Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta White Paper

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta White Paper

  • Comments 43
  • Likes

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta Whitepaper

Introduction

When developing Windows Vista, Microsoft set out to provide higher levels of productivity, mobility, and security, with lower costs. After more than six months of broad availability and usage, it's evident that these investments are improving the Windows computing experience. For example, in the first six months of use, Windows Vista had fewer security issues than Windows XP (Windows Vista had only 12 issues, and Windows XP had 36). According to the Windows Vista 6-Month Vulnerability Report by Jeffery R. Jones, Windows Vista had fewer security issues than all the popular operating systems he studied.

Although most companies are cautious when deploying a new operating system, many have already started testing and evaluating Windows Vista for deployment, and some have already deployed Windows Vista into their production environments and begun seeing the business benefits Windows Vista can provide.

Microsoft's efforts to provide the best Windows experience ever in Windows Vista did not end with its launch. This white paper describes the ways Microsoft strives to continuously improve Windows Vista. It then introduces Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) and describes how the service pack will fit into the ongoing improvement process.

Organizations do not need to wait for SP1 to deploy Windows Vista; they are encouraged to begin their Windows Vista evaluation and deployment now:

  • Organizations currently evaluating and deploying Windows Vista should continue their evaluation, pilot programs, and deployment on the initial ("Gold") Windows Vista release. Microsoft provides the tools and guidance needed to deploy Windows Vista today and will provide additional guidance, tools and support for moving to SP1 when the service pack is released.
  • Organizations just starting to evaluate Windows Vista should plan a pilot program, targeting the PCs that gain the most business value from Windows Vista (for example, many organizations will find that mobile PCs get the most benefits) and present the simplest upgrade from the gold release of Windows Vista to SP1 (How to Start a Windows Vista Pilot Deployment describes best practices for running a pilot).
  • Organizations waiting for Windows Vista SP1 should start their compatibility testing on the gold release of Windows Vista now, and then begin their evaluation and pilot programs on the release candidate of Windows Vista SP1 when it is released. Windows Vista includes architectural changes relative to Windows XP that improve security and reliability. These changes can cause some applications which work on Windows XP not to work on Windows Vista. However, these architectural changes are also part of Windows Vista SP1. For this reason, testing applications on Windows Vista today will be a very good proxy for compatibility with Windows Vista SP1.

Improving the Customer Experience

SP1 Whitepaper Windows Quality

Microsoft uses Windows Vista instrumentation to learn what issues affect customers most and then address the issues. This instrumentation includes the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) and Online Crash Analysis (OCA), both of which are opt-in, anonymous services. Microsoft not only uses this information to fix Windows Vista issues, but it also shares this information with software and hardware vendors so they can fix application compatibility and device driver issues.

The traditional service packs with which most organizations are familiar are only one way that Microsoft improves the Windows experience. Continuous improvements to the Windows Vista experience come from numerous channels, including ongoing updates, application compatibility improvements, and device driver improvements. The following sections describe each of these channels in detail.

Ongoing Updates

Ongoing updates address some of the most important issues affecting Microsoft customers. For example, Microsoft recently released two performance and reliability updates that address issues reported by customers (see Microsoft Support articles 938194 and 938979). Microsoft already delivers these and many other Windows Vista updates through various channels, including:

  • Windows Update
  • Microsoft Download Center
  • Private updates for enterprise customers and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners

Organizations choose which updates they want to deploy and the methods for deploying them-using Windows Update, for example. Enterprises are more likely to deploy updates using Windows Server® Update Services (WSUS), Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager 2007, or third-party tools.

Application Compatibility Improvements

Microsoft is making steady progress toward resolving application compatibility issues by engaging with independent software vendors (ISVs) to get major applications-such as antivirus and virtual private networking (VPN) applications-working on Windows Vista. Since the launch, more than 70 major enterprise applications have moved to Windows Vista. These include applications from ISVs like Adobe, Citrix, Oracle, Sun, HP, LANDesk, and IBM. Hundreds more applications have been tested and remediated by ISVs that visited the Microsoft ISV application compatibility lab for weeklong engagements. As a result of these efforts, nearly 2,100 applications now have the Windows Vista logo, (see Figure 1). Applications that are Certified for Windows Vista are designed and tested to deliver a superior experience with PCs running the Windows Vista operating system so software is easy to install, better performing, and more secure, while products that have earned the Works with Windows Vista logo have been tested for baseline compatibility with PCs running the Windows Vista Operating System.

