Posted on February 5, 2008, Chris Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Released to Manufacturing
The long awaited Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista has gone RTM, meaning it has been released to manufacturing and will soon be in your hands. Vista bashing has been a mainstay on the Internet over the past year, and SP1 is looking to address many of those issues.
Performance and reliability will both be addressed, hopefully for the better; copying and moving files on your computer or network should be faster, and the same can be said for resuming your computer from sleep. The post on the Vista team blog doesn’t go into great detail on the changes, but the more important thing here is the release date – due to there being some driver issues with SP1 (Vista driver issues? No way!), the rollout will take place over the course of a few months.
Here’s the timing for SP1 availability for current Windows Vista users:
- In mid-March, we will release Windows Vista SP1 to Windows Update (in English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese) and to the download center on microsoft.com. Customers who visit Windows Update can choose to install Service Pack 1. If Windows Update determines that the system has one of the drivers we know to be problematic, then Windows Update will not offer SP1. Since we know that some customers may want to update to SP1 anyhow, the download center will allow anyone who wants to install SP1 to do so.
- In mid-April, we will begin delivering Windows Vista SP1 to Windows Vista customers who have chosen to have updates downloaded automatically. That said, any system that Windows Update determines has a driver known to not update successfully will not get SP1 automatically. As updates for these drivers become available, they will be installed automatically by Windows Update, which will unblock these systems from getting Service Pack 1. The result is that more and more systems will automatically get SP1, but only when we are confident they will have a good experience.
- The remaining languages will RTM in April.
I’ve been lucky in that my Vista computer has had virtually no issues at all, but I’ll gladly download SP1 as soon as it’s available.