Vista SP1 Goes Live
Microsoft today announced the availability of Windows Vista SP1 via Windows
Update. The company has also posted the upgrade to its download site here
"Today, you can now download Windows Vista SP1 via Windows Update,"
Microsoft Product Manager Nick White wrote
on the company's Vista blog Tuesday morning. "For those of you eager to
receive the benefits of Windows Vista SP1 -- you can now do so!"
The release was not unexpected; text on Amazon.com discovered this weekend
the download would be available March 18, with the retail product being released
March 19, although the mention of the download has since been removed from the
Microsoft has released Vista SP1 for five languages: English, Spanish, German,
French and Japanese. Updates for other languages are expected to start rolling
out in April.
SP1 releases are typical milestones for Microsoft products as many IT shops
wait until the first update before deploying. Vista's update comes a little
more than a year after its initial
According to Microsoft, the SP1 update is designed to improve Vista's reliability
and application compatibility, among other
In his post, White also commented on the driver issue that initially
delayed the early release of SP1 to IT professionals.
our analysis and are happy to report that many of these issues were fixed between
the release candidate (RC) and the final version," he wrote. "We identified
a small number of device drivers that may be problematic after an update from
Windows Vista to Windows Vista SP1."
A list of drivers that may still cause problems with the upgrade is available
(scroll down). White also recommends reading Knowledge
Base article 948187 before installing the upgrade.
For now, Vista SP1 is an optional download; it will become a forced upgrade
starting in "mid-April" on any computers that have Windows Update
set to automatic download.