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Microsoft sends Vista SP1 to manufacturing

updated 12:25 pm EST, Mon February 4, 2008

Windows Vista SP1 rollout

The first Service Pack for Windows Vista has been released to manufacturing, Microsoft has announced. English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese versions are said to be heading to assembly lines, mainly for enterprise customers, but also for OEMs who will be installing the updated version on new computers. SP1 will also be released via Windows Update, but this is not scheduled until mid-March as a manual download, and mid-April as an automatic one.

The reason for the delay is attributed to driver incompatibility, as a number of beta testers reported problems with drivers that did not follow Microsoft's installation guidelines; as a result, some devices would not function properly. Although the issues were fixed simply by reinstalling the drivers, Microsoft is waiting until the implicated hardware manufacturers develop new installers.

The release of SP1 may be critical for Microsoft, as many shoppers and vendors are resisting Vista due to a number of deficiencies. SP1 is said to address a large collection of them; among these is the speed of copying files, which in some cases should be as much as 50 percent faster. Systems should also emerge from sleep faster, and the OS is said to become speedier and more reliable as a whole. These changes suggest, however, that SP1 is mostly an accumulation of patches previously available in piecemeal fashion.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Vista: beta-ware

    I know that it's next to impossible to ship software that works perfectly, particularly something as complex as an operating system.

    But really... sounds like Vista was released a year too early, as late as it already was.

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    MacNN

    Really, MacNN, why do you insist on linking to this?

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    pot and kettle...

    [quote]But really... sounds like Vista was released a year too early, as late as it already was.[/quote]

    Yes, and Leopard was "perfect" when it was released in October with 10.5.1 in November and we're still waiting for 10.5.2 that will actually make it reliably useable!

  1. wings_rfs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Doesn't add up

    So, a major fault with Vista is that 3rd party drivers didn't follow their installation guidelines, which, to be fair, wouldn't be Vista's fault if that was indeed the case. But tell me, how can reinstalling the drivers cure the problem if the problem is with the driver? Reinstalling the driver would simply bring up the problem all over again. Doesn't add up.

  1. Athens

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    to Feathers

    Give me a break 10.5 is reiable and useable. None of the bugs in it have affect me in any major way, some are annoying but just that. Get off your high horse and drop back down to Reality. Vistas bugs are major major issues to it being usable.

  1. coldfusion1970

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re: pot and kettle...

    Well 10.5.1 work fine for me. I use it work and at home.

    Infact i now find it annoying when i have to use a machine running 10.4 instead of Leopard.

    I did a erase and install on both machines.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: doesn't add up

    But tell me, how can reinstalling the drivers cure the problem if the problem is with the driver? Reinstalling the driver would simply bring up the problem all over again. Doesn't add up.

    Updated drivers (or installers) could be the reason it works. It could also be that, during the install, Vista ignores where the installers says to install it, and installs it where it's supposed to go.

    Or the registration/driver information that is being entered is handled in the correct way by Vista, rather than how the installer is trying to do it.

  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    what?????

    Driver incompatibility? On Windows??? No way.

    Doofuses.

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