Installing Windows Vista Service Pack 1

Microsoft shipped the first Windows Vista service pack, Windows Vista Service Pack 1
(SP1), a little more than a year after it first made Windows Vista broadly available to consumers in January 2007. This section highlights the ways in which you can upgrade if you’re still running the original version of Vista.

• Automatic—Windows Update: Most users will want to upgrade to Service Pack 1 automatically using the Automatic Updating functionality in Windows Update. You won’t have to try hard to make this happen, as SP1 will show up as a recommended update and prompt you to install. Windows Update–based installs offer another advantage. They are typically much smaller than the standalone installer, and thus install faster because Windows Update can intelligently detect exactly which components need to be updated and then download only those components.

• Manual—Download the standalone installer: This is the brute-force install technique and is provided primarily for IT administrators who need to deploy SP1 to multiple PCs. There are two versions of the standalone installer, a 316MB version aimed at English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish versions of Windows Vista, and a larger version for all languages. To find this update, search the Microsoft Downloads Web site ( for KB936330, the Windows Vista Service Pack 1 Five Language Standalone, or for KB936330, the Windows Vista Service Pack 1 All Language Standalone installer. (This is a bit of an oversimplification. If you’re running a 64-bit x64 version of Windows Vista, you’ll need the x64 SP1 versions instead. Fortunately, the KB numbers are the same. Just add x64 to the search string to find the right files.) The standalone installer setup process is wizard-based and very straightforward. It requires one reboot and is usually completed in less than half an hour.

You can tell which version of Windows Vista you’re running by opening the System Properties window (from the Start Menu, right-click Computer and choose Properties) and examining the top section, Windows Edition. If you see a line that reads Service Pack 1, then you’re up-to-date. Otherwise, you’ll need to upgrade to Service Pack 1.

Source of Information : Wiley Windows Vista Secrets SP1 Edition

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