Category Archives: 13187

How to Remove Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Backup Files

So you’ve updated your Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 computers with Service Pack 1 (SP1), and everything is running great.  You’ve tested your applications and haven’t run into any compatibility issues, so now you’d like to delete the Service Pack 1 backup files.  Here’s how to do it.

Note: The Service Pack Backup Files allow you to uninstall SP1, rolling the operating system back to RTM.  Once the backup files are deleted, you can no longer roll the system back.  Make sure you have given enough time to ensure that the system is behaving properly with SP1 before deleting the backup files.

The process of deleting the Service Pack backup files is the same in both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  Deleting the SP1 backup files will reclaim about 540MB on the system drive.

  • Click the Start button and type cleanup in the search bar to run the Disk Cleanup utility.
  • Scroll through the list of Files to Delete, and select Service Pack Backup Files, as shown below:

  • Click OK to delete the Service Pack 1 backup files.  This will take a few moments.

I typically run a disk defragmentation cycle after the SP1 backup files have been removed, since this is a fairly large amount of data to remove.

Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 SP1 Releases to Manufacturing Today

The Microsoft Windows Server Team announced today that Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 was released to manufacturing (RTM) today.  Along with numerous bug fixes and security improvements, SP1 offers two significant new features: Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX.

Dynamic Memory pools all the memory available on a physical host and then dynamically distributes available memory, as it is needed, to virtual machines running on that host.  With Dynamic Memory Balancing, virtual machines will be able to receive new memory allocations, based on changes in workload, without a service interruption.  This is particularly useful in VDI implementations.

RemoteFX lets you virtualize the Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) on the server side and deliver  rich media and 3D user experiences for VDI clients.

Service Pack1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 will be available to current customers of the Windows Volume Licensing program, as well as MSDN and TechNet subscribers on February 16, 2011.  On February 22, both will be available to all customers through Windows Update and will also come preinstalled on new servers ordered.

Windows 7 Downgrade Rights

Downgrade rights enable customers to continue running Windows Vista or Windows XP after obtaining a Windows 7 license. Downgrading is simple, and this resource makes it straightforward for you to understand the process.

Customers must:

  • Purchase a PC preinstalled with Windows 7.
  • Accept the Windows 7 Software License Terms.
  • Perform the downgrade or authorize an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) to perform it.
  • See additional details and FAQ.

The Downgrade Process
Follow these steps to downgrade to a previous version of Windows:

  • Obtain genuine Windows XP Professional or Tablet PC Edition and a corresponding product key.  The media should come from a prior legally licensed version from the OEM or Retail channels. Additionally an end user, who is licensed separately through Microsoft Volume Licensing (VL) programs, may provide their VL media and key to their system builder to use to facilitate the downgrade on only their systems.
  • Insert Windows XP Professional or Tablet PC Edition media in the CD drive and follow the installation instructions.
  • Type the product key. If the software was previously activated, you will not be able to activate it online. In this case, the appropriate local Activation Support phone number will be displayed. Call the number and explain the circumstances. When it is determined that the end user has an eligible Windows license, the customer service representative will provide a single-use activation code to activate the software. Please note that Microsoft does not provide a full product key in this scenario.
  • Activate the software.

Also see the Step-by-Step Guide and FAQ for Windows 7 for customers.

OEM Versions of Windows 7 Eligible for Downgrade
Only certain OEM versions of Windows 7 include downgrade rights:

  • Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate include downgrade rights to Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate.
  • Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate temporarily includes downgrade rights to Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, or Windows XP x64 Edition.
  • Other OEM Windows 7 versions (for instance, Windows 7 Home Basic and Windows 7 Home Premium) do not include downgrade rights.

Download the Image Resizer Powertoy Clone for Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2

One thing lacking in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 is a native picture resizing tool.  I find this surprising since Windows 7 is chock full of image and video eye-candy.

Thankfully, there’s an easy to install image resizer for all versions of Windows available on  The tool is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.  Image Resizer 2.1 allows you to resize any image by simply right-clicking the image(s) and selecting Resize from the context menu, as shown.

Then you can choose the size and options for the pictures, as shown.

You can perform bulk resizing by selecting more than one photo and resize them.  Can’t get much easier than that!

The TechEd 2010 Count Down Gadget

Are you going to TechEd 2010 North America?  Can’t wait to visit New Orleans with all your fellow IT Pros?  Well, get your geek on with the TechEd 2010 Count Down Gadget for Windows 7 and Windows Vista!

Just download the gadget from any Windows 7 or Vista computer and double-click it to add it to your Windows Sidebar.  But hey, you’re an IT Pro.  You already knew that.

Update: The TechEd 2010 Count Down Gadget has been accepted and approved for distribution through the Windows Gallery.

Special thanks goes to Oliver Green with  He did all the smart stuff.  I just changed the graphics.