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Photos: installing Vista SP1 beta

We've downloaded the standalone installer for Windows Vista SP1 build 6001.16659 and installed it on a few systems. Here are some of the most significant changes.

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Don't expect huge UI changes after installing SP1 — the changes are small and subtle. In fact, if you're not familiar with Windows Vista, you might miss the SP1 changes. Here's an image gallery showing some of the most significant changes in build 6001.16659.

Disk Defragmenter now allows you to pick volumes to defragment Search option removed from the Start menu. Other points worth noting: the install process took about 40 minutes on our system; the system rebooted 4 times; so far, we've not come across any SP1 related issues

What we're really interested in seeing is how performance and reliability is affected. Stay tuned. For more on what's in Vista SP1, see Microsoft's SP1 Beta White Paper.

 

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Installing Vista SP1.

 

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Installing Vista SP1.

 

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Installing Vista SP1.

 

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Installing Vista SP1.

 

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Installing Vista SP1.

 

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Installing Vista SP1.

 

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SP1: installed successfully.

 

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Where are those Windows Vista Ultimate Extras?

 

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A handy tool for creating a recovery disc.

 

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Disk Defragmenter allows you to select volumes to defragment.

 

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The Search link on the right-hand side of the Start Menu is gone.

 

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Back to using an evaluation copy of Vista ... so soon.

 

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Oddly enough, the Windows Experience Index score increases by 0.1 point.

 

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