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Updated Microsoft's first service pack for Windows 7 will, according to speculative reports, reach the company's MSDN and TechNet subscribers this time next week.

WinRumors cites sources close to the matter, who have pinned down 16 February as the date when Windows 7 SP1 will ship to Microsoft subscribers.

The service pack apparently hit manufacturers last month, however, Microsoft is yet to go public with its RTM milestone.

In November last year the company prepped its Windows Service Pack blocker tool kit to include its upcoming service packs for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. All of this hinted that SP1 would indeed land soon.

The service packs for both operating systems hit Release Candidate status in October 2010.

It's reported that the service pack release will become generally available on 22 February. But for now Microsoft is keeping quiet about its SP1 plans. ®

Update

And now Microsoft has confirmed here and here that OEMs are playing with the service packs, and said that the updates package will indeed reach world+dog on 22 February.

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