Although Microsoft is yet to officially confirm this, but the company has plans to dump service packs completely and instead focus on regular Windows revisions on a yearly basis.
In fact, there has been speculation that the software titan will not release a second service pack for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. But it has not stopped the company from releasing a hotfix rollup that is said to address no less than 90 issues with both operating systems.
When applied, the hotfix rollup reduces system boot times. Redmond shared the news in a blog post on TechNet, and most of the details are listed early on:
“A massive Slow Boot Slow Login (SBSL) hotfix rollup for enterprises that includes 90 post Windows 7/2008 R2 hotfixes is available for download. The hotfixes focus on performance (Hooray!) and stability (Hooray again!).
There are improvements to the DFSN client, Folder Redirection, Offline Files and Folders, WMI, and SMB client to name a few. There also improvements to Group Policy which gets blamed for pretty much everything when I’m doing a WDRAP. You can read the full list of improvements.”
You can also check out the full list of improvements here.
As you would expect, the hotfix rollup requires a system reboot after applying. The performance improvements will likely not be noticeable until the hotfix rollup is installed on both Windows client and server. According to Jeff Stokes of Microsoft’s premier field engineering team:
“There are a couple caveats around roaming profiles and some other issues, regkeys and so forth, so test it. But most customers should see a minute or more reduced from boot, and a more peppy system, as a result.”
Still, this is as close as you would get to a Service Pack 2 for these platforms. You can get your hands on the rollup through the Microsoft Update Catalog.