Microsoft's Windows Vista has accumulated a very large user
base since its release to the public in January 2007. The recently
released SP1 included bundled drivers with the aim of increased compatibility
in users' machines who do not regularly perform driver updates. It also
includes speed ups to hibernation recovery, and the ability to use encryption
tool BitLocker on multiple drives.
Furthermore, to improve hard drive write times, SP1 moved
Vista from an uncached write system to a cached I/O mode system. The net
result was slight increases in hard drive write speeds, according
to preliminary tests; though surprisingly, the test found that USB drive
write speeds dropped significantly.
SP1 shipped to English
language volume customers, MSDN subscribers, and testers
last month. Initially, some users experienced
a catastrophic failure when one of the previous Windows updates was found
to trigger an endless boot loop after the installation of SP1. Microsoft
quickly pulled the offending update. Now with the release
of SP1 to the general public, the large test population is sure to reveal
any flaws in the SP1 if there are any.
And it turns out there may be, if initial reports are to be believed.
Some people are still reporting being locked into the boot loop, possibly due
to the lingering presence of the malignant update. Many users left
pointed remarks about the various failures on Microsoft's
Vista Team's blog. Some users remarked that the update destroyed the
latest versions of their NVIDIA drivers. Says commenter "SeppDietrich", "What a
disaster-- It exiled all my NVIDIA drivers to the
Other users complained of significant slowdowns. "After installing SP1 things seem to go really slow, even though
my computer shouldn't have any problems," said one commenter named "Bikkja".
Part of the slowdown may be due to spiking memory demands experienced by some
users. One user "Kurrier" reported
that his memory usage by the OS jumped from 650 MB to 1 GB. He announced
that he would definitely be switching back to the pre-SP1 version of Vista.
Also, SP1 would not install on some computers which have incompatible hardware
drivers. A small set of Intel and Realtek drivers are among those
deemed incompatible. For the full list of incompatible hardware, refer here.
Microsoft is working to resolve these issues.
One should note that service packs often wreak havoc on users’ computers and
that Windows has a long history of releasing Service Packs that negatively affected
some users. Windows XP SP1, while delivering essential updates in 2002
caused many problems, which Microsoft scrambled to fix in a series of
Windows SP1 is currently available in five languages: English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Some
retailers such as Amazon started selling boxed copies of the update
yesterday. Users must install prerequisite files before install Vista
SP1, including the allegedly fixed prerequisite that caused the boot loop crash
on some users' machines.
quote: Im sorry the I don't trust the word of "Bikkja" or "SeppDietrich", do you have anything more concrete.
quote: The difference though, is that the blogs have ready access to sites that are magnets for complaints.
quote: While you raise somewhat of a valid point about sources, however, print news is not much different in using quotes from random sources (ie. guy on the street says this about the mayor). While you could argue that there is some anonymity granted by username blog posts, who could possibly be trolls, print and video news often cite individual's comments.
quote: It exiled all of my Nvidia drivers to the Bermuda Triangle..the install fails...every time,without fail.(Pun intended)Good Ol' Code 80070005...So I'm sitting here with my lovely 24" WFP2407 monitor at some asstacularly low resolution
quote: Well it was a cool fireball.Dang, and I just bought some new Goodyear 4000X tires for it.Oh no, I had a turkey sandwich in the glove compartment, why must all the good sandwiches die young.I should call my mother and see if Scruffy got his shots
quote: yes, it was overclocked
quote: Windows SP1 is currently available in five languages: English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish.