Vista SP1 – About Bloody Time!

// March 19th, 2008 // Geeky Stuff, General

Microsoft have now released their first Service Pack for Windows Vista to the public. I just did an update for Defender and my sound card drivers, then it showed it as available. I’m downloading it right now.

There are two things that I hope to be fixed in this update:

  • Faster file manipulation – Copying files on Vista has been a painfully slow affair. I’ve often given up because it’s taken forever to copy a 500Mb video to my PSP, or to my phone, or even to another HDD on the same PC! Early reports say this has been improved by up to 50%. I’d like to see it for myself.
  • Folder Viewing – I like to have My Computer to show the items as Tiles grouped by Type, and everything else to be as Details not grouped showing the size, type and date modified for each file (in that order). However, Vista has taken it upon itself to change random folders to the former view and not keep it on the latter! Also when I change them back, I have to add the extra columns and rearrange them myself for each folder. It’s extremely annoying and something which never cropped up in any previous version of Windows!

I’ll let you all know how it’s gone once I’ve installed the new service pack.

[ UPDATE ] Just came back on to add the screencap above and to make a note for anyone upgrading to SP1. The installation advises that it may take up to an hour to complete and the computer will be restarted several times during the update. My advice is to perform the update at a time when you’re not planning to use your computer for a while.

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