While rumours of an imminent beta version of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 have been quashed, just what should we be expecting Microsoft's first package of fixes to do? Unsurprisingly, Redmond isn't commenting on the content specifics of SP1. But the biggest issue that's facing consumers running Vista machines at the moment is system performance. So let's take a look at what we can expect inside the Service Pack, due later this year.
Many of the initial stability issues in Windows Vista have been cured by better drivers since its release. But Windows XP still feels like a more agile working environment. Partly, Vista's problems are down to the constant indexing it performs for its search functions - although Desktop Search for Windows XP doesn't seem to suffer in the same way.
But when it comes to performance tweaks, many consumer-level users aren't going to be bowled over by SP1. The rumoured highlights of the pack include support for EFI booting on a 64-bit machine. This will be gibberish to most and practically meaningless too, unless you're running the 64-bit version of Vista.