Windows VistaAlthough Microsoft still refuses to admit that it exists, the first Service Pack (SP1) for Windows Vista is definitely on its way. Currently in beta testing, SP1 will include fixes for many of the bugs discovered in the new OS since its launch last year.

So what can we expect from this new Service Pack? The most visible change will probably be the way the built-in desktop works if you install desktop search from another provider (like Google or Yahoo). Microsoft have had to correct this behaviour after complaints from competitors. Otherwise, SP1 will mainly consist of bug and security fixes, many of which have already been released. Also likely to be included is an update to the Vista kernel (the core of the OS) and changes to the Kernel Patch Protection element to allow anti-virus products to work more closely with Vista. More detailed info on the coming chages can be found at Paul Thurrott's excellent Windows SuperSite.

While no roadmap has been officially announced it looks likely that Vista Service Pack 1 will be released at the beginning of 2008. It's also expected that XP Service Pack 3 will be released at around the same time. In the meantime, we'll keep an eye on reports from beta testers for any more juicy morsels of information.


  • The retired one |
    The retired one

    I downloaded vista service pack#1 takes about 90 minutes on wi fi then almost as long to install but no real hassle, except i don't understand the following? Why is it that on my Sony viao laptop 17" bought from T.V. ad that when i updated the vista software to service pack #1 I got a warning that" if i continued to use the norton 360 service pack with anti virus with vista service pack #1 on that my computer wouldn't start and i may have new unresolved issues. Sony doesn't know anything about it. Help, thanks in advance. pmancino2001@yahoo.com

  • zobaida khatun |
    zobaida khatun

    can i install in my computer 1st time windows vista service pack 2.

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