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Why SP1 may not be available for you and how to get it

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    Why SP1 may not be available for you and how to get it

    Hello everyone,

    If the final Vista SP1 did not show up for you in your Windows Update in the Control Panel (Classic View), then this may help explain why and how to get it to.

    Why you may not have SP1 in Windows Update:
    Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is not available for installation from Windows Update and is not offered by Automatic Updates





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    What 32-bit or 64-bit Vista do I have?
    • Open the Control Panel (Classic View) and click the System icon, or right click Computer in the Start Menu and click on Properties. You will see the bit version under the System type section.


    SP1 Release Notes:


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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    Re: Why SP1 may not be available for you

    Thanks, Brink. Its good to have that in one place. The frustrating thing for me is that none of that applies to my laptop at all (Home Premium) but it still does not show up in Windows Update. Grr. On my desktop i realized i had allowed the language packs (all of them) to be installed back in the fall and i'm in the process of uninstalling them before i expect to see SP1 there (Vista Ultimate). Oh well, i guess i'll keep clicking "check for updates" periodically...

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    Re: Why SP1 may not be available for you and how to get it

    I read this KB bulletin a hundred times and I still cannot figure out why Win Updates does not offer SP1 when I check of updates. I mean I went through it with a fine tooth combe and didn't see any reason why it isn't offered (got new bios, new drivers, new evryting just to meet the requirements... still nothing).

    I wish MS Update could give out a small diagnotic message indicating why it isn't being offered when it runs. I guess it would be too much to ask MS to do that for major releases like SP!

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    Re: Why SP1 may not be available for you and how to get it

    Hi Ronpou,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    I'm not sure why you are not recieving it through Windows Update yet.
    Have you tried downloading and using the standalone SP1 installers yet?


    You might see if you can find out why in this link. It is the Microsoft Vista SP1 forum.

    Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) - TechNet Forums

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    Re: Why SP1 may not be available for you and how to get it

    What About vista x86?

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    Re: Why SP1 may not be available for you and how to get it

    Hi Samboread,

    Welcome to Vista Forums.

    Have you already tried installing the 32 bit (x86) standalone download to see if it will work for you?

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    Re: Why SP1 may not be available for you and how to get it

    No I haven't... I will try later..

    Cheers

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    Re: Why SP1 may not be available for you and how to get it

    I believe all my drivers are up to date. I do however, have an unofficial driver for my nVidia GeForce 8700M GT from LaptopVideo2Go. Would using an unofficial driver prevent SP1 from being available via the automatic updater?

    Do all my hardware drivers need to be up-to-date to get the service pack, or just the critical ones like video, sound, etc.?

    Is it best to use the updated drivers provided by Windows Update, or to download from the original manufacturer's site? I've read horror stories about some bad drivers being downloaded through the MS updater.

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    Re: Why SP1 may not be available for you and how to get it

    Hi OmegaWolf,

    Having unsigned or unofficial drivers could prevent the SP1 from showing up in Windows Update. While you should always have the latest driver version, I believe that as long as it's not to out of date and is signed, then it should be fine. You might try the standalone version of the SP1 to see if it will install for you. There have been a lot less problems reported with using that version than through Windows Update.

    I always found it best to get the drivers from the original manufacturer's site for the correct and latest versions.

    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Why SP1 may not be available for you and how to get it

    Get this for serously messed up.

    Operating with:
    ASUS M2N-E Sli board with Nvidia chipset + Drivers
    AMD Black edition 3.2G dual core 64Bit processor
    3BG Ram
    BFG 8800GTX OC Graphics
    Vista Ultimate X64
    500GB WD Hard Drive
    Plus more info if you need it.

    I have been pulling my hair out with Vista and I'm starting to wish I didnt waste my cash on it.

    I have updated vista with every update I can possibly do, those that have failed I have downloaded individually and each time Vista tells me the update does not apply to my machine. Fair enough I suppose.

    Now, I'm trying to install SP1 through win update, every time I try, it gets all the way to the end stage 1 and 2 complete fully, stage 3 reads 100% complete and then it decides what SP1 didnt install correctly and therefore it reverts the entire system back to how it was with no explaination what so ever. No error messages no nothing.

    Anyone had this happen to them?

    I have used both Win update and Standalone SP1 updates.

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