Automatic Distribution of Windows Vista SP1 Begins
By Michael Santo
Wednesday, in a post on the Windows Vista Team Blog, Microsoft announced that they had begun automatic distribution of Windows Vista SP1. What this means if that if you have Windows Updates set to automatically download and install on your PC, Windows Update will automatically download SP1 to your PC, after which a few clicks (for the EULA, naturally) will be required for the install to begin.
Until now users had to either manually download a standalone installer or install from Windows Update manually. Only English, French, German, Spanish, or Japanese languages are currently being distributed automatically, however.
Also, it should be noted there are a few issues that may prevent automatic downloading from occurring, most prevalent of which is the “old driver issue,” in which SP1 can’t be installed because older drivers may cause an endless reboot cycle.
While Microsoft outlines this and other issues on this web page, why they haven’t provided a tool that indicates a) which driver is the problem, where to get an update - if available - is beyond me. For most end users trying to search down which driver is the issue is beyond their capability.
And in that case, I would label Microsoft’s automatic distribution of SP1 as “somewhat” automatic.
So what this means for you as a user of vista, that if you have auto updates on there will be a wopping 300 meg update file ramed down yout internet pipe any day now, if this is not what you want then turn off auto updates or change it to aprove updates before downloading... as for some users it will take a wile