With Windows 8 abandoning the traditional method of Microsoft rolling out service packs for their operating systems, its only natural that the company continues on and cancels any future service packs for Windows 7 users. At this stage its only another rumour spreading around on the internet, but it makes more sense, given that years ago the company announced that future service packs would not introduce new features. Windows 7 didn’t receive any new features either, as SP1 contained only bug fixes and patches, suggesting that Microsoft feels the outgoing OS is now feature-complete.

For those of you questioning how long it would take to fully patch Windows 8 if you decided to reinstall it, the answer depends on how you installed it in the first place. With the built-in options to return your install to a clean slate with a single click, there’s less reason for Microsoft to offer service packs if most users make use of the “Refresh” option in the Modern UI control panel, under “General.”

In addition, those of you who have bought a new computer with Windows 7 and have paid for the R125 upgrade to Windows 8 Professional, you’ll be downloading the OS install files through Microsoft’s online installer. Owners of Windows 8 tablets, laptops and desktops that didn’t come with the install discs will also have this option available, with ARM-based tablet users almost certainly forced to use the online installer because of the platform’s incompatibility with many other products on the market.

All the geeks at Redmond have to do is roll in the patches and bug fixes into the globally available install files and Bob’s your uncle. Patches and bug fixes will still feature on Windows update, but this looks like the simpler way of making sure that you’ll be getting a clean, untampered copy of the OS install files at any moment, fully patched without you having to wait an extra hour or so for them to finish.

Source: Tom’s Hardware

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