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Installing Windows Vista SP1


I recently downloaded and installed Windows Vista SP1 RTM. This is not a quick install. The SP1 install took about an hour on an Intel Core 2 Quad Gateway desktop. It had three stages and rebooted several times. You can have the install reboot automatically or configure it for a manual reboot. Do yourself a favor and run the upgrade after work hours. The actual install is painless. I have attached the screen shots.

Figure A. Welcome Screen

One major thing I have noticed is that performance in copying files from one computer to another over a network has drastically increased. I have only been on SP1 24 hours. I will let you know more later. I really like Windows Vista. It is an enjoyable operating system to run.

Figure B. Licensing

Figure C. Configuring how your computer reboots

Figure D. Progress
27 comments
alxnsc
alxnsc

I liked most the screen asking me what should I know before installation .... after I bought it! Smart! Cool! Not lady like at all...

elnator
elnator

VISTA is awful. I waited on it and waited on it then my new system t hat I bought came with it... I considered insisting on XP but eventually decided 'what the heck' and allowed them to ship it with VISTA.... To my great and undying regret. Out of the box VISTA had issues. I first had to buy a new VISTA compatible Wireless-G USB NIC (I knew I would, no surprise here) because the one I had just bought last year isn't compatible with VISTA and there aren't ever going to be drivers for it as Netgear has since moved past that model. Then I found that even with a VISTA Certified NIC from Linksys VISTA has horrible lag problems on wireless due to the way that the WLAN service works in VISTA. In order to fix THAT problem I had to uninstall the VISTA drivers for my new NIC and install the XP drivers for it (Gee I shoulda just stuck with my old NIC) then I had to go download a 3rd party application that kills the WLAN polling that vista does every 30 seconds (which was causing horrible lag in networked applications). Once all that was done I was happy, then I found that I had no +20db boost for my microphone (anyone who is a heavy user of Internet Voice Chat applications knows what that is) and found out it's because Creatives VISTA drivers don't "create" a gui interface to turn +20db boost on in the control panel sound area for some reason. After doing some digging I found a registry hack to fix that as well. So now, after hacking around in my system on and off for a month after buying it, I'm happy again... Then... lo and behold!! Several network apps don't work because of VISTA's "security" features. No problem... kill the VISTA firewall (thanks Microsoft) and install a 3rd party app for that as well. So tell me again why the hell we "upgraded" from XP? Every 'security' feature in VISTA has only caused the 'average' user more headaches than they're worth. For CORPORATE users VISTA is ok... but for home users? Stick to XP... at least till MS yanks it off shelves this spring. (gotta love that one, wonder why they'd do that... oh only cuz VISTA isn't moving like they were hoping it would). And now, if anyone really cared to read this far: VISTA SP1 causes even MORE issues than it fixes for many apps. They even have a known list of apps it breaks, MOST of them security related apps. Thanks Microsoft! I'm stuck with this OS now... I just hope nobody else makes the same mistake. I sure hope your new OS that you plan to release in 2009 is better. VISTA is to XP as ME was to 98.... hopefully the next iteration of Microsoft's OS will be to Vista as XP was to ME.

orcsattheg8
orcsattheg8

elnator, Roll that bad-boy back to XP. pstacks

jakcap
jakcap

The only purpose for the release of Vista was to prematurely out date enterprise computer infrastructures existing software/hardware as possible in order to stimulate the industry. Along with Microsoft other manufacturers involved in the sham: Intel, Dell, HP, and just too many numerous hardware and software developers to list here! It is by design that Vista forces end users to upgrade their software/hardware!! Wake up fools!! Our only hope is that soon the MS will have to release code that will enable an open source mail client on a Linux box to use a .PST file and mimic the exact features as Outlook and the benefits of a Exchange Mail server that most shops so heavily rely on !!

