Vista’s first Service Pack hits Windows Update
To separate Microsoft’s word from fact, PC World has taken a more analytical approach as to whether SP1 is really worth it…
Third-party software companies will have mixed reactions to SP1. While it will open up access to the built-in search functionality for third-party desktop search apps, it has already raised problems for some third-party security software vendors whose utilities have been disrupted by the update.
On the security front, the service pack enables single sign-on for authenticated wired networks, which should streamline the end user experience in enterprise environments, in addition to many other updates.
While most users are likely to find Vista SP1 benign (if not beneficial), some organizations–such as large corporate IT departments–may wish to wait a while before deploying this software update. To do so, administrators should download the Windows Service Pack Blocker Tool, which will prevent the service pack from being installed
If for some reason Automatic Updates ignores SP1 next month, there are many possible explanations – the most notable would be if you have specific drivers installed that fail to update during SP1 installation.