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Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) has been released to manufacturing. Although the primary purpose of SP1 is to provide improvements to Vista there are some new features including:
Windows Vista has become the fastest selling operating system in history with over 100 million licenses. For more information, see Windows Vista SP1 on TechNet.
I wanted to follow up on the availablity of ISVs to get SP1 to test.
Early March: SP1 bits will be made available to TechNet and Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) subscribers.
Mid-March: Microsoft releases SP1 to Windows Update in five languages (English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese) and to the download center on microsoft.com. “If Windows Update determines that the system has one of the drivers we know to be problematic, then Windows Update will not offer SP1,” Nash explained. “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.”
Mid-April: Microsoft begins delivering Vista SP1 via Automatic Update. “That said, any system that Windows Update determines has a driver known to not update successfully will not get SP1 automatically,” Nash explained. “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.” (And remember, there is a Vista SP blocking tool available for users who don’t want SP1 to install automatically.)
April: SP1 will RTM for the remaining languages.