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A beta copy of Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 7 Service Pack 1 has apparently been leaked onto some Torrent sites.

Redmond hasn’t confirmed a date for the release of Windows 7 SP1 yet. Despite that, a pre-release copy of the minor updates package appears to be unofficially available for download online.

We asked Microsoft if it could comment on the apparent leak of the Windows 7 SP1 beta (build 6.1.7601.16537.amd64fre.win7.100327-0053), but it hadn’t gotten back to us at time of publication.

In March Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc said in a blog post that a service pack for Windows 7 would be released containing minor security updates and feature tweaks. However, he did not reveal when the Windows 7 SP1 would land.

As we’ve previously reported, Microsoft tends to stick to a pretty standard timeframe with its operating system service pack releases. Based on that logic, it’s fair to surmise that the company probably won’t spin out Windows 7 SP1 until late 2010 at the very earliest.

Last month, Microsoft revealed a few more details about Windows 7 Service Pack 1, confirming it would involve a small-fry update to the operating system. However, the software vendor didn't reveal when a finalised version of Windows 7 SP1 - nor indeed a beta - of the updates package would land. ®

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