Microsoft pushes Windows 7 SP1 updates as support deadline looms

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Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 to be pushed put automatically via Windows Update

Microsoft will force users to upgrade to Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows 7, with the refresh installed automatically via Windows Update.

The move marks a more aggressive push from Microsoft to update to the service pack, which has been available since February 2011 but previously required users to download it.

The installation will be pushed out over the coming weeks to users who have Windows Update enabled and are still running the RTM version of the OS, ahead of support for Windows 7 without SP1 ending 9 April.

"Updating customers to Windows 7 SP1 is part of our ongoing effort to ensure continued support and improved security updates for customers who have not yet installed SP1," Microsoft said in a blog post detailing the plans.

Microsoft advised people to prepare for SP1 by making sure there is sufficient space on their hard drive - 750MB for 32-bit machines and 1GB for 64-bit, although much of that will remain available after the installation. Microsoft also warned laptop users to plug their devices into the mains to prevent installation issues.

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