Vista SP1 Beta 1 Released July 16th?


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It?s official: We are now in the under-promise and over-deliver era at Microsoft.

Just when Microsoft had customers, partners and competitors all believing that it was going to delay the first service pack for Vista ? not releasing a first beta of it until just before year-end ? the company is set to deliver Beta 1 of Vista SP1 in mid-July.

Word (from various sources who asked not to be named) is Microsoft is gearing up to drop Vista SP1 some time the week of July 16. And despite what Microsoft seemingly led Google, the U.S. Department of Justice and other company watchers to believe, the final version of Vista SP1 is sounding like November 2007.

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Well, I havent really seen any news reported by Mary Jo Foley that hasnt been true.

Good point.

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Well, I havent really seen any news reported by Mary Jo Foley that hasnt been true.

You have a point, she has extremely reliable sources.

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A beta of a service pack? How does that work? I thought a service pack was just all the most recent Windows updates installed all at once...

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A beta of a service pack? How does that work? I thought a service pack was just all the most recent Windows updates installed all at once...

Well if you look at XP SP2 there was also several new features.

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A beta of a service pack? How does that work? I thought a service pack was just all the most recent Windows updates installed all at once...

Yeah, SP2 for XP had several new featues. Namely the whole "Security Center" thing. Service Packs can, and often do include more than simply hotfixes.

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Is it wrong of me to still hold out for the reimplementation of the freakin' HAL for DirectSound acceleration? That's really the only thing that'd get me to go back to Vista. The current audio layer is a nightmare.

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A beta of a service pack? How does that work? I thought a service pack was just all the most recent Windows updates installed all at once...

Well in the case of SP2 for XP there were several new features. But yes traditionally SP's are just a pack of the released updates since the last release. But, SP1 of Vista is supposed to include several new features including updating the kernal to bring it up to date with the kernal that will be released when Windows Server 2008 RTMs and that will definitely needs to be tested on a large scale.

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Hmm interesting.

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Not that i've experienced any (major) bugs... glad to know it's gonne be in beta and released this year (probably)

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after SP1 comes out i will re-evaluate vista and decide if its worth the cost ... for that to happen A LOT has to be fixed/changed for me to even consider it.

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I think Vista is already fine (with all updates up to now), so I look forward to see SP1 if it will improve it even more further

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Just read about this at bink.nu,

Vista is already pretty good :), so I am not really looking forward to the update.

But I will install it anyways when its released! ;)

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Well in the case of SP2 for XP there were several new features. But yes traditionally SP's are just a pack of the released updates since the last release. But, SP1 of Vista is supposed to include several new features including updating the kernal to bring it up to date with the kernal that will be released when Windows Server 2008 RTMs and that will definitely needs to be tested on a large scale.

will this increase the speed of the OS and other things to make stuff more faster?

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As of the June CTP of Server 2008, the build number for SP1 was ver 222. So yes work on SP1 has been continuing at a steady pace.

As far as Beta testing a Service Pack, yes all Service Packs have a Beta program. A Roll Up and a Service Pack are not the same thing. There are a 100+ Hotfixes for Vista that have not been released to Update due to not being regression tested or tested with each other. That is what the Beta is for.

As far as a Kernel Update, Server 2008 is still at NT 6.0 same as Vista.

By the way, the latest Service Pack Beta was for Server 2003/XP 64.

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Oh! I forgot that IIS 7 will be updated too. I have been using it since Vista was released. will be great to use the improved version now in Server 2008 betas.

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will this increase the speed of the OS and other things to make stuff more faster?

It might improve the speed with the new Kernel..

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