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Windows Vista "pre-beta" SP1  (Source: WinBeta)
Microsoft rolls out SP1 for Windows Vista and SP3 for Windows XP

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.

According 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 system.



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By hemming on 8/8/2007 9:28:33 AM , Rating: 3
Brandon,

I'll help you out as to why there is the driver explaination for the 64-bit ISO being larger then the 32-bit version of Vista.

The short answer is WHQL Certification for Windows Vista.

The slightly longer answer is that companies that want WHQL Certification are REQUIRED to produce a 64-bit driver for their hardware. The downside to this is that they cannot produce 'just' a 32-bit. So if they want a 32-bit, a 64-bit driver must be submitted within the next 90 days after the 32-bit driver is.

I'm trying to locate the ms.com URL for the Logo requirements to support this, and will edit this post afterwards to include it.

The only reason that I know about this is because I'm part of a technical support team for one of the top printer vendors in the world, and we don't have 32-bit drivers yet for some products.

Lack of drivers make for some bad phone calls =(


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