Recently, Microsoft released Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 Release Candidate (KB976932). The RTM of Windows 7 SP1 is said to be released in the first quarter of 2011 which includes all the previous updates and other improvements.
Microsoft has released a Windows Service Pack Blocker Tool Kit, for organizations that would like to temporarily prevent installation of Service Pack updates through Windows Update. This tool can be used with: Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. It is valid for 12 months following general availability of the service pack.
This toolkit contains 3 components. All of them function primarily to set or clear a specific registry key that is used to detect and block download of Service Packs from Windows Update. You only need to use the component which best serves your organization’s computer management infrastructure.
- A Microsoft-signed executable
- A script
- An ADM template
Note: This toolkit will not prevent the installation of the service pack from CD/DVD, or from the stand-alone download package. This simply prevents the service pack from being delivered over Windows Update.