SP1 Whitepaper Figure 1

Figure 1. Applications with the Windows Vista logo

In addition to helping ISVs resolve application compatibility issues, Microsoft provided robust tools at the Windows Vista launch to help information technology (IT) professionals assess and mitigate problems with existing applications. The primary tool they use is the Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.0.. To help make migrating to Windows Vista easier, Microsoft has created the Application Compatibility Factory (ACF) that connects its enterprise customers with selected partners that deliver high volume, low cost application compatibility and remediation services.

Device Driver Improvements

Device compatibility is also important to Windows Vista customers. As shown in Figure 2, device driver coverage continues to grow for Windows Vista. Microsoft has added 700,000 new device types since the initial Windows Vista release in November 2006. Including device drivers in the box and those available from Windows Update, by July 2007 Windows Vista supported nearly 2.2 million devices. That covers the vast majority of devices in use. The number of Windows Vista logo devices exceeds 10,000, and the growth is outpacing Windows XP.

SP1 Whitepaper Figure 2

Figure 2. Device driver coverage for Windows Vista

Introducing Windows Vista Service Pack 1

In addition to regular Windows Vista updates, application compatibility improvements, and device driver improvements, Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) is another way Microsoft will deliver improvements to the Windows Vista customer experience.

SP1 Whitepaper Intro

The goal of Windows Vista SP1 is to address key feedback Microsoft has received from its customers without regressing application compatibility. Windows Vista SP1 will deliver improvements and enhancements to existing features that significantly impact customers, but it does not deliver substantial new operating system features. For example, the service pack improves the performance of the desktop shell, but does not include a new version of Windows® Media Center.

The updates in Windows Vista SP1 fall into three categories, which the following sections describe in detail:

  • Quality improvements, including all previously released updates, which address reliability, security, and performance.
  • Improvements to the administration experience, including BitLockerTM Drive Encryption (BDE).
  • Support for emerging hardware and standards, such as an Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) and an Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT).

Quality Improvements

Quality improvements have the broadest impact on all customers. It is the foundation of Windows Vista SP1 and is about improving the overall Windows Vista experience.

First, Windows Vista SP1 will include all previously released updates for Windows Vista. It also will include security, reliability, and performance improvements. These improvements target some of the issues Microsoft has identified as the most common causes of operating system crashes and hangs, giving customers a more reliable experience. These updates also improve performance in key scenarios-for example, when copying files or shutting down the computer.

The following sections describe many of the security, reliability, and performance improvements that will be in Windows Vista SP1.

Security

Security improvements that will be in Windows Vista SP1 include:

  • Provides security software vendors a more secure way to communicate with Windows Security Center.
  • Includes application programming interfaces (APIs) by which third-party security and malicious software detection applications can work with kernel patch protection on x64 versions of Windows Vista. These APIs help ISVs develop software that extends the functionality of the Windows kernel on x64 computers without disabling or weakening the protection offered by kernel patch protection.
  • Improves the security of running RemoteApp programs and desktops by allowing Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) files to be signed. Customers can differentiate user experiences based on publisher identity.
  • Adds an Elliptical Curve Cryptography (ECC) pseudo-random number generator (PRNG) to the list of available PRNGs in Windows Vista.
  • Enhances BitLocker Drive Encryption (BDE) to offer an additional multifactor authentication method that combines a key protected by the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) with a Startup key stored on a USB storage device and a user-generated personal identification number (PIN).

Reliability

Windows Vista SP1 will include improvements that target some of the most common causes of crashes and hangs, giving users a more consistent experience. Many of these improvements will specifically address issues identified from the Windows Error Reporting tool. The following list describes some of the reliability improvements that Windows Vista SP1 will include:

  • Improved reliability and compatibility of Windows Vista when used with newer graphics cards in several specific scenarios and configurations.
  • Improved reliability when working with external displays on a laptop.
  • Improved Windows Vista reliability in networking configuration scenarios.
  • Improved reliability of systems that were upgraded from Windows XP to Windows Vista.
  • Increased compatibility with many printer drivers.
  • Increased reliability and performance of Windows Vista when entering sleep and resuming from sleep.

