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Microsoft: Vista SP1 due next year


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After months of silence, Microsoft finally coughed up details on Tuesday about its plans for the first update to Windows Vista, saying the service pack will arrive in the first quarter of next year.

In the next few weeks, Microsoft will start private testing of a beta of Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Vista as well as a third service pack for Windows XP. The company plans initially to release the beta only to 10,000 pre-selected testers, though it may expand that release later. A small group of testers are already working with a "beta preview" version.

As for what's in the Vista update, it's mostly a collection of existing fixes and tweaks aimed at improving the stability and reliability of the operating system, which went on sale to consumers in January.

"It is not a delivery vehicle for lots of features," said Shanen Boettcher, a general manager in the Windows unit.

There are a few minor enhancements, most notably the ability to encrypt multiple hard-drive partitions using Vista's BitLocker feature.

"Lots of folks gave feedback that 'We have an OS partition and a data partition and we'd like to encrypt both'," Boettcher said.

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Details of what the service pack should include are here

http://windowsvistab...whitepaper.aspx

The standalone package will be large (1 GB for x86).

Installing the service pack will require a large amount of free disk space (7 GB for x86 and 12 GB for x64). However, most of this space will be reclaimed after installation.
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Yeah I was reading about this last night, was surprised to hear about the 1GB size.
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Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta (v.249) Notes and Screenshot Gallery

http://www.winsupers...249_screens.asp
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Overview of Windows Vista desktop search Changes in Windows Vista Service Pack 1

http://support.micro...om/?kbid=941946
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SP1 released to private testers

We also released today five reliability packages via connect.microsoft.com for testing by selected members of the community. These packages consist of numerous improvements to Windows Vista based on user feedback, and while they will also ultimately be part of SP1, we're working to make them available before the final version of SP1 is released so that your Windows Vista experience is the best we can make it. But for now, they're still undergoing testing and will come your way once they're ready for prime time.

http://windowsvistab...able-today.aspx
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