Notable changes in Windows Vista SP1

Microsoft have made available a document outlining the various changes made to Windows Vista in Service Pack 1 on Microsoft Downloads. The 1.4 MB file is available both in xps and pdf format and also includes details on Windows Vista alignment to the recently released Windows Server 2008.

This document provides more detail about the notable changes made to Windows Vista in Service Pack 1, which were focused on addressing specific reliability, performance, and compatibility issues, supporting new types of hardware, and adding support for several emerging standards.

Download: Notable changes in Windows Vista SP1 | 1.4MB @ Microsoft Downloads

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(theyarecomingforyou said @ #4)
It still doesn't improve performance like it should (based upon the pre-releases). It's a real shame as feature wise Vista is a decent, if not revolutionary, operating system.

Also, the Vista start menu is still terrible. The search bar is great (really useful) but navigating All Programs is a nightmare.

Microsoft stated that the prerelease versions did not have all the fixes and updates that the final would have.

(DrCheese said @ #4.1)
I agree with your statement about the start menu. I really love the search thing but I'd also really love to have the old XP style "Other programs" thing back.

Use the classic start menu then.

That's not quite the same, classic is the ultra old one from Windows 95 and above. Plus that removes the search bar. I just want a mix of the new start menu that came with XP and the current Vista one.

One thing I wish they added to UAC is that if you allow an application once, it should be allowed forever. But it should log the hash of the file, so if the file has changed, you will be UAC'd again for it. This would solve the whole UAC problem I believe.

(balupton said @ #5)
One thing I wish they added to UAC is that if you allow an application once, it should be allowed forever. But it should log the hash of the file, so if the file has changed, you will be UAC'd again for it. This would solve the whole UAC problem I believe.

The linked document did llist a couple of uac changes so lets hope the final sp1 fixes uac.

To balupton: I don't think that would be such a great idea. What if I don't want to always allow it? That means they would have to add a check box to make the "always allow" feature optional, thus introducing further complexity.

Its good to see that they have stopped the two exploits for activating windows. how long will it take for another workaround, only a matter of time. will they ever make a completely unpirated version of windows; i think not! but the best of luck to them.

I caught that also......
I'm sure the hacker community will be having fun trying to find a way around it.
I look at it like this....the harder it is, the less time they will be (if they do) releasing
trojans and other nonsense across the net.


unfortunately they havent. there's another new version that worked fine up until the latest rc. so unless they've sneaked in a fix at the end.....

there's some new bios exploits that are working fine with SP1 RTM.... looks like they didn't fix it properly

(naap51stang said @ #6.1)
I caught that also......
I'm sure the hacker community will be having fun trying to find a way around it.
I look at it like this....the harder it is, the less time they will be (if they do) releasing
trojans and other nonsense across the net.

Ummm... yah, they're the same people.

world of warcraft? or original warcraft?
i know WoW has been working great since they fixed the patches :)
warcraft 1 and 2? good luck those are dos based games
warcraft 3 might work

Yea I was ABOUT to post this. It's a HUGE typo in the document. Really hurts the sense of professionalism. Let's just hope the guy who typed up the header to the document wasn't one of the people who was coding the OS!

But yea, they got other less severe typos as well. I hate how the don't capitalize Internet.

(Turbonium said @ #8.1)
Yea I was ABOUT to post this. It's a HUGE typo in the document. Really hurts the sense of professionalism. Let's just hope the guy who typed up the header to the document wasn't one of the people who was coding the OS!

But yea, they got other less severe typos as well. I hate how the don't capitalize Internet.

Really hurts professionalism? Who really cares? Someone put a 7 instead of 8! It doesn't even matter.

(Sumeet said @ #8.2)

Really hurts professionalism? Who really cares? Someone put a 7 instead of 8! It doesn't even matter.


Actually, it really does, especially when it's a date header. Anyone who reads that line and is actually paying attention will notice the typo.

(kezzzs said @ #8.3)
1 character is not a huge typo imho.

Any typo in a document from a huge company like MS is a huge typo. This isn't your public school newsletter.

(Kirkburn said @ #8.5)
Both are written by humans, however.

Well yea, but Windows itself is also written by humans when you get right down to it. It's all about representing the company.

No, the typos aren't a big deal in terms of practicality, but it does bother me since I'm a bit of an idealist. You'd just expect better proofreading and management in a company like MS.

Allows users and administrators to control which volumes the disk defragmenter runs on.

That will be much appreciated! It already exists in Server 2008. Of course, you should never end a sentence with a preposition...

The rules of the English language are not really as strict as teachers like to teach (absolutes are easier to teach, so I can understand it). For one, there is no central administrative body to define the language

Microsoft just does not get it...

They should have changed a default wallpaper, changed desktop icon, added a few screensavers and called this "Vista 1.1" and charged $$ for it. That's what a certain other company would do, no?

(and before someone tells me I have no idea what I am talking about, let me say that I do have a MacBook Pro at home)

/endsarcasm

Pretty cool though. Seems like my systems run much better with SP1 generally speaking, even on old hardware.

Running Vista Ultimate 32 and dual-booting Vista Business 64.
Version 6.0.6001 since release to MSDN a while back.

I still have (and always had) virtually no problems running any prog I have a mind to. An extremely small number of legacy apps have to run in compatibility mode. I am doing plenty of graphics-intensive work and gaming with dual widescreen monitors at high-res.

I am seeing a noticeable lack of lags in things that tended to before updating.
Browsing the network is faster - copying and moving files and folders is WAY faster.
BitLocker now works on drives OTHER than the boot drive.

There are other, more esoteric improvements but those are the biggies for me as it just flat works.

Bear in mind, I built my PC to run it last year - I did not expect my old P-III based machine to handle it.

It, however runs PCLinuxOS very nicely :P

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