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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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It's not vista
By xxsk8er101xx on 8/30/2007 12:46:42 PM , Rating: 2
the problem isn't vista at all. Although i have witnessed quirky things that annoy me like the network services shutting off for no reason (work related issue: resolved).

The problem and why vista sucks is the lack of software compatibility. There really isn't a reason to upgrade to vista if what you have now works.

RE: It's not vista
By TomZ on 8/30/2007 2:11:54 PM , Rating: 2
The same line of reason could be used against any OS upgrade, or any software upgrade, or any upgrade of anything ever.

The reality is that nearly all upgrades represent some form of positive change. Of course if you are the type that resists change until absolutely necessary (late adopter), that is fine, but just understand that not everyone is like that.

I personally enjoy some of the new features that Vista has compared with XP, and I'm glad I upgraded my machines to it. Sure, there are some older apps that misbehave, but I just use Vista's built-in hammers (compatibility settings) to beat them into submission. I haven't come across an app yet that I couldn't run in Vista.

RE: It's not vista
By Jkm3141 on 9/4/2007 10:34:30 PM , Rating: 2
Try running Descent 1 or 2 (like original Dos Games). Those are a pain to get working (16 bit, dos based games that are fun as hell). I'm still fighting with those on my vista notebook.

"Vista runs on Atom ... It's just no one uses it". -- Intel CEO Paul Otellini

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