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Vista SP1 released to manufacturing

Microsoft has announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of the eagerly awaited Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) on Feb. 4. SP1 will initially be available in five languages: English, French, Spanish, German, and Japanese. However, you won't be able to actually download it until mid-March at the earliest.
Microsoft has announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of the eagerly awaited Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) on Feb. 4. SP1 will initially be available in five languages: English, French, Spanish, German, and Japanese. However, you won't be able to actually download it until mid-March at the earliest.

The reason, as summed up by ChannelWeb:

During beta testing for Vista SP1, Microsoft found that some device drivers were causing problems on systems with SP1 installed. Although the issues can be fixed by uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers, Microsoft decided this would be too complicated for most users. As a result, Microsoft will spend the next month hunting for additional problematic device drivers, said David Zipkin, senior product manager in Windows Client Group.

Come mid-March, users will be able to download the selected languages of SP1 either via Microsoft Download Center or as an optional item in Windows Update. In mid-April, SP1 will automatically be pushed to systems with the automatic update option enabled. Full language support for SP1 will be available before the end of April.

Most businesses traditionally wait for the first service pack of new Microsoft releases before hopping on board. Indeed, the experiences of SP1 beta testers tell us of a much improved product that appears to have fixed many of the initial problems. Will you be installing SP1 when it becomes available in March?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

36 comments
Photogenic Memory
Photogenic Memory

Now that, I will probably be installing. I'm still not impressed by Vista yet. So many people I know are having problems with it. I wonder what SP3 will do for XP? Hopefully it'll enhance it's security and give it a little more life on this earth. It's had a good run like 2000 pro. Even better!

sharrahl
sharrahl

All I want to know is did Microsoft fix the printing issue with Vista where you are trying to print to a directly attached printer to a windows/xp box from a vista laptop.........

syost16
syost16

I'd rather shoot my left nut with a 50 caliber automatic rifle then use M$ Vista at all! That being said, I have advised (and thankfully they listened) my org. not to touch vista, at minimal not for 4-5 years. Besides that, from what i have heard M$ is just repeating their old mistakes they made with ME and scraping most of Vista and coming out with Windows 7 next year or the year after. Every computer in my org. is running Windows XP SP2 and I am using Linux/Windows dual boot on my workstations/laptops and it is all running VERY well. As a final thought to my post I'd like to add is that an OS is supposed to be functional out of the box, which Vista BARELY is with all of its driver issues, software compatability issues and general bugs.

csmith.kaze
csmith.kaze

Thanks for the... graphic... image there. I really don't understand what people dislike about Vista. It's like everyone forgets all the problems XP has, or all the problems Linux has. Yes, Micrsoft slipped up badly with their Vista release. Yes it is not all it was touted to be, but I don't believe it is as bad as ME. I had a ME machine for a year or so, and MY Vista machine is rock solid in comparison. Maybe I'm just lucky. Or maybe I'm mature enough to not come with pitchforks and torches bashing every move Microsoft makes. (And, yes, I also own a Linux machine, and in my effort to teach myself how to administer it, I have screwed up more installs than I have seen anybody with Vista so far.) So, yes, I will get SP1 as soon as it is realesed to the general public

