Microsoft (finally) sends Vista SP1 to manufacturers

Mike Nash recently announced on the official Windows Vista blog that they have already shipped Windows Vista SP1 to the manufacturers. Meaning that in the next two months you will be able to get your hands on it through one of various means.

Windows Vista has had a very bumpy road. From it’s promising beginnings to it’s rushed release it’s been crowded with problems and claims of instability and incompatibility with many devices. Even so, the team managed to pull together and addressed the strongest issues in an acceptable amount of time.

One of the biggest concerns consumers have regarding Vista is the incredibly high amount of resources it consumes. Microsoft claims it’s their fastest Windows. But it also requires quite the machinery in order to run properly. Unfortunately, those of you waiting for big performance boosts with SP1 will be disappointed.

Service Pack 1 gives the OS a large boost in terms of compatibility and stability, but speed was not one of their main concerns, except in File Copying tasks, which received a boost of 44 to 71 percent according to Paul Thurott.

When will it be released?

  • 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.

Let’s hope this silences many of the criticizing voices, but, more importantly, makes Windows Vista more viable than Windows XP.

[Via Windows Vista blog]

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