Many people are awaiting the arrival of SP1 before they switch to Vista with the expectations that it will bring the massive improvements that SP1 did for XP. That same group of people may just be sadly disappointed. On Monday, Microsoft began releasing SP1 to beta testers around the globe, so details of just what is include have been popping up.
The update runs in the range of 51MB to 679.6MB but many places suggest that it's closer to the former than to the latter. Some performance issues have been cleared up such as better responsiveness upon logging in and virtually no wait between hitting CTRL+ALT+DEL and getting to the task menu. The update is focused mainly on enhancing features already in the OS rather then adding a boatload of new features.
"I've also taken notice to improvements in overall responsiveness of my PCs. Improvements were also noticeable in resuming from Hibernation or Sleep on both my desktop PC and laptop running SP1. I discovered copying files from one directory to another is a bit faster. And on my laptop - battery life seems to be improved since running SP1
," said Brandon LeBlanc over on the Windows Vista blog
"I have also noticed that transferring files to my shares on my Windows Home Server are a bit faster than they were previously without SP1. Overall performance in accessing my mapped network shares is improved as well. I store quite a bit of data on my Windows Home Server so this was a huge plus for me. These are just some of the performance improvements I've seen running SP1 so far
Wireless connectivity and dual monitor issues on laptops seems to have been addressed as well, with many reporting better connectivity and functionality between the two.
Of course, SP1 also includes the requisite rollup of all security updates since the launch of Vista. A full detailed list of just what is included can be found over in Microsoft's Knowledge Base
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