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Reminder: Windows Vista SP1 RC expires on June 30

Now that Windows Vista SP1 has been out for a few months, there's no particularly good reason that you should be running an early release candidate of the service pack. But if you're too lazy to have uninstalled it, you've got about two weeks before Microsoft forces you to do so. Starting June 30th, any machines running a release candidate of Windows Vista SP1 will only be able to run for about an...

Microsoft offers free phone support for Vista SP1

While most Download Squad readers who took part in our informal poll say that Windows Vista SP1 has either improved their Vista performance, or at least hasn't broken their PCs, some folks are bound to have issues with any upgrade. And over 100 of you told us that Vista SP1 has caused some problems for you. Fortunately, it looks like Microsoft is offering some help. The company will offer...

Windows Vista SP1 available now

No more betas, release candidates, or other test builds for Windows Vista SP1. Microsoft is pushing the final version of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 out the door. You can download standalone installers for X86 and X64 systems from Microsoft starting today. Microsoft has also released a series of documents detailing the changes in Service Pack 1. But we'll save you the trouble. For the most...

How to download Windows Vista SP1 early

Can't wait to get you grubby little paws on the official version of Windows Vista SP1? Microsoft isn't expected to officially release the update to end users until March. But Microsoft has already posted a disc image on its OEM partner site, and if you know where to look you can download it today. The disc image weighs in at 1.2GB and must be used to perform a clean install of Windows Vista SP1....

Vista SP1 alters WGA behavior

Microsoft has a long history of including cumbersome anti-piracy measures in its software. So we were pretty happy to hear that the company is scaling back the Windows Genuine Advantage protection Windows Vista SP1. No longer will you find features like ReadyBoost of Aero disabled if you haven't activated Windows or if you fail a WGA test when trying to download Microsoft software. But that...

Windows Vista SP1 released to manufacturers

Microsoft has released Windows Vista SP1 to manufacturers. What does that mean? While public release candidates of SP1 have been available for months, you'll actually be able to walk into a store and buy a computer running the updated version of Windows Vista pretty soon. Microsoft is also beginning to manufacture Windows Vista installation DVDs with Windows Vista SP1, which means you'll be...

Download the latest version of Windows Vista SP1

Microsoft may not have released any more information regarding the actual changes in the latest version of Windows Vista SP1, but the company has widened the release pool to... everybody. When Microsoft first made the update available earlier this week only about 15,000 beta testers were given official download links. Now you can grab the update as a direct download. You can also download the...

Windows releases new build of Vista SP1 to beta testers

Microsoft has released an updated release candidate of Windows Vista SP1 to about 15,000 beta testers. It's not entirely clear at the moment what changes are included in this update, but the release does show that we can expect at least a few more tweaks before Microsoft releases the final version of Windows Vista Service Pack 1. Microsoft pushed out a public release candidate of SP1 last month....

Windows Vista SP1 release candidate available for download

As expected, Microsoft has made the release candidate of Windows Vista SP1 available to the general public. There are several ways to get grab the update. You can download a registry key that will allow you to install SP1 through Windows Update. Or you can just download a standalone installer. Depending on your needs, that file will be between 436MB and 878MB. (There are four versions of the...

Microsoft releases a ton of details about Windows Vista SP1

With the public release of the first release candidate for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 scheduled for this week, Microsoft is making a ton of documentation available explaining the ins and outs of the service pack. In a nutshell, the update packs a ton of hardware compatibility, system reliability, performance and power consumption, and security improvements. The standalone installer will be...

Download Windows Vista SP1 with a registry hack

If you're itching to install Windows Vista Service Pack 1 but aren't planning to be anywhere near Redmond on October 27th, all may not be lost. Some friendly hackers have posted a registry setting that will reportedly allow you to download Vista SP1 through Windows Update. We're going to point out a couple of things here, although they should really be obvious: There's no guarantee this...

Windows Vista SP1 gets put through the paces

While you might not be able to get your hands on it yet, Microsoft has released Windows Vista SP1 to a few thousand beta testers. And Neil Randall at PC Magazine has been playing with the update and writes up his thoughts in a thorough review. In a nutshell, SP1 makes Windows vista a bit snappier and more responsive to requests, which we had expected. Randall reports that Vista returns from...

Microsoft holding Vista SP1 Beta Install Fair Oct 27

If you're itching to install Windows Vista SP1 but haven't been one of the few thousand beta testers to get an invitation, October 27th could be your lucky day. If you live near Redmond Washington, that is. Microsoft is holding a Vista SP1 Beta Install Fair. What does that mean? if you've got a PC running Windows Vista RTM and a little free time on your hands, Microsoft will install a beta of...

Windows Vista SP1 released to small group of beta testers

As expected, the Microsoft Windows Vista Team has released an early version of Vista Service Pack 1 to a selected group of testers. Brandon LeBlanc at the Windows Vista Blog has been running SP1 for a little while already and shares these thoughts: The update will show up through Windows Update, and will show a size range from 51MB to 680MB. Because the update includes a number of hotfixes...