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

They where supposed to be rolling out a Major Upgrade to Vista at the 2 year mark something like SP2 for XP and then at the 4 year mark a new Development of Vista. Apparently Vista was supposed to be the basis of all M$ OS products for the next 10 years. I'm not sure how that is running now but even then I didn't believe a single word that they said. I've had a Volume License Copy of Vista since the Release of it in November 06 and other than some testing I'm yet to load it permanently on any system. I don't like it one little bit and as such have not had it installed for even close to the 30 Day Activation Deadline. The Beta Version was a Pig and while the RTM version of Vista was a massive improvement it still left a lot to be desired and was way behind XP as it stood then. Since that time M$ has constantly ended up with Egg on their Faces with Vista. Personally I still think that it should have been held up till it was worked out and most of the Projected Items incorporated into the Kernel. But M$ was way behind the 8 Ball with Vista and instead of dumping it where it belongs they have Battled on attempting to make it work in an acceptable manner to the so called Customers who have been very Loudly Complaining about it. Personally I think that Vista is a Perfect Example of what [b]Not To Do[/b] with a New Project. Don't let it slip that there is something new under development, Don't release any Projected Release Dates actually Don't say anything. If the Project ends up like a Dogs Breakfast you can drop it completely and start on another project that was already in development with a whole lot of items on [b]What Not To Do.[/b] Unfortunately for M$ at least they promoted the OS now called Vista long before it was even considered as ready. At a M$ Partners Meeting in October 06 they let slip that the Beta Product Testing Team was finding 5,000 Code Problems per Week. With the RTM of Vista only a few weeks away at that stage they where well behind the 8 Ball and it was glaring obvious that Vista had Major Problems that couldn't be corrected prior to the Release Date. I don't think that they are fixed yet let alone any real work started to improve the Faulty OS that they have fostered onto the [b]Unsuspecting Public.[/b] By large Business has ignored Vista quite rightly I might add and other than a Curiosity it is yet to amount to anything where Business is concerned. For that reason alone M$ has rushed out a SP to overcome the Accepted Truism not to buy any new M$ OS till the first Service Pack is Released. Personally I think that if M$ is doing the same thing to Windows 7 that they did with Longhorn when it was under development they are begging for another failure. The only reason that Vista sales have been so good is that the OEM Makers have bought lots of Licenses but at a 39% Market Share just like XP when it was released Vista can not be considered as anything but a Failure. So to answer your question of Do I think that M$ will fix Vista I personally Don't think so as they are open in the fact that a different version of Windows is already under development so they just lack the ability to devote the Man Hours required to fix the problem that the Marketing Side of the business has created. Col

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Sorry I seem to think that the Sarcasm was missed here. Lets see a Quad Core with 300 GIG or RAM as the Recommended Hardware to run Vista is just slightly over the top don't you think? But it's nice for the first time not to be labeled as one of the many M$ Bashers. :^0 Col

Tearat
Tearat

Xp SP 2 is slower than vista Xp SP 3 is faster than vista Xp Classic is faster than Xp SP 2 Xp SP 1 is faster than Xp SP 2 Guess they got back some of the speed they lost with SP 2 for Xp Its not bashing if they are right

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Provided that you follow M$ installation Advice and only Install VISTA on a Quad Core CPU System with 300 GIG of RAM. I fails to understand how people can continue to insist that Vista is Slower than XP when installed on the Recommended Hardware. It's just faster no matter what is said by the M$ Basher's. Col

syost16
syost16

"and Vista is a much slower system than XP." wasn't this supposed to be the OS that M$ said would be a LOT faster than XP?

tx.palletmaster
tx.palletmaster

I agree with you, here we have one little machine over in the corner that will not play with any other machine in the house. Vista will not function with any of our network printers and so just to use the one new machine we had to purchase it's own printer. It will not utilize any of our other software and is just a spiteful little system that everyone hates. Vista is just a bad mistake from Microsoft and we would all like to remain with XP - SP2 and Vista is a much slower system than XP.

syost16
syost16

I don't hate vista quite THAT much, but i wouldn't recommend it for anyone. you probably got very lucky because with the exception of one person i know, everyone else that has had so many problems with it that is barely usable and they were forced to void their warranties just so that they could wipe out the hard drive and install Windows XP. I do realize that XP and Linux, along with every other OS for that matter, has its problems, that is impossible to avoid, because in the end the code for these OS's are built by humans, and i don't believe any of us are perfect. But, on the other hand, most other OS's are at least completely functional, baring the occasional bug. Vista has so many compatibility issues and problems with it that not only it is hard to use most of the software that has been working in any given organization for possibly years, but you have to spend extra money to upgrade your computers just to make the stinking thing run, and THAT is why i hate Vista so much. Give me an OS that can actually be functional and doesn't throw thousands of dollars companies spend on software out the proverbial 50th story window and i'll support it. As a professional i keep and open mind and i don't just stick to one software/OS/hardware/etc. if it actually WORKS i will suggest people use it if it fits their needs.

tedeansiii
tedeansiii

Maybe it will fix some issues, I have a new laptop with Home Premium and overall its not that bad but i Still prefer XP Pro SP2, If i didnt have software already loaded i would wipe it and do a clean install. I heard that SP1 was just going to be a collection of all the previously released updates back in August of last year but that was only an unconfirmed rumor. I definately will be waiting for a few weeks after the SP1 is released to make sure theres not another fiasco like when SP2 was released for XP when it slowed everyones computers down!!

sabiodun
sabiodun

When is this going to be available for WSUS?

