Microsoft's long-awaited service pack for Windows Vista is
reported to be heading to consumers tomorrow. The RTM version of Windows Vista
Service Pack 1 (SP1) was first
released to testers in early February after a lengthy
Customers will have two ways to obtain SP1: a stand-alone
installer can be downloaded directly from Microsoft's Download Center or users
can get the update through Windows Update where it will be labeled as an
optional update. Systems that have drivers which are currently known to be
incompatible with SP1 will not be permitted to install the update.
"Customers who visit Windows Update can choose to
install Service Pack 1. Any system that Windows Update determines has a driver
known to not upgrade successfully will not be offered SP1," said
a Microsoft spokeswoman.
SP1 already caused
problems for some testers who installed the RTM version, so Microsoft is
likely trying to minimize a problematic launch for a larger consumer-based
rollout -- the last thing that Vista needs is more fuel added to the fire that
surrounds the operating system.
Customers will be able to purchase retail-packaged versions
of Windows Vista with SP1 already incorporated starting on Wednesday. Those who
pick up the retail versions will also take advantage of new, lower pricing that
introduced late last month.
Microsoft dropped the prices for Windows Vista Ultimate
(Full), Windows Vista Ultimate (Upgrade), and Windows Vista Home Premium
(Upgrade) to $319, $219, and $129 respectively. Interestingly enough,
Amazon.com offers even lower prices for the software on its site at $299.99,
quote: If it still does that there's no way I can use Vista. Not only will it wear out my HD prematurely, all that noise gave me a headache...
quote: Vista is fine
quote: BSODs are usually indicative of a driver problem.
quote: They can't make every driver vendor get their act together.
quote: That's not really Microsoft's fault, so saying something is very "with Vista" is a bit ignorant.
quote: Post your hardware specs and driver versions, maybe we can get you fixed up.
quote: Besides, like I'm gonna come here for help on anything.Kinda like asking a convicted rapist for relationship advice...
quote: That is flat out foolish to say.
quote: Your post demonstrates the very meaning of ignorant. See, you've ignored the facts and drawn a conclusion based only upon your desire to post something... anything just get in on the thread.
quote: So you've just installed it and already concluded that it's "fine"?Hmm, okay. Suffer through half a dozen BSoDs (that occur overnight, for no apparent reason), RAID rebuilds and random application crashes (Outlook, MS own app) and share your experiences in a few weeks.
quote: Vista is fine, and yes it uses more memory, but it's caching stuff, and manages memory a lot better than XP
quote: Uses more memory than XP, but manages memory better than XP?
quote: So, why is it that a slim majority of PC users (grossly over-represented here at DT) feel that Vista is the best thing since sliced bread and are so vocal about their curious affinity for "Vista: Windows ME, Second Edition"?
quote: I am a gamer so I would be looking at the 64 bit ultimate version so I would load it up with 4 gigs of ram.
quote: Value to the home user? Absolutely zero.
quote: It will be possible to slip stream, once I nail down the process (with screenshots and whatnot) I plan to write something up about it.
quote: I would say if you want the easiest and carefree method, wait about a week or two and look for the Vista SP1 DVD on the usual torrent trackers. According to Microsoft slipstreaming the usual way will blow up the stack and kill your image.
quote: You can count them separately, I JUST DID.
quote: EIGHT DIFFERENT BOXES! How can anyone honestly say that isn't confusing with a straight face.
quote: Is there any way to know what drivers won't work with SP1?
quote: You'll find out when you try to install....