The first service pack for Windows Vista is on its way, and PC Magazine has a preview of an early private beta version. The good news is that reviewer Neil Randall found the service pack to be faster overall than the shipping version of Windows Vista, and also noticed more drivers available and improved encryption. Randall also experienced applications within Adobe Creative Suite CS2 running faster, dialog boxes popping up more rapidly and other file copying speedups. This bodes well for the shipping version of SP1, which should be available along with Service Pack 3 of Windows XP (the last service pack for XP) in Q1 of 2008. [PC Magazine]
I'm sure you all know I'm a shameless Microsoft fanboy (yeah, right), but Vista has been disappointing. I've been running Ultimate since release and I've had my share of performance issues. I'm also surprised as to how slow things are, as you mentioned here (the UAC pop-ups and applications in general).
I'm really surprised that Vista was released as it was. SP1 is long overdue. Hell, it took them until last week to get DreamScenes running.
I can't wait!