Performance

The following list describes some of the performance improvements that Windows Vista SP1 will include:

  • Improves the speed of copying and extracting files.
  • Improves the time to become active from Hibernate and Resume modes.
  • Improves the performance of domain-joined PCs when operating off the domain; in the current release version of Windows Vista, users would experience long delays when opening the File dialog box.
  • Improves performance of Windows® Internet Explorer® 7 in Windows Vista, reducing CPU utilization and speeding JavaScript parsing.
  • Improves battery life by reducing CPU utilization by not redrawing the screen as frequently, on certain computers.
  • Improves the logon experience by removing the occasional 10-second delay between pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL and the password prompt displaying.
  • Addresses an issue in the current version of Windows Vista that makes browsing network file shares consume significant bandwidth and not perform as fast as expected.

Administration Experience

Many of the changes in Windows Vista SP1 will improve the deployment, management, and support experience for Windows Vista customers. The following list describes some of these enhancements:

  • BitLocker Drive Encryption encrypts extra local volumes. For example, instead of encrypting only drive C, customers can also encrypt drive D, E, and so on.
  • Addresses problems with printing to local printers from a Windows® Terminal Services session.
  • The Network Diagnostics tool will help customers solve the most common file sharing problems, in addition to the basic problems that it already diagnoses.
  • Administrators can control the volumes on which to run Disk Defragmenter.

In addition to these changes, Windows Vista SP1 will change the tools that customers use to manage Group Policy. Administrators requested features in Group Policy that simplify policy management. To do this, the service pack will uninstall the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) and GPEdit.msc will edit local Group Policy by default. In the SP1 timeframe, administrators can download an out-of-band release that will give them the ability to add comments to Group Policy Objects (GPOs) or individual settings and search for specific settings.[1]

Emerging Hardware and Standards

The technology industry is fast-paced and constantly changing. Throughout the life cycle of any version of the Windows operating system, the industry creates new hardware innovations and defines new standards. Windows Vista SP1 will include support for some of these new hardware innovations and standards, because Microsoft expects them to become increasingly important in the near future. The following list describes some of the enhancements of Windows Vista SP1 that will support these emerging innovations and standards:

  • In the future, flash memory storage and consumer devices will use the exFAT file system. Windows Vista SP1 adds support for this file system to Windows Vista.
  • The service pack will include support for Secure Digital (SD) Advanced Direct Memory Access (DMA), which will be on compliant SD host controllers soon, to improve transfer performance and decrease CPU utilization.
  • x64 PCs can boot using the EFI. Windows Vista currently supports network boot by using Windows Deployment Services for x86, a PC's basic input/output system (BIOS) for x64 PCs, and EFI for IA-64 PCs. Windows Vista SP1 will add support for network boot by using x64 EFI.
  • The service pack will add support for Direct3D 10.1, adding application programming interfaces (APIs) and features that enable 3-D applications, so game developers can better take advantage of a new generation of Direct3D graphics hardware.
  • The Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP) is a remote access tunneling protocol that will be part of the Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS) platform. This protocol helps provide full-network virtual private network (VPN) remote access connections without challenges that other protocols face when traversing NATs, Web proxies, and firewalls. Windows Vista SP1 will include support for SSTP.

Evaluating Windows Vista Service Pack 1

In key areas, Windows Vista SP1 will compare favorably to earlier Windows service packs. Windows® 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) and Windows XP SP1 both made limited changes to the user interface and had limited impacts to application compatibility. Both service packs were small in download size. Windows XP SP2 was an exceptional case, as noted in the next paragraph. It significantly impacted the user interface and application compatibility, and was large in download size. While Windows Vista SP1 is still in beta, Microsoft's intention is that it will make limited changes to the user interface, have limited impact to application compatibility, and the Windows Update and WSUS download size will be small.

The purpose of Windows Vista SP1 is different from the purpose of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2). Windows XP SP2 was a special update -- Microsoft recognized that it was in a unique position to address new and emerging security threats, and the service pack was the best answer. To address these threats, Microsoft incorporated significant, well-considered changes into the service pack, which had a significant impact on application compatibility. For example, the service pack enabled Windows Firewall by default, causing some applications to fail until the customer configured the exceptions in the firewall. However, Microsoft determined that the security benefit far outweighed any challenges the changes caused to end users and administrators. (Likewise, moving from Windows XP SP2 to Windows Vista introduced new, well-considered changes, such as User Account Control, which impacted compatibility).

