Sunday, February 27, 2011

Windows 7 SP1 Installation Error Fixes & Precautions

Windows 7 SP1 came out last week and I’ve already seen a lot of users vent their anger about the error messages during installation and how it paralyzed their Windows activation status even if they had properly licensed copies of Windows. In this post, I am going to guide you towards a hassle-free installation of Windows 7 SP1.


Before Installing:

Before you start installing the Service Pack, you need to make sure of the following things regarding your computer and the installation of Windows 7 on it.

  • If you have a pre-release version of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 on your PC, you must uninstall it first. The same applies to users with Windows Server 2008.
  • You must have Windows 7 Build 7600 (The RTM Version), if you are looking to install this service pack. If you have an older build, the installation is probably going to fail.
  • If you have a security software installed, make sure that you turn it off before beginning the SP1 installation. Same goes for any firewall.
  • Make sure that you’ve backed up all your important data. I had my documents securely backed up on Dropbox before installing the Service Pack.
  • Install and run the System Readiness Tool for scanning your PC for inconsistencies that may prevent you from successfully installing the Service Pack. Download links: 32-bit | 64-bit.
  • Finally, make sure that your Windows installation is properly licensed. If you have a branded laptop, the license key is probably stuck at the bottom of it. A lot of users have reported that Windows 7 gives out the Software Counterfeiting notification even for properly licensed users. If you have the same problem after SP1 install, just right click on Computer > Properties and scroll down to the bottom to enter the activation key found attached to your PC, it should hopefully solve all the problems regarding activation.

Although, we take these measures to make sure that the installation goes smooth, you still may face problems. If that’s the case, read this useful article by BlogNotes regarding the regular problems that might occur. You can even try skimming through Microsoft’s Troubleshooting Guide regarding this Service Pack if nothing else works out. The Installation process is fairly long and you might want to get away from your PC for a while.

After Installing:

I am pretty sure that you must have completed the Installation at this point – If you still haven’t there’s no other way but to reinstall your Operating System.

The Service Pack installation leaves behind a lot of backup files. Keep using your computer for a week and if everything is normal delete the backup files. I am recommending you do this because 500MB will go waste if you don’t. Check out GroovyPost’s guide regarding this.

Good luck and Happy Installing!