Vista SP1 RC1 available to the general public next week

By on December 5, 2007, 4:09 PM
Confirming earlier rumors, Microsoft has announced it has reached “release candidate” status with the first service pack for Windows Vista and plans to make it publicly available next week. The company also said it is on track to deliver the final SP1 build in the first calendar quarter of 2008.

Service Pack 1 won’t offer many new features to users. Instead, the update is a collection of bug fixes and improvements designed to fix Vista’s nagging performance problems including long start-up, shutdown and application load times.

Microsoft also recently announced that, with the introduction of SP1, it plans to do away with its so-called antipiracy kill switch. However, it appears that the antipiracy mechanism couldn’t be removed in time for the RC1 release, so pirates will have to wait until RC2 to get their Windows Vista Free Edition.

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canadian said:
Yay, I am so going to try and get this!
phantasm66 said:
I plan on installing it the day its out.
PanicX said:
Cool, check this out and post back from your linux box if it bricks your PC.
phantasm66 said:
I'm dual booting with a proper backup strategy, baby!
Nadeem97 said:
[b]Originally posted by PanicX:[/b][quote]Cool, check this out and post back from your linux box if it bricks your PC.[/quote]you're an *****
icye said:
If it is like XP Service Pack 1 and all the headaches it caused me, I pass on downloading it for now.
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