Vista Service Pack 1 Spotted, But Will It Ship?

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That service pack we're all waiting for, Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1), might soon be shipping. Or not. In January, Microsoft said the update, code-named "Fiji," would be shipping in the second half of 2007, which is rapidly approaching. Now some quick-witted photogs snagged a snapshot of a machine running what they said was a build of Vista SP1 at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in LA last week.


At the conference, all those present plainly saw a PC in the demo running the screen you see pictured above, and if you look closely you can barely make out "Windows Build 6001 Service Pack 1, v113" at the top of the screen. But this could be a ruse. Will there be any more service packs at all for Vista?

According to analysts, many Microsoftians would rather just bug-fix the operating system as they go along, using Windows Update to slip in patches as they're created. Plus, if there's no SP1 to wait for, people might be more likely to pick up a copy of Windows Vista now. Fixing bugs as soon as possible via Microsoft's automatic updating service seems to be the most logical approach.

We've heard quite a few people saying they're waiting for bug fixes before jumping into Vista, and we agree. Sure, we're running Vista on a test machine or two, but we're not quite as trustworthy as most early adopters and are waiting for SP1 before we install it on our main production workstations. What about it, readers? Should we jump into Vista now?

Update: The code name "Fiji" reportedly refers to an interim Windows release that contains the next update of Windows Media Center, not SP1. However, Microsoft isn't confirming or denying any of this. CW

Vista Service Pack 1: It lives [ZDNet, via CrunchGear]




I like Vista, but I wish they would fix a few things that are not exactly bugs but are things that could be done better:

1. Vista's Backup system "ShadowCopy" is a great concept, but it's done at set intervals. It would be much better if a ShadowCopy of a file was made automatically when a file is saved. For example, let's say I made a few changes to a file and save it a few times while I'm working on the file. But then I realize I made a mistake and would like to go back one version. Because ShadowCopies are made at set intervals, I can probably revert back to yesterday's version, not a version saved 10 minutes ago.

2. Also it would be nice to tell Vista what folders/files that the ShadowCopy should NOT make back-ups of — in order to save valuable harddrive space. For example, when you use Media Center to record programs, you create large files that are probably each at least 3GB. These files are inherently meant to be stored temporarilly: you watch the recorded program and then you delete them. However, with ShadowCopy this deleted large file is kept in the background. So it would be nice if you could tell Vista not to backup the "Recorded TV" folder and thus saving harddrive room.

3. Photo Explorer could be better. It would be nice if I could search for photos by multiple tag conditions: i.e. "Search for photos tagged with 'Mom' and 'Dad;, but NOT tagged with 'Susie'". Also it would be nice if you could view photos in a bar graph by date. It also be nice if you could assign an image to represent a tag like many other photo management tools do.

4. Improving Sound Management. It would be nice if you could set the default sound output device thru the speaker icon in the task bar. It would also be nice if you could tell which applications should use what audio device: that way you could use multiple audio devices at the same time rather than just one.

5. Include more features. It would be nice if Vista came with a built in clipboard management tool, so you could paste something that you copied awhile ago, not the last thing you copied. It would also be nice if it had a built in multiple desktop management system. Also, it would be nice if the Ultimate version had more "extras".

Overall I like Vista over XP, but I think if they fulfilled this list of items, then it would be really great. That's what I think SP1 should contain: improvements not just bug fixes.