More on what's in store for Vista SP1

Summary:I ran a short list on July 8 of some of the fixes and enhanced functionality that my sources are telling me will be part of Vista Service Pack (SP) 1, a first beta of which is due to go to selected testers the week of July 16. But there are other fixes likely to make it into SP1.

So what else will get fixed as part of the first service pack for Vista?

I ran a short list on July 8 of some of the fixes and enhanced functionality that my sources are telling me will be part of Vista SP 1, a first beta of which is due to go to selected testers the week of July 16.

But there are still more fixes likely to make it into SP1.

The AeroXPerience site has a supplementary list that includes other likely Vista SP1 additions, such as Windows Installer 4.1 and  Windows Recovery Environment driver loading enhancements.

Over on Microsoft Security Software Engineer Robert Hensing's blog, there's mention of another fix coming in Vista SP1: A patch designed to remedy a ReadyBoost flaw that causes sluggish Vista system resume/startup performance. (Perhaps this is the update designed to fix SP1 shutdown performance that I mentioned on the original Vista SP1 short list?)

Another previously noted update that was, at least at one time, on the Vista SP1 fix-it list was an update for an IIS 7 Manager overwrite bug.

And there's always the running tally maintained by the folks at TheHotFix.Net of patches (some of which Microsoft already has made available to customers) that could make it into Vista SP1.

I'm hearing SP1 won't introduce any significant changes to the Vista user interface. Supposedly, the included fixes and updates also will not have a negative impact application compatibility. (In other words, if an app runs on Vista, it also should run automatically on Vista SP1.) No word on whether anything in SP1 will remedy any apps that currently dont' work right with Vista.

Latest I hear is Microsoft is aiming to release the final version of Vista SP1 in November 2007.

Other Vista SP1 fixes you're expecting -- or for which you're praying?

Topics: Windows, Microsoft

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Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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