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

Sometime in April. But M$ has a very bad track record in this matter so they may find some reason to delay the release.

paulmah
paulmah

Will you be installing SP1 when it becomes available in March?

rpmhounddog
rpmhounddog

I'm still ticked about not being able to put my own XP Pro OS on my Vista machine. Vista is for the average computer owner, and lacks lots of readily available tools for the rest of us. Personally, I see Vista as just a money making tool for Bill's company. SP1? If it'll let me compute as fast as my XP machine, sure I'll grab it up!

john4moman
john4moman

Yepper I will be downloading and continue to teach Vista to all parties.

mich1fla2
mich1fla2

I will wait until mid April before installing SP1. I had to many device driver problems with the beta and many of the device drivers were not compatible with SP1.

regev99
regev99

i have installed to RC version of SP1 and it is "a dream comes true.."

bdavis
bdavis

I got access to the public beta of SP1. I installed it and immediately had problems, mostly with IE. When I removed it, it took my OS with it. It was so screwed up I had to reinstall the entire OS. I am staying away from SP1 for a while. I will live with Vista's quirks for now.

Thozamile.Javu
Thozamile.Javu

We've had so a couple of technical issues with the OS esp. with driver issues, hopefully the service pack will deliver as promised. Otherwise the OS is not that bad, it's new so it's bound to have some issues, hence the service packs.

rjl24
rjl24

Need I say more?

sfreymond
sfreymond

I will not be running Vista either.

stephena
stephena

Windows XP SP2 has been running like a champ for many years. We have approx. 5 Vista installations out of 290 in our org and those 5 users have had a number of issues. We will probably wait on the upgrade until we are forced to or upgrade 1 machine every few weeks so we are not flooded with tech support calls. The other issue is the learning curve for our business users. Many people are crying about the Office 2007 changes and we are getting flooded with stupid little support calls like "where is the format painter again?". I'm afraid upgrading to Vista will cause the same kind of support calls but we eventually will have no choice. All we can do is try to minimize the headache!

Rickster06
Rickster06

Yes, will be installing at some point in the near future but not before I watch and see what happens! Vista does have a number of issues, (almost looks like another version of "ME"). If this first SP does not correct the bulk of the problems, it is scrap the vista and stick with XP....Got that MS! BigDog

tx.palletmaster
tx.palletmaster

Who would have known? Microsoft now releases SP1 for an operating system from hell. I think I will pass of Vista SP1 on our machines and we will all remain with XP. Maybe in 3 or 4 years when we have run out of licenses for XP. Just too many pieces of equipment around here that doesn't play well with Vista.

rstoebe
rstoebe

The Beta of SP1 an it is more stable than plain Vista. There a few new touches like how the Beta changed RDP to Windows 2003 servers. You can eliminate all the noise. I also have found that some things are actually faster. That being said it is still slower than XP. I run Vista Enterprise with a VIrtual XP Pro with 2 gig ram. I would never run Vista with less than that amount of memory. I found a number of tools that I use that need my virtual XP.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000

It came installed on my New Computer & I'm way to lazy to remove it find the XP Drivers and install a part way decent M$ OS onto the new Computer. NA Not really I can still not give away a copy of Vista. Maybe it's the way that I attempt to sell it saying that [b]It's New It's Got to be Better.[/b] :^0 Sounds as if it's time to find the Copy that M$ sold me in December 06 and install it to another test machine again. But I'm not going to kill myself in the rush. However I have downloaded the RTM Copy tonight so when I have the time and have found all the things after the move I may think about it then but I very much doubt it. Col

stephane.v
stephane.v

I am looking forward for this release to fix issues I have with my current Vista install.

ted
ted

I am wondering when this is going to be available to the end user. One year later, and my bugs still exist! I am hoping to purchase another copy for my other computer... then I will test the SP1 version... hopefully, hopefully this will make my OOBE much better! HAHAHA

mill3502
mill3502

Already have the pre-release installed and running on a few test machines. Will be installing SP1 ASAP.

Ed Woychowsky
Ed Woychowsky

I once read a book on 16th century fencing (rapier) technique that describes the various styles of swordplay. One of the styles involves letting the opponent make the first move and then responding. The book goes on describing sword fights that started in the morning and had to end due to darkness. What my point, pardon the pun, is; this is one of those times where nobody wants to make the first move. I?ll wait for someone else to impale themselves on SP1 before I?ll even look at it.