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  (Source: Microsoft)

  (Source: Microsoft)
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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RE: Good luck with that one M$
By peternelson on 8/29/2007 9:52:31 PM , Rating: 2
One of the features in Vista that was in the Beta but dropped for the release version was the ability to boot from the more modern EFI bios system rather than legacy bios.

I understand that EFI booting has been put back into SP1, which is good.

But if I can't download SP1 and create a slipstream disk of Vista with SP1, how on earth can I use it to EFI boot from to do an install that boots that way????

Oh wait I get it: wait for the retail version disks with SP1 on them.

Thinks: Hmmmm SP1 launch if on time....Q1/2008, with disks later..... likely Q2.....

I thought I'd be able to get this before the Christmas holidays season of THIS year. A lot of systems will ship then and it will just add to the installed base of SP0 users.

I can't see why they can't allow people to create their own slipstream disks, or for that matter charge me shipping to get an official disk in the mail.

By Master Kenobi on 8/30/2007 7:17:26 AM , Rating: 2
I will look into this once the SP1 is released. I'm betting there will be a way to slipstream it, just won't be public knowledge this time.

By elpresidente2075 on 9/5/2007 3:02:53 AM , Rating: 2
A more pertinent question would be why did you buy a Mac for a Vista installation?

Kidding aside, the EFI bios is much better than the legacy bios implemented in nearly every PC in the last 15 years, and with support from Microsoft, we may even begin to see penetration into the consumer market in a big way.

Sorry you gotta hang on to OSX for just a little while longer, though. <shudders at the stereotypical thought of a one-button mouse and a user friendly UI>

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