We all know that the Windows 7 Service Pack 1 has been available for testing since the Summer of 2010 but is it getting close to its Release To Manufacturing (RTM) date?

I ask this question because in the midst of today’s Patch Tuesday through Windows Update on my Windows 7 systems there is an update being offered in the Important category that is for Windows 7 and it is listed as Knowledge Base Article KB976902.

Now this update is not selected by default like all the other Important ones when you run Windows Update:


When you pull up the Knowledge Base Article for this specific update it has this explanation for its purpose:

Updates to the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 installation software are included in this update. The installation software is the component that handles the installation and the removal of software updates, language packs, optional Windows features, and service packs. This update is necessary to successfully install and to remove any service packs to all versions of Windows 7 and on Windows Server 2008 R2.

So based on these two pieces of information I think we are going to see the Windows 7 Service Pack sooner than later – hopefully within the next few weeks.

What do you think?