Although Windows Vista SP1 does compare favorably to earlier service packs, specific benefits have certain costs:

Benefits

Tradeoffs

The standalone service pack will include all languages. It can update all PCs running Windows Vista -regardless of language[2].

 

Componentization brings benefits such as the ability to uninstall updates in any order more reliably.

 

The standalone package will be large (1 GB for x86).

 

Installing the service pack will require a large amount of free disk space (7 GB for x86 and 12 GB for x64). However, most of this space will be reclaimed after installation.

SP1 will improve the performance, reliability, and other areas of Windows Vista.

 

Windows Vista contains a significant amount of files shared with Windows Server 2008 and therefore benefits from the continual improvements made during the Windows Server 2008 development cycle.[3]

 

 

SP1 will change a significant number of files; customers cannot apply SP1 to offline Windows Vista images.

 

Deploying Windows Vista Service Pack 1

Windows Vista SP1 will support a number of deployment scenarios and methods, which the upcoming Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Deployment Guide will describe in detail. This section provides an overview of the delivery methods that Windows Vista SP1 will support.

Windows Vista SP1 will support the following delivery methods:

  • Express. Requires an Internet connection but minimizes the size of the download by sending only the changes needed for a specific computer (approximately 50 MB for x86-based operating systems).
  • Stand-alone. Recommended for computers with limited Internet connectivity and for applying the service pack to multiple computers. The download size is larger than the express package, but customers can apply a single package to any Windows Vista version and language combination (within a platform). Distribution tools like System Center Configuration Manager 2007 use stand-alone packages to deploy Windows Vista SP1.
  • Slipstream. The slipstream version of Windows Vista SP1 is media that already contains the service pack, which companies can use to deploy the operating system to new computers or to upgrade existing computers. Availability will be limited. Microsoft will update Windows Vista retail media with Windows Vista SP1 slipstream media in the future. Slipstream media will also be available to Volume Licensing customers.

For express and stand-alone deployment methods, Microsoft recommends the following:

  • Laptops must be plugged in to an AC power source.
  • A minimum of 7 GB free disk space on the boot partition, which contains the Windows operating system files, for x86-based operating systems and a minimum of 12 GB free disk space for x64-based operating systems.
  • The stand-alone deployment method requires administrative credentials.

Summary

Customers can take advantage of all that Windows Vista has to offer by evaluating and deploying the operating system now. They do not need to wait for Windows Vista SP1. Windows Vista enables higher levels of productivity and mobility than earlier versions of Windows, and it helps lower the cost of ownership. 

Customers currently evaluating and deploying Windows Vista should continue their evaluation, pilot programs, and deployment on the currently available version of Windows Vista. Microsoft provides the tools and guidance customers need to deploy Windows Vista today and will provide additional guidance, tools, and support for moving to Windows Vista SP1 when Microsoft releases it.

Customers just starting to evaluate Windows Vista should plan a pilot program based on the original release and then move to a pilot or deployment when Windows Vista SP1 becomes available. Pilot programs are an effective way to introduce the operating system into the production environment. Pilot testing is best performed on PCs that present a high business value or a simple upgrade path.

Customers waiting for Windows Vista SP1 should start their compatibility testing on the currently available release of Windows Vista now, and then begin their evaluation and pilot programs on the release candidate of Windows Vista SP1 when it is released. Windows Vista includes architectural changes relative to Windows XP that improve security and reliability. These changes can cause some applications which work on Windows XP not to work on Windows Vista. However, these architectural changes are also part of Windows Vista SP1. For this reason, testing applications on Windows Vista today will be a very good proxy for compatibility with Windows Vista SP1.

See the whitepaper How to Start a Windows Vista Pilot Deployment today to get started moving to Windows Vista so that your organization can begin taking advantage of the benefits that Windows Vista provides.

 


[1] Beta testers will find that after installing Windows Vista SP1, they no longer have access to GPMC, and that the new, enhanced version of GPMC has not yet been released. In this case, administrators can continue to edit Group Policy by opening a remote desktop session directly to the server or to a PC running the release to manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows Vista.

