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Microsoft releases more Vista SP1 details

A lengthly 17-pages document has been published on Microsoft's website (opens in new tab) (and others) detailing the major and minor changes that will come with Windows forthcoming Vista Service Pack.

This document describes many of the notable changes in Windows Vista SP1, with the exception of some updates to the Windows Genuine Advantage experience which we are still developing for our customers and will be released in a later build.

The most important hardware change is the added support for Direct3D 10.1 which will allow "3D application and game developers to make more complete and efficient use of the upcoming generations of graphics hardware" and is something AMD/ATI have been banking on.

The service pack will also try to iron out issues that caused many crashes and system hang, including Windows Calendar, Windows Media Player, and a number of drivers included with Windows Vista.

Uses will also experience an overall jump in performance with SP1 thanks to a number of minor adjustments including a boost to the effectiveness of Windows ReadyBoost.

Comments on a website that reported the Changelog showed that there were some glaring misses like the lack of support for vector-based icons.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.