With Vista SP1 RTM'ing (release to manufacture) I decided to install it on my work laptop, the Toshiba R500. The Windows Vista SP1 Update is around 550MB and it was an absolute breeze to set up. It took about an hour and a bit to finish up and after a few restarts I was ready to use my laptop again. After the first few hours of use I did notice a performance increase with applications loading up faster. Resuming from sleep mode also is quicker and the lag when logging in isn't there for me anymore. One of the things I noticed pre-SP1 that I found annoying was viewing images in the photo gallery. Whenever I use to click on an image or photo it would take a while to load up the image but now it loads up straight away. Copying files is definitely faster, I tried copying from an external disk and from the network drive and was happy with the results. SP1 is great for IT Professionals because it will make your life easier around deployment and management of the technology. You will be able to maintain a single WinPE image because you can install 64-bit versions of Vista from a 32-bit OS. There is improvements in BitLocker drive encryption, it offers a multifactor authentication method which combines a key protected by TPM with a startup key on a USB device and a user generated PIN. There is also improvements in patch deployment and installation times for updates. There are many more changes so check out the plethora of improvements in Service Pack 1.
When can you get your hands on it? From the Windows Vista Team Blog- Here's the timing for SP1 availability for current Windows Vista users:
Maybe we should throw a party in March for SP1? Ill talk to Windows guys about it...
Why so long for releasing a RTM to public???
Oh No... I'm eagerly waiting to upgrade... :(
Why can't they at least post it to MSDN for us subscribers to grab? We're obviously technical people, so why make use wait another 6 weeks??!
Even us beta testers are still out in the cold - I'd expected the release of the final service pack to hit connect at the same time as Server 2008 RTM (which arrived 2 days ago). That way at least the people who've helped test SP1 would have it.
Your wishes have been granted. TechNet and MSDN Subscribers will be able to get their hands on SP1 sooner than public RTM. http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsvista/archive/2008/02/11/windows-vista-sp1-availability-for-technical-customers.aspx
Can't wait till March.. or maybe I can ask a TechNet/MSDN subscriber friend to get it for me ^^