Windows Vista SP1 is Fully Baked!

That's right! If you haven't already heard, Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) is finished, complete, in the can, DONE! As of yesterday, February 4, 2007, SP1 is officially released to manufacturing (RTM) - which means that OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) like Lenovo, Dell, HP, etc, have the final code. However, as Mike Nash, Corporate VP, Windows Product Management, tells us in his blog post, SP1 will not be available to the general public (a.k.a. you) until Mid-March. The reason? Those pesky IHV drivers. It seems some of the installation executables for various Vista drivers are written such that they would need to be reinstalled after upgrading to SP1. We figured John Q. Public wouldn't like that experience, so we are working closely with the IHVs to get the issue fixed. Again, look for general availability in Mid-March with Automatic Updating turned on for SP1 in mid-April. For more information, here's a couple of links for your reading pleasure:

 Mike Nash's Post

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