[2] The Windows Vista Service Pack 1 package is platform specific. Each platform (x86 or x64) requires a separate package.

[3] Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 have been built from the same fundamental source code base since the beginning.  Many of the core files are identical between the two products, although each product has unique features, specific individual files and functional behaviors that are appropriate for the intended customer uses for the specific product. For example, Windows Media Center only appears in Windows Vista, while Active Directory or Windows Clustering only appear in Windows Server 2008.  Examples of common files shared between the two operating systems are the kernel and core OS files, the networking stack, file sharing.  In the past year since the Windows Vista public release, the common files in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 have been continually improved based on customer beta feedback, customer deployments, and Microsoft internal testing.

Added 2:42 PDT: Download the full Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta Whitepaper (XPS or PDF) here.

43 Comments
You must be logged in to comment. Sign in or Join Now
  • Duane Duane
    52463 Posts

    Vista will always be Vista, the sooner it becomes part of the past, the better.

  • Duane Duane
    52463 Posts

    Can someone tell me how to put a music "song" into a private file?

    How do I "capture" one song from Vista Library?

    I have music stored there but want to transfer some to my private files on another site.

    Thank in advance

  • Have they figured out how to sign the RDP files. As for now their only sales pitch is upgrade to Server 2008. Did not know microsoft was making sales pitches in PAID customer support calls.

  • Great post ... but

    I have not heard or read of the issues with sound cards (like the creative X-Fi) is SP1 going to address the extra CPU use for sound rather than using the sound cards? This too will help to speed things up for the gaming community as well as those of us that like to work while listening to music.

  • aga2957
    1 Posts

    Will the service pack include the animated logon screen that was previously on longhorn ad wayback 2002?

  • motufmm
    2 Posts

    Hello everybody...

    I was willing to install Windows Vista on my computer at home, wich actually runs XP SP2 and I wanted to know if I could keep my XP installation after Vista installation and when would the Vista SP1 be available?

    If there is any chance for a third-world user to test the SP1 beta, please take me in mind!!

    Kind regards,

    Fernando.

    Why Can I not see some comments completly?

  • BenssoN
    1 Posts

    I hope that Microsoft returns Firewire (IEEE 1394)networking feature to Windows Vista. Many people need it. I simply can't understand why they removed firewire network support. Pls think about that.

  • I hope the service packs really fixes the performance issues. I have roilled Vista into production on 10 systems here.

    All are new IBM desktops, with dual core and 2 GB RAM.

    Every user has comlpained that it's so slow.

    I have disabled so many services i consider unnecessary to boost it's performance and have noticed a difference. But still slow in my mind.

    there are also some very basic things.

    the new defrag sucks completly. ( can we see some sort of map like all othe defrag apps ).

    IE7 on Vista gives us nightmares, so many errors accessing sites with https or certificates.

    Services using way to many resources.

    disk indexing, windows defender.

    many of the suggestions above also sound good.

    i guess a big responsibility does sit on the shoulders of manafacyturers to produce improved drivers and applications to work with Vista.

  • Chandra4intel - SP1 is currently in beta and released through a managed beta program. It is not available publicly as of yet. Microsoft will release plans for the final version of SP1 in a few months.

    - Brandon

  • Even my Windows Vista Business edition is giving some problems with USB drivers.

    Do I need to upgrade to SP1? If so how to do that?

  • PLEASE ALLOW THE RESIZING OF THE ADD PRINTER, PRINTER DRIVER, DIALOG BOX (and all other similar boxes).  It is just too hard to find drivers in that little window when you are scanning through large mfgs like HP, especially when the drivers are not named consistently (i.e. some are upper case, some are lower case, some are listed with just numbers, others are listed with a name and a number [HP DESIGNJET 4000]).  I need to see a larger list to make my selection.  As it stands now, I often have to scan the list three or four times to find the driver/product name.  This is maddening!

    I have made this request through the, now shut, MSWISH site and through dealer support for many years but it still a tiny, unusable box.

    Also, please ENLARGE THE FONT on the COA stickers.  As a tech and dealer, I am often under desks working in the dark trying the see the small print, squeezed onto the side of a PC next to a wall. Those numbers are just toooo small to read in such tight circumstances.

