Windows Vista Service Pack 1
When Microsoft launched Windows Vista, many users felt it was rushed into production before it was truly ready. Yes, it was easier to install and looked much prettier than Windows XP, but there were many kinks to iron out. Even hardware support was a problem, especially for printers and sound cards. A service pack would be necessary to make Windows Vista the operating system Microsoft promised it would be.
Microsoft is fully aware of how much of a premature baby Windows Vista was and had been working hard on Service Pack 1. In this article, we will take a look at what the upcoming Windows Vista Service Pack 1 will consist of. The following are Microsoft's latest lists of improvements and enhancements in Service Pack 1.
Hardware Support & Enhancements
- Adds support for new UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) industry standard PC firmware for 64-bit systems with functional parity with legacy BIOS firmware, which allows Windows Vista SP1 to install to GPT format disks, boot and resume from hibernate using UEFI firmware.
- Adds support for x64 EFI network boot.
- Adds support for Direct3D® 10.1, an update to Direct3D 10 that extends the API to support new hardware features, enabling 3D application and game developers to make more complete and efficient use of the upcoming generations of graphics hardware.
- Adds support for exFAT, a new file system supporting larger overall capacity and larger files, which will be used in Flash memory storage and consumer devices.
- Adds support for SD Advanced DMA (ADMA) on compliant SD standard host controllers. This new transfer mechanism, which is expected to be supported in SD controllers soon, will improve transfer performance and decrease CPU utilization.
- Adds support for creating a single DVD media that boots on PCs with either BIOS or EFI.
- Enhances support for high density drives by adding new icons and labels that will identify HD-DVD and Blu-ray Drives as high density drives.
- Adds support to enable new types of Windows Media Center Extenders, such as digital televisions and networked DVD players, to connect to Windows Media Center PCs.