Windows Vista SP1 RTMs, with a Catch

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2008-02-04 Print this article Print

Issues still exist with a small set of drivers, which need to be reinstalled after SP1 is loaded onto a machine.

Microsoft released the final code for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 to manufacturing Feb. 4, and the final product will be made available to its volume licensing customers in March.  

But if users want to install it, there is a catch: there are still issues with a small set of drivers, which need to be reinstalled once SP1 is loaded onto their machine.

So, while SP1 will be available via Windows Update from mid-March, if the update system determines that the machine has one of the drivers Microsoft knows to be problematic, then Windows Update will not offer SP1.   

"But, as some customers may want to update to SP1 anyhow, the download center will allow anyone who wants to install SP1 to do so from mid-March," Mike Nash, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Windows product management, said in a post to the Vista team blog.  

Those customers who have opted to have their updates delivered automatically will get SP1 that way starting in mid-April. But, again, 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 then allow SP1 to be installed," Nash said.  

The RTM of Vista comes on the same day as Microsoft released Windows Server 2008 to manufacturing, and volume licensing customers with Software Assurance coverage or an Enterprise Agreement will be able to download the server software toward the end of February as part of the joint Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 "Heroes Happen Here" launch event.  

Vista SP1, which will initially be released in five languages-English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese-addresses many of the key issues that users have identified over the past year.  

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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