If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy
James Madison (American 4th US President (1809-17), and one of the founding fathers of his country. 1751-1836)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Vista SP1 is finally out!

Well is finally here...Vista SP1. So, does this mean there will be a mass exodus to Vista...hrm? Probably not. I now when Vista first came out there were A LOT of folks that said they would hold out until SP1 came out and any post deployment bugs worked out. I was one of them, but unlike the die hard hold outs I did upgrade and to be previous negative reviews were in fact related to adopting Vista while those post deployment bugs existed. Seems pretty stable now...and I am actually looking forward to upgrading to SP1.

Prior to upgrading you will have to remove the previous SP1 Betas and Release Candidates (RC1/build 6001/KB936330). I will detail the RC removal as that is what I have and can't speak for the betas. You can do this the automated way via "Programs and Features" removal or you can go the manual route via the command prompt.

Automated: Start->Control Panel->Programs and Features->View Installed Updates then uninstall "windows vista service pack - KB936330".

type "cmd" in the Search box under the Start menu and right-click selecting "Run as administrator" from the contextual menu that will pop up. Identify the build number of your previous Vista SP1 installation and put in the following command: "start /w pkgmgr /up: VistaSP1-KB936330~31bf3856ad364e35~x86~~6.0.0.". This is obviously valid for 32-bit machines. On 64-bit computers replace "x86" with "amd64". For confirmation enter "winver" and press Enter in the Run dialog box.

On a side note...if you do plan to upgrade to Vista...GO FOR THE X64 VERSION. It really doesn't make any sense to upgrade to the 32-bit version at this point...go for the version with room to grow...X64.

UPDATE:: Be ready for this SP1 update to take an hour to install from start to finish. Hopefully you will get this bad boy via automatic updates and don't have to wait.


Vista SP1 x32 (32-bit)

Vista SP1 x64 (64-bit)

No comments: