No Final Windows Vista (SP) 1 bits for users until mid-March

Customers who’ve been waiting for Microsoft to release the final Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 bits are going to have to wait another month or two to actually get their hands on them — at least through legal channels.In a posting to the Windows Vista team blog, Corporate Vice President of Windows Product Management Mike […]

Customers who’ve been waiting for Microsoft to release the final Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 bits are going to have to wait another month or two to actually get their hands on them — at least through legal channels.

In a posting to the Windows Vista team blog, Corporate Vice President of Windows Product Management Mike Nash explained how and when users can get the Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 bits. Microsoft released Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 to manufacturing on February 4.

According to Nash, the schedule looks like this:

Mid-March: Microsoft releases SP1 to Windows Update in five languages (English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese) and to the download center on microsoft.com. “If Windows Update determines that the system has one of the drivers we know to be problematic, then Windows Update will not offer SP1,” Nash explained. “Since we know that some customers may want to update to SP1 anyhow, the download center will allow anyone who wants to install SP1 to do so.”

Mid-April: Microsoft begins delivering Vista SP1 via Automatic Update. “That said, any system that Windows Update determines has a driver known to not update successfully will not get SP1 automatically,” Nash explained. “As updates for these drivers become available, they will be installed automatically by Windows Update, which will unblock these systems from getting Service Pack 1.” (And remember, there is a Vista SP blocking tool available for users who don’t want SP1 to install automatically.)

April: SP1 will RTM for the remaining languages.

PC makers are getting the Vista SP1 bits this week and will be able to start preloading Vista SP1 on new systems once they’ve sufficiently tested it. That could be weeks to a month, based on previous track records.

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