Windows 7 SP1 Computers To Ship In April

Both Lenovo and HP have announced plans to ship Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) with their computers at the beginning of next months, a few weeks after Microsoft officially made the upgrade available to end users and partners.

HP also confirmed (via PC World) that SP1 will be rolled out on consumer devices by mid-June, just in time for back to school offers. Dell, Acer, Toshiba and other vendors have yet to confirm when their computes would ship with Windows 7 SP1.

The download, which contains all the fixes, upgrades and updates since October 2009, weighs can be obtained via Windows Update directly. You can learn more about the process here.

It will help ease the installation of Microsoft's newest OS within the enterprise by slashing the time it takes to install updates and patches.

Microsoft's launch of SP1 almost matches the official release of Internet Explorer 9 which is expected to be launched at a special event on Monday 14th.

At least one vendor says that SP1 still contains an issue, one related with waking up computers from sleep. Windows 7 has been the most successful iteration till date, one which has been able to replace Microsoft Vista.

Latest figures from Hitslink show that the operating system has managed to capture around 10 per cent of the global Windows OS market.