What Are the Benefits?
What do I need to know before installing SP1?
What Do I Need to Do Before Installing SP1?Make sure your computer is up-to-date with Windows Update and there is a minimum of 7 GB free disk space. The service pack will install with 5 GB free space, but some system restore points may be deleted to free additional space. It is recommended that you backup any critical data before installing SP1.
Do I Need to Update any Programs for Compatibility with Vista SP1?While most programs that run under Windows Vista should run with SP1, you may want to check with the software manufacturer.
How Do I Install Vista SP1?For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How Long Does It Take to Install?For most customers, the download size will be between 60-90 MB. For dialup connections, this download could take hours. Following the download, your computer will reboot several times during the install and can take approximately 45 minutes - 2 hours to complete.
Where can I get SP1?
Do I Need to Purchase SP1?Vista SP1 will be a free download offered through Windows Update. If you have Windows Update enabled, your computer is set to automatically receive SP1. For more information, visit the following Microsoft web site:
If Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is not offered by Windows Update, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article to resolve the problem:
948343 Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 service packs are not available for installation through Windows Update
How Do I Install Service Pack 1?For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
What if I have a problem with SP1?
What if I have a problem with SP1?As of the writing of this article, the Microsoft Knowledge Base has the following articles related to problems with SP1:
Other Questions Regarding Vista SP1
Can I upgrade to a different version of Vista after installing SP1?You must install Vista SP1 before upgrading.
How Do I Remove SP1?
How Can I Tell if SP1 Is Installed?
The information contained in the above article consists of excerpts from the Microsoft Knowledge Base. The technical information and troubleshooting described herein are for informational purposes only. For the complete selection of articles, search for Vista SP1 content at the following Microsoft support Web site:
Article ID: 959064 - Last Review: Jul 14, 2009 - Revision: 1