops running the Intel i7 proc and Windows Server 2008 R2 with the Hyper-V role."
Is this somehwo related to: blogs.msdn.com/.../important-hotfixes-for-hyper-v-on-windows-server-2008-r2-reminder.aspx
What problems are there with i7 and has there been an announcement as far as the final availability of SP1?
I'm very new at this. Would my Satellite L305 S5955 work on this? What would be the difference?
Yea, some of the fixes rolled into the SP1 beta are the fixes Ben has listed. In my case, I have a ThinkPad W510 with the i7 Q720M. The laptop has the NVIDIA Quadro FX 880M with 1GB of video memory.
Hyper-V would not play well until SP1 was installed and the usual result was a BSOD or poor performance.
Thank you Keith. What about the availability, I'm shortly getting some new hardware, but am unsure as far as the availability of SP1.