Windows 7 without Service Pack 1 is out; Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 is in

Windows 7 without Service Pack 1 is out; Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 is in

Summary: A tale of two Microsoft updates: Windows 7 RTM version is on its way out (support-wise), while the latest update for Visual Studio 2012 is on its way in, downloadable now.


A quick note on two Microsoft updates: One on its way out and the other, on its way in.

As I blogged a couple months back, the RTM (release to manufacturing) version of Windows 7, with no service pack installed, will no longer be supported as of April 9, 2013. That means no more security fixes will be coming for that release. Support for specific Windows releases ends 24 months after the release of a new Service Pack, and Windows 7 SP1 was released in February 2011.

This means you should, if you haven't already, move to Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) if you want to keep getting updates and support from Microsoft.

Windows 7 SP1 mainstream (free) support continues until January 13, 2015. Extended (paid) support for Windows 7 SP1 is available until January 14, 2020. (Microsoft continues to provide security updates for free during the Extended support phase of a product.)

For more product-support phase-out dates for Windows and Office that are happening in 2014 and beyond, check out my ZDNet colleague Ed Bott's post.


On the "phase-in" side, Microsoft made available for download on April 4 its second update for Visual Studio 2012, known as VS 2012.2.

VS 2012.2 is the second update to Visual Studio 2012 that Microsoft has delivered since the core Visual Studio product launched six months ago. The latest update adds new functionality in the areas of agile planning, quality enablement, Windows Store development, line-of-business development and the general developer experience, according to a post by Microsoft Corporate Vice President Soma Somasegar.

Somasegar noted that on the line-of-business front, Update 2 adds the ability to use Microsoft's LightSwitch tool to build cross-browser and mobile Web clients using HTML and JavaScript, with support for targeting SharePoint 2013 and Office 365. It also includes support in Blend for SketchFlow, WPF 4.5 and Silverlight 5.

The download link for VS 2012.2 is here.

Topics: Windows, Microsoft, Software Development


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Good to know

    Looks like I will have to install VS2012 update this weekend...
  • windows 7

    won't VS 2012 be an automatic update?
  • windows 7

    won't VS 2012 be an automatic update?
  • Staying

    with VS2010.
    • Depends

      If you need to, then yes, but although VS2012 looks like sht because of all the metro style madness, it does work like a dream in comparison with the previous versions.

      They also have done some fantastic work on the C++ end too. So if it wasn’t for all this unnecessary and confusing style I would say is one of the best MS products so far.
      • VS2012 update 2 brings back the VS 2010 look!!!

        Yes, it's true. So many developers missed that look of VS2010, MS brought it back with update 2 of VS2012. You can set it by setting the color scheme to "Blue" in the options dialogue box. This brings back the old UI, adds gradient, and the orange menu & tab highlights.

        Try it; I think you will like it.
        • Almost

          You are right, although it is not exactly the same, i.e. super flat and the icons are still monochrome, it is definitely a step towards the right direction.

          Thanks for the tip.
      • Re: They also have done some fantastic work on the C++ end too

        Still doesn't properly support C++11, though, does it.
        • To tell you the truth

          I don’t really care about C++ 11. When I program in C++ on Windows I am not using most of all these extra features they are introducing to the language. I use some of the template libraries but that’s it, the rest of my classes are using the native Windows API.

          Like .net, beyond version 2.0, most of the changes and new features were of minimal or no value to me. I hate it when they load each language with 100s of extra features and they call it progress.
  • I have a couple of Windows 7 PCs

    that won't accept SP1. Have spent hours trying and re-trying but it wasn't failed.

    What should I do, short of re-installing?
    • Can't install SP1?

      Any particular reason? Error code?
      One issue I've seen is that if you had any malware previously, some leftover crap may be blocking the install.
      There are log files for the failed install. Look at the bottom.
      Check the MS web site. I think issues with service packs are supported with free support.
      See also
      Also pose a question in the MS support forums or elsewhere.
  • Curious about Diagnostics Hubs GUI

    I am curious, about the Diagnostics Hubs, is this a new feature, or where can i get a copy of this tool?
  • VS2012 Update2 delivers 140% build performance degradation

    We have a C++ project that was taking 5 min to build on 3GHz comp with VS2012 Update 1. After installing update 2, it takes 12 min to build ! I did not believe it at first, so I did multiple re-builds and computer restarts to confirm the observation. It actually is.