Windows Update spoof allows early download of Vista SP1

Ever since Vista was released, there has been discussion of when Microsoft would deliver SP1, and whether or not that delivery would be a significant milestone in the OS's development. Microsoft has downplayed the importance of Vista service packs for months, arguing that Vista is "high quality right out of the gate," but in the eyes of many businesses and consumers, the release of an operating system's first service pack is the point at which the product begins to shift from "early release" to "mature product."

Microsoft has released Vista's SP1 to a group of select beta testers, but a Windows Update spoof has been discovered that allows any user to unofficially "join" that group. CyberNet News reports (via Ghacks) that a simple registry change will display Windows Vista SP1 as an available update ready for download. Installation of the beta will place an "Evaluation" watermark on the screen, but Ghacks has information on removing this as well. We don't recommend doing this on your main system—the service pack is still in beta, after all—but it's potentially useful as an early preview tool for anyone who can load Vista on a secondary system or test rig.

News source: Ars.Technica

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yeah, i installed the three little updates that were needed and showed up, but i can't see sp1 now probably because i have a dutch vista.

In any case, wouldn't this be considered illegal? the same as downloading it from a torrent

honestly.. what can you break in vista when it deserves a treatment badly?
seriously, if i had vista installed atm (have my copy laying around and i'm looking forward to install it when its mature and gaming ready for me) id so install that beta, i mean... for me it couldnt get worse i guess haha

Glassed Silver:mac

considering this for my main machine, but i dont want problems when the full SP1 is released. think i will wait.

ooof!... How dare you! That's far too close to the truth! :nuts: I'm bored with Vista, and I'm not even running it!

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