Vista Service Pack Beta 1 Coming Next Week?

For all those who have been eagerly waiting for Vista Service Pack, it seems like you’ll be able to catch the first beta of Vista SP1 as early as next week, with an official release date set for November this year. According to unnamed reports from Mary Jo Foley, Vista SP1 is going to be more about fixes than new features.

Service Pack 1 is expected to amend Vista’s desktop search feature to compensate for Google’s search integration battle which Microsoft lost, this means several of Vista’s built-in desktop search components can be replaced with third-party desktop search application such as Google Desktop Search. Here’s what you can expect to see in Vista SP1:

  1. Performance tweaks lessening the amount of time it takes to copy files and shut down Vista machines
  2. Improved transfer performance and decreased CPU utilization via support for SD Advanced Direct Memory Access (DMA)
  3. Support for ExFat, the Windows file format for flash memory storage and other consumer devices
  4. Improvements to BitLocker Drive Encryption to allow not just encryption of the whole Vista volume, but also locally created data volumes
  5. The ability to boot Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) on an x64 machine
  6. Improved success rate for firewalled MeetingSpace and Remote Assistance connections

I’m pretty excited about Vista SP1 because so far, Vista has failed to live upto my expectations. If all goes as expected, Microsoft will just have 4 months to weed out all bugs from Service Pack 1, which comes just 10 months after the initial release of Vista.

This post was published by on July 10, 2007

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  • Nirmal

    Initially Microsoft claimed that Vista wont require SPs. But now even Vista is going to have SP. :D

  • Luke

    You posted about Cory Holt’s WordPress K2 Scheme “Miniature”, but the link is dead and I can’t find anywhere to download it on the net. Do you have the file?

  • Vikram

    So finally vista is also getting service pack’s.

  • Thilak

    Sorry Luke, I don’t have a copy of that theme, but you can try searching the WordPress Theme Library

  • Thilak

    Nirmal: Microsoft is just trying to apply Apple-like secrecy here. We all knew that this was coming!

  • TechZilo

    Hm…..I was waiting for Vista’s SP so that I can buy Vista then…..Hope the SP is good enough.

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  • Ashok

    As usual, all Microsoft products initially come with some drawbacks and bugs.

  • Thilak

    Ashok: Yeah, that’s the whole idea behind having a pre-release beta. They expect curious users like us to find bugs, so that they can solve it :D

  • cyberst0rm

    Installed Vista in dual-boot mode a few months ago. Haven’t used it much though. Still using trusty XP. The SP will make my mind up to finally ditch XP and use Vista full time!

  • http://none Edward

    Instead of waiting for Vista’s SP1 just install your favorite distro of Linux and be happy, free of bugs, viruses and malware….. It costs you nothing.

  • Thilak

    Edward: True, I simply dual boot Ubuntu and Vista. I need both as I need to test things a lot.

  • Ryan Wagner

    You’re right about Microsoft trying to do the Apple-like secrecy. They have surely noticed that Apple never gets criticized for delays because announcements don’t come from Apple until the products are almost ready. Just look at the iPhone…they didn’t announce it until January at which time they had most of it complete. Microsoft tries to announce new releases of Windows several years out, and when it takes longer than expected they really get nailed.

  • Uzair

    Now what do they want us to do, get another f******* update to waste bandwidth.

  • Thilak

    Nirmal: Microsoft is just trying to apply Apple-like secrecy here. We all knew that this was coming!