FXEF
FXEF

Your so right jakcap.

jimger
jimger

The SP breaks numerous AV softwares. See the MS KB article. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/935796/en-us

jakcap
jakcap

I make alot of money removing Vista from my corporate clients computers....Worst OS and greatest MS Industry sham ever!

robtec88
robtec88

You obviously haven't met MS Windows ME! Now that was the worst OS Microsoft had ever released. However, ME was probably never (hopefully never) installed on corporate client machines.

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

and matches with my experience. "ME was not that bad, just that XP is so much better. Vista is not that bad, just not any better than XP." Though I do think XP is a better product in many ways, due to faster response time sin graphics applications (ie games, photoshop, etc) and lack of a DRM sublayer in constant effect using resources.

FXEF
FXEF

ME was not that bad, just that XP is so much better. Vista is not that bad, just not any better than XP. Hate to say this but Ubuntu Gusty is my choice OS.

inkkslinger
inkkslinger

I have to agree whole heartedly that ME was simply the worst M$ OS ever released. I will however, also add that I think vista is closing ranks pretty fast

FXEF
FXEF

If Vista SP 1 is like the other SP releases, I not looking for much change. This is just a lot of MS hype and patches that have been sent out as automatic updates. Oh well, faster file transfer maybe.

jpr75
jpr75

My SP1 install on Vista Ultimate 32 bit was a piece of cake. 30 minutes and 3 reboots and I was back at my login screen. Everything works and so far no after effects - except it did remove everything from my "All Users\Startup" folder. But that was easy enough to fix.

webas65
webas65

Have a Gatway laptop with OEM vista installed. Microsoft should never have built vista, note lack of caps.

s31064
s31064

I never met a Gateway PC i liked, let alone a laptop. Next time, spend a couple of extra bucks and buy a real machine. (OR spend a lot less and build your own. Either way, it's got to be better than a Gateway.)

mevanatta
mevanatta

I have seen Vista OEM on alot of dell laptops that we have deployed to our faculty. Works great.

bio
bio

I think MS has removed this from general availability after a number of problems. Please make a system backup prior to patching in case you need to roll-back.

Alfa11
Alfa11

Nice.. I've been waiting for it. Where it can be downloaded? Thanks!!

Steven Warren
Steven Warren

It is in RTM at the moment. GA is slated later.

Barry 441
Barry 441

So, how are these people getting it to install? Do they have some sort of "pre-release" or are they in some sort of test group?

korak
korak

Regarding the reboots...must you wait around to type in your login/password or does it (somehow) do that for you?

Steven Warren
Steven Warren

When it reboots, it doesnt log you in. It goes through a stating process, Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3 and when you finally get a prompt, it is done. Hope that helps.

Derek Schauland
Derek Schauland

of Vista (at least up to this point) I am curious to see just what the Service Pack brings to the table. I guess we will see. Will probably wait on my home system until it just shows up, and since we have no Vista at work there are no worries.

Zenith545
Zenith545

Take a look at how many of MS's security updates in the last year apply to Vista also. Vista is glorified XP code with a few new routines thrown in. So much for the "better" security. You can still remotely take over a Vista system just as easily as an XP one.

e_caroline
e_caroline

A mention or two in the online techno-press recently noted that Vista SP1 can result in perpetual reboots. I have not knowingly installed SP1 but experienced perpetual reboots after this month's MS updates. Upon manually Windows-Updating I find an "optional update" that is downplayed as being some minor tweak. After installing it the perpetual reboots went away. The basically dishonest culture at Microsoft gets old. Perpetual reboots are a major problem.. not some minor tweak. It is simply an issue of dishonesty to disclaim major faults as "no big deal".

Aakash Shah
Aakash Shah

e_caroline: I believe what you are referring to are the prerequisite patches that MS released that caused the perpetual reboots. Vista SP1 requires a few prerequisite patches to be installed and it is these patches, not SP1 itself that causes the perpetual reboots. However, from what I recall reading, MS pulled those patches soon after they were released.

Lorettathome
Lorettathome

I am new to PC upkeep, is this SP1 something I have to look for myself and should install, or is it something that eventually will be on in the auto update from windows? Thanks.

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