While it's always good to install the latest code for any operating system, installing the Windows Vista SP1 update will require some casual users to spend a few hours without any visible or tangible improvements to their systems.
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The software giant plans to release the first service pack for the nearly year-old Office 2010 on time.
The new Release Candidate editions for Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 will be the last public test versions before their final releases next year.
In its first comments on what will be in the first service pack for Windows 7, Microsoft says it will include only minor updates. No ETA given.
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Microsoft says that, contrary to its Monday statement yesterday, online retailers will indeed have boxed copies of the OS starting this week. Amazon will be able to ship its copies, as it had promised, starting tomorrow.
Windows Vista SP1 installation
The software maker says the first major update to Windows Vista can now be downloaded via Windows Update or from Microsoft's Web site. However, Microsoft is programming machines to postpone the update if they spot incompatible drivers.
People ordering Windows Vista SP1 can expect the operating system upgrade to ship on Wednesday, according to Amazon's e-commerce site.