Vista SP1 Release Candidate expected next week

Microsoft is looking to release the Release Candidate (RC) test build of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 to selected testers the week of December 1, according to sources close to the company.

Microsoft's plan is to expand the SP1 RC test to the general public by making the build available to any interested parties in the second week of December, sources said. Microsoft is currently testing the escrow of the SP1 RC build internally. The build being tested internally is build number 17051, sources said.

Microsoft has said it is planning to deliver the final SP1 code in the first quarter of 2008. Microsoft made a preview build of the Vista SP1 RC available to 15,000 pre-selected testers on November 14.

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i will try it as i always tried servipacks in beta sateges before on other windows versions besides vista.
just remember people that this are beta releases on not final versions of code.

my two cents.

ps: i'm seing all the bashing when they publish RC1...

I have absolutely zero problems with the RC Preview build of SP1, but then again I didn't have many issues with RTM to begin with.

- Everything feels a lot snappier
- It fixed a BSDO that I used to have all the time with 4gb (even with specific hotfixes made just for that)
- Boot time is greatly decreased (one of the reasons was that my SWAP file is on a separate HD, in RTM it'd take a while for the HD to start working) now it's instant.
- Less HD thrashing: for some reason even after 1 year of use at night I couldn't sleep with my PC on because my 3 hard drives were constantly spinning like crazy, after installing SP1 I can finally leave it on
- Network Transfers and copying files from different volumes and partitions are much faster (even faster than when using those Performance and Reliability updates that they released a while ago)
- Various other little kinks have been worked out

Don't emphasize those ridiculous benchmarks comparing pre-sp1 and post sp-1 and some even comparing XP SP3. PFFFFFF! It didn't take me some bar graphs posted on "OMFG Vista sux" websites to feel a real-world (and not synthetic) difference

I have been running the Preview RC1, and so far, I can tell huge improvements across the board with Vista...looking forward to when it goes RTM!

grunger106 said,
Step back in time and that comment would read....
Nobody cares about XP most businesses are still using 2000 Pro.

grunger106, don't bother replying to such posts, just read and move on, they will never LISTEN.

In addition to that, did they get rid of all the XP SP2-era security dialogs? (i.e. you get a "Do you want to run this file?" security warning, followed by a UAC dialog)

I'm guessing not, Microsoft is usually pretty reluctant to admit that they ****ed up and to change how things work. I recommend just supressing the damn prompts using TweakUAC. This way you can keep things like protected mode IE but without the annoying UAC prompts.

The Crysis speed improvement sounds good, do you mean this is improvements over the "performance pack" MS released? I'm pretty reluctant to try Microsoft beta software, considering how "in progress" their "final" versions generally are. Those who have, is installing for example the RC1 and then installing the final version over it painless or does it cause some random problems? Are SP1 builds even available as anything but full ISOs of the OS?

LaXu said,
I'm guessing not, Microsoft is usually pretty reluctant to admit that they ****ed up and to change how things work. I recommend just supressing the damn prompts using TweakUAC. This way you can keep things like protected mode IE but without the annoying UAC prompts.

Actually, MS did admit failings over UAC and the number of prompts, but couldn't cut them down due to how it was architectured. They will be dealing with it, but it will require a lot of work, more than for an early Service Pack.

LaXu said,
I'm guessing not, Microsoft is usually pretty reluctant to admit that they ****ed up and to change how things work. I recommend just supressing the damn prompts using TweakUAC. This way you can keep things like protected mode IE but without the annoying UAC prompts.

The Crysis speed improvement sounds good, do you mean this is improvements over the "performance pack" MS released? I'm pretty reluctant to try Microsoft beta software, considering how "in progress" their "final" versions generally are. Those who have, is installing for example the RC1 and then installing the final version over it painless or does it cause some random problems? Are SP1 builds even available as anything but full ISOs of the OS?

The whole reason I do install beta builds like that, is because of the problems its gonna most likely cause later, but I'll be looking forward to it when it comes out as a final.

Kirkburn said,

Actually, MS did admit failings over UAC and the number of prompts, but couldn't cut them down due to how it was architectured. They will be dealing with it, but it will require a lot of work, more than for an early Service Pack.

If you keep getting too many prompts it's because you are probably working on the wrong folder. anyway, if you set the ownership of the folder to your account, you won't get prompted anymore...

I have the RC1 build installed, it is very nice. Things are pretty speedy. Cyrsis runs alot faster than before. Im talking like 10 -15 fps faster. I have an 8800 GTS.

Why does it have to be "pretty beefy".

Most people have no problems with vista.

The ones that do are, are because of crappy drivers or applications they haven't updated.. not the fault of MS.

And the others saying it sucks or has problems, have never even tried it.. but like to be part of some group.

phiberoptik said,
The ones that do are, are because of crappy drivers or applications they haven't updated.. not the fault of MS.

And the others saying it sucks or has problems, have never even tried it.. but like to be part of some group.


Interesting -- you seem to have covered all bases in that reply. So you're essentially saying that there are no problems with Vista? Boy, do MS have their priorities wrong, in that case.

Jugalator said,

Interesting -- you seem to have covered all bases in that reply. So you're essentially saying that there are no problems with Vista? Boy, do MS have their priorities wrong, in that case.

+1

+2

And I tried the latest SP1 build and it was pure ****. Control Panel disappeared, programs stopped working, etc etc. Fortunately I could go back to a restore point, but it still left a couple of things wonky and needed a couple of reinstalls of updates, etc to get it back to the way it was before. Eeesh.

phiberoptik said,
Why does it have to be "pretty beefy".

Most people have no problems with vista.

The ones that do are, are because of crappy drivers or applications they haven't updated.. not the fault of MS.

And the others saying it sucks or has problems, have never even tried it.. but like to be part of some group.

The people that deny problems on Vista are just as bad as those who exaggerate problems on Vista.

Is Vista a disaster? No.

Does it have problems that should never have been problems if released right? Yes.

Just my two cents.

excalpius said,
+2

And I tried the latest SP1 build and it was pure ****. Control Panel disappeared, programs stopped working, etc etc. Fortunately I could go back to a restore point, but it still left a couple of things wonky and needed a couple of reinstalls of updates, etc to get it back to the way it was before. Eeesh.

you installed SP1 on your main.. well you got what you deserved