Let me go ahead and end this discussion and the misinformation that uninformed OCN'ers like to spread. I will prove that this is the final build and the same exact build that will be released to manufacturers.
Let's run the Genuine Advantage diagnostic tool and see what it says.
So it appears that this is a valid rtm build at first look. Let's investigate more.
Does everyone recall the KB976902 update that was pushed through Windows Updates not too long ago? This was a servicing pack update that prepares Windows for the installation of it's upcoming Service Pack. Right, let's have a look inside the cab file of this update. Check out those manifest files.
Oh look! They match up perfectly with this Service Pack's build number "17514". I guess Microsoft is in the process of "readying" Windows for a Service Pack that isn't final.
Let's look at the validation tool's licensing tab for good measure.
Yep, matches up just fine as well.
This is the FINAL BUILD of the Service Pack, period. Microsoft is just trying to cover their behinds. Wzor's leaks have been making the "security" at Redmond look silly for a while now. This is no different.
Rumors are that they're holding out for the IE9 final build because they want to release them either together or in the same Windows Update package.
Again, more misinformation by uninformed or lazy OCN'ers.
I've posted this twice on this forum but I'll post it again:
There are over 625 hotfixes included in SP1, spanning causes of bsods, handle leaks, memory leaks, deadlocks, performance issues, multimonitor issues, interprocess issues, application compatibility and Windows 7 graphics platform updates.
The fixes previously pushed through WU are only a handful of the total amount of fixes included here.
You can download the xls file here
to see all of the hotfixes that were in the Release Candidate, and you can expect even more in the RTM that's been leaked. There's just no official changelog for that yet.