Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 delayed to after Windows 7 launch

Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 delayed to after Windows 7 launch

Summary: Microsoft's Windows Home Server (WHS) team had been pushing to deliver the Power Pack 3 update around the time Windows 7 launches in October. But it's not going to happen, officials acknowledged on September 28.

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Microsoft's Windows Home Server (WHS) team had been pushing to deliver the Power Pack 3 update around the time Windows 7 launches in October. But it's not going to happen, officials acknowledged on September 28.

In a post to Microsoft's official Windows Home Server Blog, the team didn't offer many specifics as to why PP3 is late. The team said the PP3 update needs more testing to ensure quality.

Microsoft released the beta of PP3 in July. A Power Pack is like a feature pack, and this one adds support to WHS for Windows 7 clients. When the team released the beta, they stated the goal was to ship the final version prior to October 22, the day Windows 7 goes on sale at retail.

New features slated for inclusion in PP3 include:

  • Backup and restore support for computers running Windows 7
  • The inclusion of Windows Search 4
  • Integration with Windows 7 libraries
  • Various enhancements for Windows Media Center, including TV archiving
  • Better support for netbooks

According to yesterday's post, Microsoft is looking for more tester feedback from individuals who are running Windows 7. The beta of PP3 is available for download from the Microsoft Connect site.

Microsoft has said it will make PP3 available to WHS users for free when it is released some time toward the end of this calendar year.

Topics: Servers, CXO, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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  • Kudos to MS

    They obviously want to do more testing with real life Windows 7 clients, something that can only happen after Windows 7 goes retail.

    It's a free update, the beta is freely available... It's the smart thing to do.
    croberts
  • Thats good...

    Whats wrong with this feature "Backup and restore support for computers running Windows 7?" I just backed up and restored a Win7 PC just this past weekend and it did it ok, once I partitioned the drive correctly.

    I am wondering about the next full version of WHS? Any news about it yet? I saw on a interview that a crew from China was doing the PP3 the Home Server extreme team and the rest of the Engineers were working on the next version of WHS.
    NoThomas
    • Re: Thats good...

      The only problem with backing up a Win7 machine is that you will still receive an "Action Center" message warning you that the machine is not backed up. The PP3 disables that flag when WHS is backing up the system.
      silverdl
      • ahh..

        That makes sense, Thankyou!
        NoThomas
        • You might not see bugs immediately

          I read somewhere that there were issues with backing up hard-links in Win7, which are apparently used for some of the system files.

          If this is true then WHS may restore two identical files instead of one file with two filenames. Everything would work perfectly until the file needs updating, one copy would be updated and the other wouldn't, which could cause serious problems.
          mog0
  • Windows Home Server

    I surely don't need the components of Windows
    Home Server because I'm an enthusiast. If I
    really want just a web server, I can just
    disable all the "Windows Home Server" services,
    which will bring the memory footprint down to
    about 160MB, which I can then run the virtual
    machine with 192MB of memory. Remember, this is
    just for a web server, since I wanted ASP.net
    and wanted to run the latest and the greatest,
    .net Framework 4.0 with Visual Studio 2010. :)
    Grayson Peddie
  • RE: Windows Home Server Power Pack 3 delayed to after Windows 7 launch

    xygmfs,good post!
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