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Vista SP 1: Pushed Back?

Friday, February 29th, 2008 by | Filed Under: Uncategorized
 
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Q:
I just heard that the release of the Vista SP 1 has been pushed back even further. Do you know anything about that? What’s going on? Please explain!

A:
Ah, yes, the infamous Windows Vista SP 1 question! It’s no surprise that you asked this question, because it’s been one of the most popular for the past couple of days. And since so many of you want to know about this particular topic, I won’t waste any more time with introductions. There’s no use sugar coating it either, so let’s just jump right in and see what’s going on. Here we go!

Well, as most of you probably already know, last week (around February 20, 2008), Microsoft had to make some changes to the final release of the Vista SP 1. Because of certain issues, they were forced to remove a component from the software that was actually a prerequisite to installing the Service Pack in the first place. So, as you can imagine, without that piece of the puzzle, the SP 1 is not going to be worth much to Vista users at all.

Now, while all of that is bad news, Microsoft had very good reasons for doing what they did. Basically, they received several reports that the file was causing computers to crash or even enter a cycle of continuous boots and reboots. Therefore, they put the file on hold so that they could look into the problem a little more and find out what’s really causing the bug. All in all, if Microsoft would have gone ahead with the release, all of you Vista users out there would have had to deal with system crashes and endless reboots on a daily basis. I don’t know about you, but I’m glad they made the decision they did!

Windows Vista program manager Nick White said the bug only “affects a small number of customers in unique situations,” but they didn’t want to take that chance. Some users have already installed the update as a test run and they have been complaining about the problem for weeks now. One user said their computer just keeps rebooting and rebooting, while another said the update destroyed any access they had to their computer. If you ask me, those are some pretty serious issues!

So, as a result of all this, the Windows Vista SP 1 won’t be available as a manual download until at least the middle of March 2008. As of right now, it’s supposed to come through with the monthly Windows Updates, but you will be able to download it right from Microsoft’s Web site as well. While this news is disappointing, I promise the SP 1 will be worth it. It’s coming packed with more than 300 hot fixes for the Vista operating system, which was released a little more than a year ago. So, even though you have to wait a little longer for the release to get here, it will be well worth your wait. I’ll continue to keep you posted on any other changes that may occur in the next few weeks as well, so stay tuned!

~ Erin

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