Windows Vista SP1 available (since Tuesday)

Yes I know,a bit late and no I don’t want to get a haircut(you know who you are). So after these cryptic messages do I have something new to tell you about this release?Not really,except that finally all those holding out until SP1 can finally install Vista andthat SP1 comes packed with a few new cool features (e.g. the ability to apply Bitlockerencryption to all volumes including flash based ones…). In addition to that you may also want take a look at the list of incompatible drivers thatmay block the SP from being installed:http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=948343 So if you have the time … Continue reading Windows Vista SP1 available (since Tuesday)

Reclaiming disk space after Vista SP1 installation

After thinking about it, I came to the conclusion that this deserves a post of it’s own. The installation process of SP1 for Vista backs up all the files that it replaces to allow you to uninstall it.  If you are in dire need of free disk space you can use an integrated tool called Vsp1clean.exe (aka SP1 File Removal Tool). This tool will remove all the files that the installation backed up providing you with the additional disk space at the price of not being able to uninstall the service pack. So we will start with a copy of … Continue reading Reclaiming disk space after Vista SP1 installation

Vista SP1 deployment rants…

So since SP1 is finally final, I started playing around with it. One of the most importantfeatures for me was the ability to deploy it. So,wanting to hear it from the horses mouth,I downloaded the Windows Vista SP1 Guides for IT Professionals. After going over it I found a few points that surprised me: No option to slipstream. Integrating the SP into the OS is not possible althougha version that will have SP1 integrated will be made available (?!?). The SP can not be applied to an offline copy of Windows. This is kind of obviousif you read the previous … Continue reading Vista SP1 deployment rants…