Speaking of service packs, that new beta build of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 that almost went live a week ago still has yet to surface. But it may be waiting in the wings, as a few resourceful Vista tinkerers discovered this past weekend.
"Seems with a little tweak, the old registry file that Microsoft provided to testers (that got leaked) can be used to download a new build of Vista SP1, 6001.17036," reported an "All About Microsoft" reader. There's "no way to really tell at the moment if its the RC (Release Candidate) build, but I guess things are pretty imminent now."
On the "My Digital Life" site, there's more information:
"Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta build 6001.16659.070916-1443 v.275 has been upgraded to new version, and in the same time also patched and closed the hole of use registry tweak that allows previous release of Vista SP1 beta to be downloaded from Windows Update. However, the registry hack to download Vista SP1 beta still work with minor change to registry key to download the latest version of the service pack. However, it’s not certain if the new release is the Service Pack 1 Release Candidate (RC) Preview that accidentally leaked to MSDN earlier this month, and the name in Windows Update still says it’s Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Beta."
Microsoft has declined to provide any more details of its timetable for Vista SP1, beyond stating that the company is hoping to deliver the final SP1 code in the first calendar quarter of 2008.
Microsoft officials declined to say when the company plans to make a test build of Vista SP1 avaiable for download by more testers via the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN). Currently, about 12,000 testers are dabbling with Vista SP1 test builds.
Update: Vista users who don't want to wait until SP1 might be interested in the three newest Vista updates that Microsoft will be rolling out via Windows Update this week. There's yet another general reliability and performance update; a Windows Media Center update; and a USB core update all coming down the pike this week.