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Windows Vista SP1 to Ship This Week

Thursday, March 20, 2008

At that time Amazon was taking pre-orders for Windows Vista with SP1 included, and the announced availability date, as you can see, was - and still is - March 19th (above, click to enlarge).

So unless something drastic happens (and at this point, it won't) the retail version, which will be supposedly free of the "driver issues" Microsoft spoke of when it first released SP1 to manufacturing (RTM), will ship on Wednesday.

At the same time, reports are that the update will appear via Windows Update starting Tuesday.

The driver issues Microsoft warned about mean that some users with Vista already installed won't see the update via Windows Update until the drivers on their systems are updated - also via Windows Update. Installation of SP1 without updating certain drivers would cause - according to Microsoft - severe problems.

It hasn't been a smooth process since Vista SP1 RTM, with prerequisite patches causing endless reboots, accidental releases of SP1 (the 64-bit version, anyway), and information about several apps that are broken by SP1.

My advice: if you're installing from scratch, you're probably safe. If you're updating a system, either back up it completely with a disk imaging utility - or wait a few days to see what the fallout is over the update.

This big an update I wouldn't be an early adopter of, without precautions.


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