Microsoft continues to put the finishing touches on Windows
Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) and the steady stream of updates reinforces its
actions. Microsoft late Wednesday night released a SP1 Release Candidate (RC)
refresh to 15,000 beta testers.
Testers have two ways of downloading the update: they can
download a single SP1 installation package from the Microsoft
Connect website or they can download a redirection
script which will allow them to download the update via Windows Update.
Unfortunately for current SP1 beta testers that simply want
to jump in and upgrade to the latest build of SP1 right away, the existing SP1
installation must be uninstalled first before proceeding.
"We are still on schedule to deliver SP1 RTM in Q1
CY08," said Microsoft
in a statement. "The final release date is based on quality, so we
will continue to track customer and partner feedback from the beta program
before setting a final date."
For testers that choose to download Windows SP1 from the
Microsoft Connect website, the download will ring in at 725MB for the x64
version and 436MB for the x86 version.
Microsoft last issued a build of Vista SP1 back in early
December 2007. Fortunately for non-beta testers, that version was available
to the general public.