eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta

 
 
By eWEEK Labs  |  Posted 2007-10-04
 
 
 

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta

The service pack we tested tipped the scales at 687MB and required a generous 7GB of free space (or 12GB for the x64 version) on the Vista machine to be patched.

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta - Prerelease EULA

No Windows setup process would be complete without a EULA to accept.

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta - Prerelease EULA

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta - Take Your Coffee Break

We installed the Vista SP1 on a couple different machines. Each time, the process took the better part of an hour to complete.

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta - Take Your Coffee Break

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta - Service Pack 1

Following the installation, we visited Vistas system information dialog to confirm that SP1 was in the house.

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta - Service Pack 1

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta - Vista 6001

The bottom-right-corner build label that the SP1 beta added to our test system evoked wistful remembrance of Longhorn/Vistas multiyear beta testing term.

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta - Vista 6001

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta - Choose Your Volume

One of SP1s few feature extensions is the option for selecting which disks to defragment.

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta - Choose Your Volume

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta - Faster File Copying

Vista SP1 aims to address the file copy lags that have irked some of Vistas early adopters.

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta - Faster File Copying

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta - Earlier to Bed, Earlier to Rise

Microsoft claims that SP1 will boost the reliability and performance of hibernation and sleep operations.

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta - Earlier to Bed, Earlier to Rise

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