Microsoft has finally released Windows Vista Service Pack 1 final to the public. It has been released before, weeks ago, to MSDN subscribers and beta testers. It’s also been “released” at Windows Update, if you knew the workaround, and to *ahem* torrent sites.
If you are waiting for the public final release (like me), then you can go and download the Service Pack 1 stand alone installer now at Microsoft’s website!
Windows Vista Service Pack 1 offers numerous bug fixes and performance increase. It will definitely speed up your files transfer speed and also some other areas that makes Vista more stable and usable.
If you are having problems with your devices (such as printers, scanners, etc), don’t expect Vista Service Pack 1 to fix it. It may or may not (it contains a lot of new drivers on the service pack 1, but it will be a gamble whether your device is in it)
If you are using Windows Vista, however, I’d highly recommend you to download and install Vista Service Pack 1!
If you already have the Service Pack 1 Beta or RC (Release Candidate) installed, you need to uninstall it first before installing the official service pack:
- Go to your Windows Control Panel
- Uninstall a Program
- View Installed Updates (menu on the left)
- Find “Service Pack for Microsoft Windows (KB936330) and uninstall it first