The first service pack for Microsoft’s Vista operating system is available for manual download to the general public from today.
The vendor announced that Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) can now be downloaded from its Windows Update or Microsoft Download centre websites.
Microsoft New Zealand Windows platform marketing manager David Rayner says SP1 offers improvements to specific security, reliability and performance issues, as well as providing support for new types of hardware and several emerging standards.
Rayner adds Vista had fewer vulnerabilities than its predecessor, XP, in its first 12 months on the market. “[Vista] is the most secure and reliable operating system Microsoft has ever produced. SP1 builds on the progress made to date and helps deliver a better and more consistent Windows Vista user experience.”
Users who have set Windows Update to automatically download updates will find the software automatically downloaded to their PCs in mid-April.
The company has long said that SP1 would come out in the first quarter. A major hint that the release was imminent came on Monday with an Amazon.com listing of Windows Vista that included SP1 and said that the product would be available on Wednesday.
It has been a long trek for Microsoft up to the release of SP1. Microsoft inadvertently posted SP1 to Windows Update in February, although few people were actually able to download it from there. Microsoft also had some hiccups with an update designed as a prerequisite for SP1 that caused some users to get stuck in a reboot cycle.