    Thanks

  • TomS
    1 Posts

    @Nick White,

    I'd like to second mercuryLuz's concern's re: slipstreaming in the white paper.  Specifically, from the Evaluating SP! Tradeoff column

    "SP1 will change a significant number of files; customers cannot apply SP1 to offline Windows Vista images"

    and Deploying SP1

    "Slipstream. <snip slipstream definition> _Availability will be limited._ (emphasis added) Microsoft will update Windows Vista retail media with Windows Vista SP1 slipstream media in the future. Slipstream media will also be available to Volume Licensing customers"

    Please consider very, very carefully the impact on end-users of reversing the long-standing availability of the slipstream capability.  Removing that makes it grossly difficult to repair service pack applied installations with non-SP media.  Slipstreaming helps more rapidly deploy virtual machines on those non-volume licensed systems where permitted by EULA.

    It would be a poor choice to reverse 7+ years of precedent.

    Respectfully,

    TomS.

    MS Partner

  • New one

    XPS files keep trying to open in firefox, and must be forced to open in IE.

  • How many of these bugs are addressed by the SP

    Clip board may contain old entry's when doing another Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V.

    Very difficult, to change to a explorer window, by clicking the bottom of the window.

    Tool tips in notification bar may pop up underneath, same bug as XP.

    Pasting files using Ctrl+V in to an explorer window, may not always work, have to click on the file area of the explorer window, before it lets you.

    Windows Movie maker, stops updating the preview window after some time, when editing media center recoded footage.

    Paint keeps saying it failed to save the file.

    Media Player crashes, if you skip songs to fast, more often if its a play list containing http links.

    When going hardware tab, on a drives properties, and selecting properties on a device, populate is broken, especially on 64bit vista.

    Some times after exiting a program, eg game, remote desktop, other full screen app, the glass effect on the test bar is only half the bar.

    Vista fails to suspend, if a pcmcia network card is inserted, vista will site there with a black screen, and is unable to resume.

    Hibernate is missing, but may come back if vista is reinstalled.

    The supposed can change the battery on a laptop using vista suspend, does not work.

    Inability to disable suspend. As it does not work on 99% of computers. Turns every thing off and then back on again, and others are unable to resume from suspend.

    Power management, when using mains power, is affected by battery settings, the turn off screen is the worst offender.

    CD burning, does not tell you how much free space you have, so you can max out the disk, before hitting the burn button.

    CD burning, does not have the option to verify a disk, bad disk = lost data.

    using FTP to move data from the FTP source, deletes the data, and sometimes then says the data does not exist.

    TrustedInstaller.exe keeps using excessive amounts of CPU for no apparent reason, at random intervals in the day.

    System process in using 18% of the CPU all the time.

    Media player sometimes does not show when opening content, it has to be then opened from the start menu.

    media player fails to close, when pressing the X, it is still in memory, and locking all the files it has open.

    media player sometimes fails to minimize, when using the task bar to minimize it.

    media player sometimes is glass almost over the whole app.

    media player refuses to add a mkv video to the play list, instead clears the play list and plays the mkv.

    Recycle Bin Sometimes has no icon, requiring the desktop to be refreshed to get it back.

    On Vista 64, Windows Update keeps saying SQL Server 2005 SP2 needs to be installed, when it already is.

    Moving Folders may leave empty folders at the source

    Creating and renaming a folder too fast, may create a 50K file with that name instead

    When copying files from a compressed zip file to a folder, the files may get encrypted.

    TCP traffic can become very slow, after Vista has been running for some time.

  • Brandon, is there any chance at all the you guys might give us a dual-pane Explorer in SP1?

    I love Vista, but moving files around with just one window is a pain (almost wrote "pane" - sorry!), as is having to open two Explorer windows each time.

    To get round this I've installed Directory Opus.  But frankly I'd rather just stick to the native Windows tools.

    I think a dual pane Explorer - probably with a single folder tree at the left and two folder panes at the right - would be an enormous improvement and surely wouldn't be that difficult to implement.

    I hope you and your team will consider it.  Meanwhile, thanks for the ongoing great work on polishing Vista.

    Steve

  • Julzz
    1 Posts

    Hey Guys

          Just wondering can u tell me the steps on installing SP1 on my Vista Home pre Upgrade pc i have 1 gb plus i upgraded from XP home but will the SP go on dos or reinstall Vista fill me !

