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Microsoft Partners protests for Windows Vista SP1

Many partners in the Microsoft galaxy are none too pleased about Redmond’s decision earlier this week to withhold downloads of Vista service pack 1 until mid-March. But after a firestorm of online protest from disaffected partners, it appears that Microsoft may consider revising its decision.

During beta testing, Microsoft says it discovered device driver glitches in systems with Vista SP1 installed, which reportedly have to do with audio drivers, graphics drivers, and network drivers being disabled after installing Vista SP1. Although the issues can be fixed by uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers — a relatively simple task for most IT professionals — Microsoft decided not to release Vista SP1 while it spends the next six weeks ironing out the problems in conjunction with its hardware partners.

Several posters on the Windows Vista Team blog have been voicing their frustrations and demanding to know why Microsoft chose not to allow them to download Vista SP1 from its Download center, TechNet, or MSDN Websites.

“I can understand and even support not releasing it immediately to Windows Update to give IT folks and developers a head start, but [don’t understand] not releasing it to the download center, MSDN, and TechNet,” wrote a poster who goes by the name ‘daedalus.’

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