article_imgMicrosoft has announced the launch of the Release Candidate version of Windows 7 Service Pack 1, the last test version prior to its official release.

While the service pack, which is shared between Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, comprises a collection of all the latest bug fixes and security patches to have been released since the launch of the operating system, Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc has confirmed that Windows 7 users won’t be getting any new features if they choose to install the update.

While Windows Server 2008 R2 users will enjoy the addition of two new virtualization-related technologies, Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX, to their operating system, Windows 7 users will have to be content with the knowledge that they are running the very latest patches on their system.

Dynamic Memory is an improvement to Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization hypervisor which, the company claims, increases the software’s memory usage efficiency, allowing physical memory to be rapidly allocated to hard-working virtual machines with no down time.

RemoteFX is designed to improve the use of thin-client machines on Microsoft’s Remote Desktop protocol, adding support for local USB peripheral pass-through and improved performance for graphics-intensive applications.

The release candidate has been made available for public download on Microsoft’s TechNet site, although early adopters are warned that the installation process can take up to two hours to complete.

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