  • This is very good news indeed.  From what I can see, Microsoft is working extremely hard on the performance and stability side of Vista.

    I've been using Vista since R1 back in MSDN. I've had my good and bad moments, but Microsoft seems to catch the bug and fix it almost immediately.

    I think Microsoft deserves more recognition than what they've been receiving as of late.

  • An excellent read!

  • Well thasts news i like. But i am still having big problems with my SLI System on my Vista 64 Rig. I can choose SLI but it does not work. And i am to much sad, that i do not read something, that this problem is solved in SP1. Can you tell me something about it? Sorry for that question but in the moment i am to much confused if this is a problem of Vista itself or the drivers of Nvidia. Nvidia or in my case Gainward tells me thats a problem of MS but im not so shure if that is the truth. Please tell me something about it. Or somebody contact me via Mail: mrumpa@web.de

  • someone
    156 Posts

    And please fix the WEATHER gadget to eliminate the "SERVICE NOT AVAILABLE" error when the locale and language do not match.

  • Bala
    1 Posts

    Are there any plans to address the CPU usage issue when using Webcams from vendors like Creative and Logitech on chat programs such as Skype, Yahoo Messenger etc?

    The vendors seem to be blaming MS for the issue. In short, the problem happens when you are using an USB Composite Device (Webcam with an integrated microphone) to capture video on Windows Vista using an application that uses DirectSound to capture audio, the CPU usage goes all the way upto 100% (with a Core 2 Duo 2.33GHz) which did not happen with XP on the same machine. Please see the links below for more information and the reports from various users of similar problems:

    http://forums.creative.com/creativelabs/board/message?board.id=Vista&message.id=1694

    http://forums.logitech.com/logitech/board/message?board.id=quickcam_software&message.id=17438

    http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=1279070&SiteID=1

    http://forum.skype.com/index.php?showtopic=89128&st=20

    The problem seems to be with audiodg.exe and the change in the implementation of DirectSound from XP to Vista.

    Any plans to address this issue with SP1?

  • Titan602
    34 Posts

    So if I download the full release, the Graphics card Nvidia GeForce 8800 Ultra is more likely to work on Vista?

  • Not so great that Vista now can support 2.2 million devices with its drivers, when I CAN NOT even find ONE Bluetooth dongle that can run any serious advanced Bluetooth devices - like stereo headsets etc. When half the peripherals I own need to be replaced for lack of device drivers, I am not impressed.  When Vista cannot to this day properly detect the ASUS P5ND2 Nforce4 mainboard controller devices correctly and wants me to insert the nonexistant driver disk for CDROM drives and DVD drives it thinks it needs - I AM NOT IMPRESSED.  

  • Do we know if Vista have a speed boost when starting-up?

    Or the slow startup is that because it's a driver issues released by hardware vendors, and I should expect faster Windows boot time as I install the latest drivers as they get released, or both?

    Would be fun to know what it's happening on the back.

    Please note, I'm talking about account loading. I'm talking about the load screen where you see the green bar passing.

  • ke3pup
    1 Posts

    i switched back to XP After Vista started playing completely dumb! Simple Tasks such as Partitioning hard Disk or even turning on an Already recognized Printer would bring up the driver Wizard where Vista started looking for Drivers and wouldn't be able to find any. This happened for range of stuff , even my USB drive, would bring up the driver wizard and the "Safe hardware removal" icon no longer appeared for the devices that vista could not find divers for automatically and instead i had to point it manually to look in "DriversStore" folder....

    Is there any mention that this bug was fixed? it was reported by many others on various forums around the net. IS IT FIXED IN SP1?

  • ctitanic
    69 Posts

    More than 50% of the performance  improvements are clearly pointing to  a better Mobile Computing experience.

  • Nick White
    1204 Posts

    Hey mercuryLuz:  I don't have an answer for you yet on this topic, but we'll be providing more guidance soon that will be of help in preparing for deployment.

  • Nick White
    1204 Posts

    Hey someone:  thanks for the detailed feedback, I've catalogued it and will share it with the Dev team.  I'm not aware that exFAT will be made available for Windows XP.

  • bpfh
    2 Posts

    1 Gb for the service pack? Why? What is wrong with packaging all the languages individually, as you did since as long as I remember (NT4 SP3).

