While Service Pack 1 for Windows is right on track for delivery by the end of March 2011, Microsoft is continuously kicking the operating system up a notch.

An illustrative example in this regard is KB 2454826, an update designed to boost the performance of Windows 7’s underlying graphics platform.

According to the Redmond company, in addition to speeding up the UX, the refresh is also designed to touch up the functionality associated with the graphics platform.

The software giant also revealed that enhancements have also been delivered in relation to XPS printing and the Media Foundation.

“This update contains the following new functionality, performance improvements, and solutions to issues:

– This update provides new functionality and performance improvement for the graphics platform.

– This update provides performance improvements when you print from XPS-based applications to GDI-based print drivers.

– This update resolves some streaming issues that are related to Media Foundation.”

Some users might recall that back in August 2010, the Redmond company delivered another update to the performance of the Windows 7 graphics platform.

Fact is that KB 2028560 is designed to replace KB2028560, along with a few other refreshes.

“This update replaces the following updates:

2028560 – An update is available for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2 which provides new functionality and performance improvements for the graphics platform

2028551 – An update is available that contains improvements to XPS in Windows 7 or in Windows Server 2008 R2

2120976 – Streaming issues that are related to Microsoft Media Foundation in Windows 7,” Microsoft revealed.

Windows 7 SP1 has reportedly been released to manufacturing, although the software giant has yet to confirm this officially.

Microsoft will only say that users will get the first service pack for Windows 7 in the first quarter of 2011.

Download the performance and functionality update for Windows 7 and for Windows Server 2008 R2:

All supported x86-based versions of Windows 7

All supported x64-based versions of Windows 7 and of Windows Server 2008 R2

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