The wait is over. Windows Vista Service Pack 1 RTM is now available for download. Both the 32-bit and the 64-bit editions of the service pack are up for grabs. Microsoft confirmed the information leaked by Amazon.com at the end of the past week that Vista SP1 was going to be made available on March 18, 2008. And the Redmond company met the initially announced delivery schedule which pointed to mid-March ever since February 4, 2008 when the service pack was released to manufacturing. At this point in time x86 and x64 Windows Vista SP1 are both up for grabs either as standalone packages or through Windows Update.
“Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) is an update to Windows Vista that addresses feedback from our customers. In addition to previously released updates, SP1 will contain changes focused on addressing specific reliability, performance, and compatibility issues; supporting new types of hardware; and adding support for several emerging standards,” reads a fragment of the Vista SP1 description.
Windows6.0-KB936330-X86-wave0.exe and the Windows6.0-KB936330-X64-wave0.exe downloads weigh in at 434.5 MB and respectivelly 726.5 MB, being tailored to integrate with both 32-bit and 64-bit Vista operating systems. As Microsoft revealed following RTM, only a select few languages are supported in the March release. The standalone version of Vista SP1 can be integrated exclusively with copies of Vista RTM with these language versions: English (US), French, German, Japanese, or Spanish (Traditional).
“Today, you can now download Windows Vista SP1 via Windows Update. For those of you eager to receive the benefits of Windows Vista SP1 – you can now do so! We’ve seen quite a bit of questions in our comments so we want to communicate as much as possible surrounding Windows Vista SP1 and today’s release to Windows Update as we can,” stated Nick White, Windows Vista Product Manager. “Those of you who find that SP1 isn’t offered over Windows Update even after updating all your drivers, but would still like to download it can access our “standalone installer” from the Microsoft Download Center.”
Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Five Language Standalone for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the operating system is available for download HERE.
By: Marius Oiaga, Technology News Editor http://www.softpedia.com
The vast majority of the driver problems have been fixed, as Vista SP1 was moving from Release Candidate stage to RTM. But at the same time, there are drivers that will prevent users of the Vista operating system from deploying SP1. White stated that Microsoft was working with hardware manufacturers in order to make available functional drivers for the remaining devices. Windows Update will not offer SP1 to the users whose systems contain components with the problematic drivers.
“We identified a small number of device drivers that may be problematic after an update from Windows Vista to Windows Vista SP1. As a result, we spent the past month or so working with our partners on driver updates for these issues. Of these drivers, most already have updated versions on Windows Update and are available for download now as optional updates. In a few weeks, we’ll start to deliver these updated drivers to PCs automatically via Windows Update,” White added.
Updating the drivers to the correct versions that gully support, Vista SP1 is the only way to access the service pack via WU. “Windows Update will recognize PCs with drivers that may be problematic and postpone offering SP1 to those PCs until it has installed corrected drivers or other applicable updates. Either way, Windows Update works to detect whether or not your system is ready for SP1 and not offer it to you until the time is right. Those of you who find that SP1 isn’t offered over Windows Update even after updating all your drivers, but would still like to download it can access our ‘standalone installer’ from the Microsoft Download Center,” White said.
• For x86-based computers: Alcxwdm.sys – version 188.8.131.5242 or earlier
• For x64-based computers: Alcwdm64.sys – version 184.108.40.20642 or earlier
• For x86-based computers: Sthda.sys – version 5.10.5762.0 or earlier
• For x64-based computers: Sthda64.sys – version 5.10.5762.0 or earlier
• For x86-based computers: Stwrt.sys – version 6.10.5511.0 or earlier
• For x64-based computers: Stwrt64.sys – version 6.10.5511.0 or earlier
• For x86-based and x64-based computers: Ctaud2k.sys – version 220.127.116.112 or earlier
• For x86-based computers: P17.sys – all versions (This was originally a Windows XP-based driver.)
Conexant HD Audio
• For x86-based computers: Chdart.sys – version 18.104.22.168 or earlier
• For x64-based computers: Chdart64.sys – version 22.214.171.124 or earlier
Biometric (Fingerprint) Sensors
• AuthenTec Fingerprint Sensor with the Atswpdrv.sys driver file – version 126.96.36.199 or earlier
• UPEK Fingerprint Sensor with the Tcusb.sys driver file – version 188.8.131.52 or earlier
• For x86-based computers: Igdkmd32.sys – versions between and including driver 184.108.40.2062 and 220.127.116.113
• For x64-based computers: Igdkmd64.sys – versions between and including driver 18.104.22.1682 and 22.214.171.1243
• Texas Instruments Smart Card Controller with the GTIPCI21.sys driver file – version 126.96.36.199 or earlier
• Sierra Wireless AirCard 580 with the Watcher.exe application – version 188.8.131.52 or earlier (This application is located in the AirCard 580 Program Files folder.)
Symantec software driver for Symantec Endpoint Protection and for Symantec Network Access Control clients
• For x86-based computers: Wgx.sys – versions 11.0.1000.1091 or earlier
• For x64-based computers: Wgx64.sys – versions 11.0.1000.1091 or earlier
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