jordan.terrell
Just trying to make sense of things...

What Were They Thinking - Follow Up

Monday, 11 February 2008 09:44 by jordan.terrell

Well, I just checked and as far as I can tell we still can't download Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1).  This just baffles me to no end.  I'm also surprised that I don't see more community pressure to get this released now.  Most of the feedback I've seen has come in the form of comments on the main blog post that announced the RTM status of the service pack.

I want to quickly revisit the whole driver incompatibility issue with Vista SP1.  If indeed the service pack is now complete (Released to Manufacturing), it would make sense that Microsoft could not change anything within it without publishing a revision, for example "SP1a".  So what is the difference between releasing SP1 now, versus releasing it in a month and a half?  It should still be the same bits, correct?  Only the drivers that have issues need to be changed, and again, those only affect a small subset of the Vista community.

I'm eager to receive the service pack for two reasons - 1) I'm working on a project which deals with installing a kiosk-mode application of a XP or Vista system.  We are just now adding support for Vista, and are targeting a release in the next few months.  It makes no sense to go through intensive testing on pre-SP1 Vista, when ultimately we will have to move to Vista SP1. 2) I purchased two copies of Vista Ultimate - one for my desktop and one for my laptop.  I've had a few challenges with the Vista that I'm hoping will work itself out with the service pack.  I've only upgraded my laptop to Vista, and my desktop is in desperate need of a fresh install.  I want to start that fresh install WITH Vista SP1.

From the looks of it though, that won't be happening any time soon.  Maybe you can write a blog post on this - let us and Microsoft know why they should release this now!

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