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Windows Vista SP1

As well as the recent release (RTM) for the Windows Server 2008 product, the new Service Pack 1 for Windows VIsta has been released.

Hi, Mike Nash here from the Windows Product Management group at Microsoft. 

Today we are excited to announce that we have released Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista to manufacturing (RTM) for our first set of languages (English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese).

Windows Vista Team Blog : Announcing The RTM of Windows Vista SP1

There are a number of “info-PDFs” available :

Here’s an excerpt from these documents :

The updates in SP1 fall into three categories, which the following sections describe in more detail:

  • Quality improvements, including all previously released updates, which address reliability, security, and performance
  • Support for emerging hardware and standards, such as an Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) and flash-based devices formatted using the Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) file format
  • Improvements that help businesses better optimize their IT infrastructures

The following sections describe a sample of changes.

For a comprehensive list of changes, see the Windows Vista SP1 section of Microsoft® TechNet at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsvista/bb738089.aspx.

I’ve been running Windows Vista for close to a year now, and will re-format / re-install to clear out some junk I’ve accumulated – and try out Windows VIsta x64 too (and use my 4 GB of RAM – not just 3.5 GB).

With SP1, Windows Vista will report the amount of system memory installed rather than report the amount of system memory available to the OS.

Therefore 32-bit systems equipped with 4GB of RAM will report all 4GB in many places throughout the OS, such as the System Control Panel.

But – does that mean it can USE all 4 GB – or just show (report) what’s physically been installed – ie. hardware ??

Will hopefully have all drivers for my hardware available as 64-bit.   Better check first !    🙂     And – should work nice with any of those new Blu-ray and HD-DVD drives out there.

Windows Vista SP1 will be available via Windows Update (automatic updates) in a few weeks – or, can download the stand-alone SP1 package here (Microsoft Download Center) – just be aware it’s 450 MB !!

Will only be about 65 MB when applied via Windows Update – hope that doesn’t clog up the internet – with all WIndows Vista PC’s grabbing 65 MB !  

And – be careful if you only have a low quota (plan) from your ISP.  My parents get by on a 200 MB plan – so that’s almost 1/3 of their month’s allowance.

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