About a week ago, I replied to a thread started by Scott regarding "Patch Tuesday" for this month.
I mentioned that I still did not have SP1 installed on my system (Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit) and asked if I still needed it, even though I was current with all my monthly updates from Microsoft. I also pointed out that I had originally installed SP1 back when it came out; however after experiencing some issues, I decided to un-install it and just leave it be.
After receiving many helpful replies with suggestions and guidance from a number of good people here, I decided to take the plunge - which I have done this morning.
The first thing I did was to install all the updates for the current Patch Tuesday for this month - February - in the order in which they were offered.
After successfully completing that part, I restored SP1 from my hidden updates list, and took the plunge.
The download was only about 90 Megs - the smallest it could have been. The download and installation took a while, but ran smoothly - after which I was presented with another two additional "recommended" updates from 2011, which I went ahead and installed as well.
The entire process took about 90 minutes, and my system seems to be running normally and smoothly.
My only misgiving was to discover that, with the installation of SP1, all my previous restore points had been deleted; and I'm assuming that's to prevent me from trying to run a system restore which predates the installation of SP1. I should make sure to note that windows did create a restore point prior to installing SP1, so I do have at least one point available should I need to go back to the time before making the installation.
I would appreciate hearing from somebody regarding this and if it's normal. (I was able to create a manual restore point without any problems as well.)
Otherwise, everything seems to have gone perfectly; and I want to offer my thanks to Xhi, Lady Fitzgerald, germ-x, whs and raphoenix - all for pitching in with their expertise to help me through the process.
After this - I must say I'm a bit happy to hear that Microsoft has no plans to release an SP2 for Windows 7 ;)