Microsoft is hard at work on Service Pack 1 (SP1) for
Windows Vista. Microsoft's latest consumer operating system launched
in November and is expected to be used by over 200 million people before
the end of 2007.
As is the case with any operating system, Vista is far from
perfect. There have been issues
with ReadyBoost, copying/moving large files, resuming from sleep/hibernate
and Blu-ray playback on numerous systems.
Microsoft addressed a number of these problems in late July
through the release of the "938979 Vista Performance and Reliability
Pack" and "938194 Vista Compatibility and Reliability Pack." The
software packs were
originally issued only to Vista beta testers, but are now available
to the general public.
Those fixes along with a host of other updates are expected
to make their way into SP1. A private beta of SP1 was
issued in early July and testers have been pinging ZDNET's Mary Jo Foley regarding the latest builds. According to
Foley, each tester that contacted her had a different build number.
"My first guess was the secrecy-obsessed Windows Vista
team might be providing different testers with different build numbers in order
to trace leaks," said Foley.
This move isn't too surprising considering that the folks at
Microsoft weren't too happy
with Foley's report on the SP1 beta.
to AeroXperience, the latest
build of SP1 sent to testers was labeled 6001.16549. In
addition, WinBeta claims to have screenshots of SP1
which was distributed via an ISO -- 3.07GB for the 32-bit
version and 4.3GB for the 64-bit version.
In addition to the SP1 information, AeroXperience also reports that Windows XP SP3 was
released to testers (Build 5.1.2600.3180). The download
weighs in at 350MB and supposedly fixes over 900 issues with the operating