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  (Source: Microsoft)

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Microsoft spills the beans on Vista SP1

After months of leaks and speculation, Microsoft is finally ready to talk about Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1). Nick White, a product manager for Microsoft, posted today on the Windows Vista Team Blog that Vista SP1 will be released during the first quarter of 2008.

"We improve the Windows Vista experience by continuing to work closely with software partners to ensure application compatibility," said White. "We likewise align efforts with partners on the hardware side of the business to broaden the range of devices that work with Windows Vista and to constantly improve device driver quality."

"We didn’t design SP1 as a vehicle for releasing new features; however, some existing components do gain enhanced functionality in SP1," White added.

A new beta release of Vista SP1 is scheduled to be made available to a select group of testers during the first half of September. This is in addition to an even smaller pool of testers who have been testing a private beta of Vista SP1.

In keeping with its full disclosure on Vista SP1, Microsoft has posted a white paper on the SP1 beta. The white paper details the improvement that Microsoft has made in application compatibility and driver support as well as improvements to security and reliability.

The white paper also notes that there will be three ways of delivering Vista SP1:  Express, Stand-alone and Slipstream. The Express install will require a 50MB download from the Internet. System-specific updates will then be downloaded from Microsoft’s servers.

The Stand-alone package will be roughly 1GB in size for x86 systems. Customers, however, will be able to deploy SP1 to any Vista installation with the Stand-alone package and it will be compatible with the System Center Configuration Manager 2007 software.

Finally, Slipstream versions of Windows Vista with SP1 included will be made available to Volume Licensing Customers (and later in retail packaging). Microsoft does note, however, that "customers cannot apply SP1 to offline Windows Vista images." This could mean that customers will not able to make their own personal Slipstream copy of Windows Vista SP1 from an existing Windows Vista disc.

Installation of Windows Vista SP1 regardless of which method chosen will require a minimum of 7GB free disk space on x86 machines and 12GB free disk space on x64 machines. Microsoft does state that "most of this space will be reclaimed after installation."

As previously stated, Microsoft is targeting a Q1 2008 release time frame. That could change depending on a variety of factors according to Microsoft. "We’re first and foremost focused on delivering a high-quality release, so we'll determine the exact release date of SP1 after we have reached that quality bar," remarked White.

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Vista is good
By Nik00117 on 8/29/2007 4:10:49 PM , Rating: 1
I was agruing with my comptuer teacher today about Vista. He said its too unstable. And I was like 95% of the stablity issues come from older computers with older hardware that manfuactors haven't written stable drivers for.

A tech guy I know said he loved Vista, AFTER he got used to it.

It took me 3 installs to get used to vista, 2 times I switched and just went back because of issues, not of those issues steming from the OS failure. All out of me. Start menus, etc stuff I simply needed time to adjust too.

Now since i've adjusted I LOVE VISTA. I find it very stable, my only gripe is that MS should of given a issue to install basic drivers like in XP. I want to install my own MOBO, and GPU drivers I do not want to have to uninstall everything to do this.

But I know why M$ didn't do this, some 13 year old kid would do it not knowing what he is doing figuring o I can save 3 gigs for porn now! and then find out he doesn't have a ehternet driver so he can't DL and his porn in the first place.

I have my issues with vista, but with each day that I use it they dissappear. And its all small stuff, nothing major.

RE: Vista is good
By TomZ on 8/29/2007 4:31:28 PM , Rating: 2
You're right, and your computer teacher is wrong - Vista is not unstable at all. It's at least as stable as XP, if not more stable.

RE: Vista is good
By leexgx on 8/29/2007 10:38:32 PM , Rating: 2
vista probly ok once its working but from my standing point its big problem from an support side i even Exclude it from my monthy service contracts (if the job lasts more then 1 hr) its to easy to brake it

i recommand Vista once i can Buy Norton Goback for VIsta (turn off System restore as well once thats installed as that offers an big performace drop on vista when the shaddow system restore service is running)

RE: Vista is good
By TomZ on 8/29/2007 11:05:46 PM , Rating: 2
You probably just don't know what you're doing. :o)

Seriously, I've found Vista to be at least as good as XP, and probably better. It has far more control, better built-in diagnostics, and good backward compatibility.

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