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As part of the myriad fixes and updates that Microsoft released on March 13, this month's Patch Tuesday, is the Slow Boot Slow Login (SBSL) Hotfix Rollup for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2. This is a rollup of 90 hotfixes that were released after SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. These fixes improve overall performance and system reliability of both operating systems.
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Link to KB2775511
Link to TechNet blog
Direct download links: 32-bit, 64-bit

Not Service Pack 2, but hey, it's something.

Update (from comments to the article):
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You don't necessarily have all 90 of those hotfixes

In general, Hotfixes aren't publicly available. They get created to fix a problem a user (or a bunch of users) has reported, and then delivered to that user (first for testing, and then for real). If other users report the same (or a similar) issue, then the hotfix is sent to them to try out.

Hotfixes get tested, but not to the same extent that the OS or a service pack gets tested. That's why their availability is (at least, initially) restricted.

Sometimes, hotfixes are found (over time) to be of such use and to have no deleterious side effects, and they are made more widely available (there will be a link in the corresponding KB article saying "download this hotfix to fix the problem"). Most of the time, the KB article will say "there is a fix available for this issue, contact support to get it" (for what it's worth, if there is a KB article that points to a hotfix, there isn't any charge for that support call - you are getting a bug fixed, and bug fixes are free).

Eventually, a bunch of hotfixes are rolled up together and tested as a whole. In the core Windows world this is what become Windows Service Packs. Other technologies have labeled these things as "roll up hotfixes" (they were very common in IIS and DCOM and a few other similar technologies back in the day). Roll-ups are like minor hotfixes.

So, the answer is "you are probably wrong - you may have some of these, but it's unlikely you have all of them".

Edited by zalbard - 3/25/13 at 7:46am
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Interesting...any before/after results to show real world performance increases?
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Most of the performance fix are related to workstations in a domain environment, ie. processing of GPO and login script. Highly recommended for workstations and servers in domain but I don't believe users in workgroup or standalone PCs will see a difference.
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So why exactly wasn't this included upon checking for updates? Not even in the optional section. Why would they want to hide something like this confused.gif

Edit: Never-mind found the answer in the article doh.gif
Edited by NoiseTemper - 3/25/13 at 5:48am
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ive skimmed the article but somehow i missed the reason why they would hide this update.....................? can any1 care to explain????
 
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ive skimmed the article but somehow i missed the reason why they would hide this update.....................? can any1 care to explain????

Probably because MS doesn't want Windows 7 to look good or that it is still being supported well with updates...they want people to think they need to upgrade Windows 8 for that.
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Interesting...any before/after results to show real world performance increases?

Guys I don't think these are NEW updates. They're the ~90 updates that have released since SP1; they're just rolled into a single hotfix download. Remember OCN was going buck-wild when they announced there would be no more Service Packs? This rollup is essentially a small service pack that includes all updates to date since SP1. I'm guessing it was just hidden because they haven't finalized it yet.
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Most people who run Windows Update frequently already have all of these fixes.
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Originally Posted by =JLumbs= View Post

ive skimmed the article but somehow i missed the reason why they would hide this update.....................? can any1 care to explain????

From the TechNet blog
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Update 3/13/13- We received a few questions as to why 2775511 resides exclusively on the Windows Catalog vs WSUS. Windows Catalog distribution allows administrators to distribute the rollup in either WSUS or System Center throughout the enterprise. This allows for increased coverage by companies that are normally refrained from downloading adhoc hotfixes.
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Guys I don't think these are NEW updates. They're the ~90 updates that have released since SP1; they're just rolled into a single hotfix download. Remember OCN was going buck-wild when they announced there would be no more Service Packs? This rollup is essentially a small service pack that includes all updates to date since SP1. I'm guessing it was just hidden because they haven't finalized it yet.

I am pretty sure this was the case. The MS support page says...
Quote:
This hotfix rollup contains 90 hotfixes that were released after the release of SP1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

So nothing new...they just nicely bundled some hot fixes together. Which is basically a service pack. So that is the scandal here...they could have called it SP2, but they just called it a rollup. which is not a new term to be used by Microsoft...I am not sure how much content their earlier rollups had in them though. 90 hot fixes is fairly substantial.
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