How to Properly Install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

  • Comments: 11
  • Written on: February 11th, 2011

Microsoft has released a new Service Pack (SP1) for Windows 7.  Your computer will automatically attempt to download and install Windows 7 SP1.

About 80% of the time that installation should go just fine.  The other 20% of the time problems that exist on your computer might prevent the Service Pack from installing or could even result in serious problems with your computer.

By taking these simple steps you can increase the odds that your Windows 7 computer will successfully install Windows 7 Service Pack 1.

With that said, if you would rather have a professional technician install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 for you, Schrock Innovations can do it for you over the Internet with the Schrock Desk.

The entire installation is a flat-rate $45 cost regardless of the time involved in preparing your computer or getting the Service Pack installed correctly.  If you are interested, contact Schrock Innovations at 866-496-8772 or call our Service Centers in Omaha or Lincoln directly.

How to Install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Properly:

This process can take up to three hours to complete.  Please allow enough time to perform all steps.

Step 1:  Preparing your computer

Before you install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 you need to prepare your computer.  Your computer needs to be free of any viruses or malware.  Even if you have anti-virus software installed your computer can be infected.

To check your computer I recommend a program called MalwareBytes.  It is a completely free program that will scan your computer and allow you to automatically remove most infections.

To check your computer do the following:

  • Download Malwarebytes (unless you already have it installed on your computer)
  • Double click on the downloaded program to install it
  • Run an update – THIS IS IMPORTANT
  • Perform a Full Scan – not a Quick Scan
  • Remove any infections that are detected
  • Restart your computer

Step 2: Perform Other Windows Updates First

Windows 7 SP1 is a Service Pack.  A Service Pack is made up of enhancements and other previous updates.

Ironically enough, Microsoft releases a Service Stack Update that helps ease the installation of a Service Pack.

Installing this small update first will increase the odds of a successful Windows 7 Service Pack 1 installation.

To install all available Windows Updates, do the following:

  • Left click on Start (the circle in the lower left corner of your screen)
  • Left click on All Programs
  • Left click on Windows Update
  • Left click on Check for Updates in the upper left corner of the window
  • Select all available updates (except Windows 7 Service Pack 1)
  • Download and install the updates
  • Restart your computer
  • Perform a second check for updates to ensure they all installed successfully.  Repeat as needed.

If for any reason any update will not successfully install, your computer may have a problem requiring the assistance of a technician.  If you would like Schrock Innovations to help, we will install the Service Pack for you for a flat rate $45 fee using our Schrock Desk internet-based support service.  Just contact us for an appointment time.

Step 3: Install Windows 7 Service Pack 1

The final step in the process is to install Windows 7 Service Pack 1.  Perform the following steps to download and install the Service Pack:

  • Left click on Start (the circle in the lower left corner of your screen)
  • Left click on All Programs
  • Left click on Windows Update
  • Left click on Check for Updates in the upper left corner of the window
  • Select Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and click on install
  • Allow the process to complete
  • Restart the computer as instructed

If everything went well, your computer should restart with the latest service pack installed.  If for some reason the computer does not restart properly, you might have the opportunity to restore your computer to a previous date.

We can not connect to your computer if it can not get on the Internet.  If you have questions or need help, please feel free to contact our Service Centers anytime.

As you can see, properly installing Windows 7 SP1 can take anywhere from a couple of hours to an entire afternoon depending on the speed and health of your computer.

For only $45 Schrock Innovations can take care of the entire process for you – in  most cases right over the Internet.  We only have 24 appointment slots each day, so please contact our Service Centers to secure your spot before we completely fill up.

  1. Dan Wooldridge said on February 12th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I have checked Windows Update and it does not show that I have any of the updates available that you refer to above; Service Stack Update or the Service Pack 1 itself. Why might this be? I am running Windows 7 Professional and would like to initiate the update myself like you recommend.
    Thank you.

  2. Thor said on February 14th, 2011 at 7:53 am

    You probably automatically received the Service Stack upgrade over the past month. As for the Service Pack, it is not available to the general public through Microsoft Update until February 26th.

  3. used tires said on February 13th, 2011 at 3:47 am

    Pretty happy to see that Microsoft is finally releasing Service Pack 1, it’s about time for sure! Hope you will give us your thoughts on the service pack as soon as you’ve had the full chance to test it out.


  4. cheap college textbooks said on February 14th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I had no clue they were even rolling out an update, thanks for the instructions so I don’t run into a mess when i install it.

  5. Евгений SEO Полищук said on February 15th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    nice manual…

  6. payday uk said on February 15th, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Some of the service packs from Microsoft behave just weird. One of them blocked my Webcam and this one gave me hard time in installation.

  7. Dodge Neon SRT4 said on February 17th, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I am also looking for this service. Thanks a lot for great post.

  8. semmy @ Make Money Online said on March 1st, 2011 at 3:48 am

    ah I’ve just want to install windows 7 and I found this article. thank you very much. I’ll try it

  9. Komodo Dragon said on March 2nd, 2011 at 12:50 am

    It certainly is good to see this release from Microsoft. Hope it addresses all the issues that most people have been facing since release. From my point of view, it’s been one of the better OS’s that I have used.

  10. p90x said on March 7th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    That $45 cost for your service sounds great. I may have to ask you to do it for me once I upgrade to windows 7. Thanks for letting us know about it Thor.

    – Robert

  11. prestamos said on April 1st, 2011 at 6:15 am

    Thanks for the advices, I’ve just bought windows 7 and I must do this step…

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