Microsoft releases another Vista SP1 refresh to 15,000 testers

Microsoft releases another Vista SP1 refresh to 15,000 testers

Summary: Microsoft made availble to testers on January 9 yet another refresh of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 Release Candidate (RC) test build -- but to its core group of 15,000 testers only.


Microsoft made availble to testers on January 9 yet another refresh of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 Release Candidate (RC) test build.

Microsoft's statement:

"Today, Microsoft released the latest pre-release build of SP1 – 'Windows Vista SP1 RC Refresh' -- to approximately 15,000 beta testers. This group includes corporate customers, consumer enthusiasts, software and hardware vendors, and others. The code is not available for public download.

"We are still on schedule to deliver SP1 RTM in Q1 CY08. The final release date is based on quality, so we will continue to track customer and partner feedback from the beta program before setting a final date."

Microsoft released a publicly available test build of Windows Vista SP1 in December 2007.

Word on the Microsoft street is the Vista team is aiming to deliver the final SP1 code at the same time as Windows Server 2008 becomes available, which is expected in February (and some time before the big Windows Server 2008/SQL Server 2008/Visual Studio 2008 launch on February 27, 2008).

Microsoft also pushed out this week several new Windows Vista reliability and performance updates via Windows Update, as well as an update to the BitLocker encryption component of Windows Vista Enterprise and Windows Vista Ultimate that will be a prerequisite for SP1.

How's Vista SP1 looking, you 15,000 chosen testers?

Topics: Operating Systems, Microsoft, Software, Windows


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Vista on the up?

    I get the feeling that SP1 is only going to make Vista into a reasonable os at the end of the day, after all the hype has died away; a bit like XP SP1 - But XP SP2 really made XP the bees knees and the dog's as well. I wonder if a future SP2 will do the same for Vista?
    • Revisionist History

      Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 98 SE (solid), XP, XPSP1, XPSP2 (solid) and now Vista. It's comical how the haters keep their schtick going. Let's all move onto Ubuntu and peace and harmony will prevail.

      My new Vista lappy is running just fine thank you w/SP1 RC public release by the way.
      • not revisionist

        The problem that most people I talk with have is that a company with seemingly unlimited resources and talent cannot get an operating system on the first, or second try. This begs a couple of questions. 1) Should Microsoft really be dividing its efforts with side bets like Xbox and any other hardware concern? and 2) Should the style of release be changed? Perhaps a much larger GAMMA test procedure should be used, releasing the code to a large number of people, on different platforms, and CLOSELY monitoring problems before calling the code GOLD.
      • agree

        Gil--I could not agree with you more
  • My Vista SP1 Worked Great!

    Took it right back to XP SP2!
  • RE: Microsoft releases another Vista SP1 refresh to 15,000 testers

    The recent release via the Connect web site is build 744 and one of the items that caught my eye is the promise of 50% faster file transfers between two Vista SP1 machines. I'm loading it on a second machine to see if it is noticeable. It also promises more application compatibility.
    • Technique issue related to Windows Medial???

      I have downloaded or at least I thank I have the latest media player 9 but everytime I try to play a clip from internet, which by the way because of fixed finances I am using a dial-up modem through But I can't view any media clips at all even from here, it just keeps trying to buff and comes and goes since it can't get buffered I guess. Very frustrating does anyone have any solutions besides getting to a fast cable modem??? Please Help me send ideas to
  • As Requested!

    We moved some menus around!

    The truth if you can handle it!!

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    Secret Diark of Steve Ballmer</a> and my band <a
  • Tried SP1 - 5 BSOD's - will wait until Prod. release

    SP1 public beta downloaded last December and installed without a hitch, but I had 5 BSOD's with auto reboots in about 5-6 hours of use. Three BSOD's occurred in Medial Player, two in Firefox. Plus 2 playlists corrupted in Media Player along with a sidebar gadget.

    No data lost but they still didn't fix the UAC nags. Why not have a "do not ask me again" with a table (of permissions) like ZoneAlarm? If I say I trust something once, that should be enough. UAC will stay turned off until the nags stop.

    In the short time I used SP1 I noticed no observable deterioration of performance nor any increase. More RAM appeared to be used but not critical. Otherwise, everything worked as it should.

    Uninstalled SP1 - went smoothly and without a hitch. So far all is well again. I'll wait for the production SP1 and if that isn't a major improvement, I'm going back to XP.
    • "do not ask me again" allows malware to bypass UAC as well

      You'll never see a "do not ask me again" or "table of permissions" for UAC. It's because UAC doesn't know whether the action was initiated by you or by malware.

      For example, let's say I'm deleting several folders from Program Files. I will get a UAC prompt for each one. Let's say instead there was a "do not ask me again" option, and I selected it during the first one; I get no more UAC prompts when trying to delete these folders.

      Actually, the elevated COM object in this case, the one you'll see called "File Operation", is indeed for all elevated file operations, so you'd get no more UAC prompts for ANY file operation -- deleting, renaming, creating new files, altering file permissions.

      Anyways, let's say after this you accidentally browse to a site that's taking advantage of an unpatched remote execution hole in your browser or a media player (coughQuicktime). Some malicious code runs -- at this point in the context of your protected user account. The malware could now create an instance of the "file operation" elevated COM object, and because you supressed the prompts before, it's now created without any prompting. The malware can now party all over your file system.

      It's kind of like leaving your front door unlocked because you're the only one who ever enters your house -- without realizing that the whole point of the lock is to keep people who are not "you" from entering.

      Re: the BSOD... apps should never be causing BSODs. Hopefully error reporting will do its job and the bugs are being fixed. Just out of curiousity, do you remember the stop code or what driver caused it?
    • Similar BSOD experience on SP1

      I installed the SP1 public release on my Dell E1405 over Vista Ultimate and within a few hours, I too had several BSODs. I think most of them had to do with the Broadcom 802.11g wireless card, but I also had to disable Zone-Alarm (free version) to eliminate some wierd timeouts with network activity and launching applications.

      I let the bug reporting take place so that Microsoft could capture the error traces. I'm looking forward to SP1RC2 to see if the stability is better.

      It may be worth stating that the uninstall went smoothly and brought me back to what appeared to be the pre-SP1 state. That's good because I didn't want to have to re-ghost my hard drive from the image I made before installing SP1.
      • Zone Alarm BSOD

        Vista SP1 and Zone Alarm don't get along well at all. In the interim I've been using Comodo Firewall and AVG Antivirus - and no more BSOD's or 'Group Policy' lockouts. I've reported all the errors to both Zone Alarm (I tried their beta version which worked better, but still had issues) and to Microsoft. Hopefully when the final release is out they'll both behave better together, but for now they don't play nice!