Service packs also often include new features in addition to fixes.
What Service Pack Do I Have?
Checking to see what service pack is installed on your Windows operating system is really easy. Just see What Service Pack Do I Have Installed in Windows? for detailed steps.
Verifying the service pack level of an individual software program can usually be done via the Help or About menu options within the program.
Am I Running the Latest Service Pack?
Once you know what service pack level Windows or another program is running at, you'll need to check to see if it's the latest available. If you're not running the latest service pack, you should download and install it as soon as possible.
Below are updated lists containing download links for the latest service packs for Windows and other programs:
- Latest Microsoft Windows Service Packs (Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, etc.)
- Latest Microsoft Office Service Packs (Office 2013, Office 2010, Office 2007, etc.)
Note: In Windows, service packs are are most easily available via Windows Update but you can just as easily install one manually via the Latest Microsoft Windows Service Packs link above.