    It is a major PITA to download the 250 mb of the current XP service pack, but at least a CD could be written to go in the toolbox and left with a customer (rather than a more expensive DVD), and save space on bandwith and disk space...

    A 1 GB download for 50-100 mb of effective usable data. What a waste!

  • madicus
    1 Posts

    This is very exciting. I would love to see improvements on quick search feature of the start menu. Specifically C: taking to C drive instead of Caclulator (C:/ works correctly though).

  • http://store.apple.com

    There's your solution to Vista, kids.

  • Concerning Slipstreaming:

    How exactly do you mean "Availability will be limited"?

    Will it be possible to update/slipstream an existing Windows Vista DVD with the SP1 setup file as it was the case with earlier Windows Service Packs - or are you planning to chance that?

    Thanks for your answer!

  • someone
    156 Posts

    -  Just like the Defragmenter, please add back the ability to specify what files, folders or drives are being backed up and which ones are excluded in the Vista backup application.

    -  The ability to backup EFS encrypted files which NTBackup had.

    -  Advanced file type functionality/UI such as manually defining a new file extension, defining/editing custom secondary actions for file types, showing extensions only for specific file types, or customizing the icon for file types.

    -  The Up Toolbar button in Windows Explorer, still better would be the ability to fully customize Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer toolbar buttons and order.

    -  Ability to quickly show/hide Common Tasks pane in Windows Explorer.

    -  Improved accessories like calculator, disk cleanup, character map

    -  Updated common dialog boxes for color and font choosers, .NET/WPF versions of these

    -  Improved 'Windows Contacts'

    -  Ability to set the desktop wallpaper to change at intervals using smooth fading transitions using the Desktop Window Manager

    -  Add the following features to Vista Business:

      --  Subsystem for Unix apps (SFU/SUA) because SFU can be installed on Windows XP Professional

      --  Bitlocker because it being only in Enterprise (Volume license) and Ultimate customers is not being useful for business users

      --  MUI because Windows XP Professional had it.

      --  Parental controls (for work computers at home)

    -  Add the following features to Vista Home Premium:

      --  Shadow Copy/Previous Versions and Complete PC Backup (Previous Versions is equally useful for any home user)

      --  EFS (XP Media Center had it)

      --  Fax and Scan (Consumer Windows versions had faxing abilities in the past)

    And will exFAT be available for Windows XP?

  • stoiber
    1 Posts

    Thank goodness this has finally come down the tubes.  Maybe many more large companies can deploy (or redeploy like in our case) Vista and actually have a good platform to build from.  Good news! :)

  • Awesome, my clients will love this news!

  • TheTom, if you continued reading the Whitepaper you'll notice there are three options for installing SP1. One of them is Express.

    "Express. Requires an Internet connection but minimizes the size of the download by sending only the changes needed for a specific computer (approximately 50 MB for x86-based operating systems)."

    The Express install will allow you to install SP1 most likely with a limited amount of space on your Vista partition since itdetects and downloads based on the needs of the individual PC.

    The reason why the standalone setup is so big is that is consists of all the languages. Users will be able to download and install the standalone setup package regardless of language since it will include all the language files in the install file. It is a trade off for having a larger setup file size.

    - Brandon

  • TheTom
    1 Posts

    "Installing the service pack will require a large amount of free disk space (7 GB for x86 and 12 GB for x64)"

    Are you crazy? On my Vista partition on my laptop is not even enough disk space left! :(

    You must be totally crazy ....

  • Great news!  I can't help but wonder if those performance updates SP1 will have was what Vista should have had to fulfil the woa promise, oh well! better late than never!

  • john
    673 Posts

    Thanks, Bro'

  • thegeek
    2 Posts

    Very nice post, I am so glad to see this coming around, and MS finally talking about it. Lets silence those nay sayers!

  • John, your wish is my command.

    You can download the XPS version of the Windows Vista SP1 Beta Whitepaper here from our Public Windows Live SkyDrive folder:

    http://cid-bbb1ef94681f0a70.skydrive.live.com/self.aspx/The%20Windows%20Vista%20Team%20Blog/Windows%20Vista%20Service%20Pack%201%20Whitepaper%20August%202007%20FINAL.xps

    - Brandon

  • john
    673 Posts

    Nice, Brandon.

    Now can I have this as an XPS or OOXML file?