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  1. #1
    alp
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    Default Should I install SP1?

    I have Windows Vista Home Premium.

    Windows Updates wants me install Service Pack 1.

    1) I am up-to-date with Windows Updates, so do I really need the Service Pack?

    2) Also, isn't it just going to take up unnecessary hard drive space since most of the fixes in SP1 were already downloaded by Windows Updates?

    3) Does SP1 automatically not install whatever is already on the computer?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.


  2. #2
    Colin Barnhorst Guest

    Default Re: Should I install SP1?

    "alp" <alp.3cttdy@winvistaclub.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > I have Windows Vista Home Premium.
    >
    > Windows Updates wants me install Service Pack 1.
    >
    > 1) I am up-to-date with Windows Updates, so do I really need the
    > Service Pack?
    >
    > 2) Also, isn't it just going to take up unnecessary hard drive space
    > since most of the fixes in SP1 were already downloaded by Windows
    > Updates?
    >
    > 3) Does SP1 automatically not install whatever is already on the
    > computer?
    >
    > Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    >
    >
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    The download will be around 65mb and yes you should install it. There are
    functionalities not addressed by any update. A service pack is not simply a
    rollup of updates. SP1 will not download or install unneeded updates. If
    you don't install it there will be a point when Windows Update will not
    offer security updates except to SP1 users anymore. See:
    http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Win...36b281033.mspx


  3. #3
    Redviper Guest

    Default Re: Should I install SP1?


    Sure, if you don't have any other issues with your box. I haven't
    noticed anything major since SP1, but I haven't had any problems either,
    but that was true before I installed it.


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    TaurArian Guest

    Default Re: Should I install SP1?

    Yes, you should install SP1 - for your information -

    http://technet2.microsoft.com/Window....mspx?mfr=true
    Overview of Windows Vista Service Pack 1
    SP1 have improvements and enhancements to existing features but it does not deliver new
    operating system features.

    http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Win...36b281033.mspx
    What's included in Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1)

    Things to know before you download Windows Vista SP1
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/w.../bb968859.aspx

    When downloading the file using auto updates, it will only download what it needs for your
    system.
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    "alp" <alp.3cttdy@winvistaclub.com> wrote in message news:alp.3cttdy@winvistaclub.com...
    |
    | I have Windows Vista Home Premium.
    |
    | Windows Updates wants me install Service Pack 1.
    |
    | 1) I am up-to-date with Windows Updates, so do I really need the
    | Service Pack?
    |
    | 2) Also, isn't it just going to take up unnecessary hard drive space
    | since most of the fixes in SP1 were already downloaded by Windows
    | Updates?
    |
    | 3) Does SP1 automatically not install whatever is already on the
    | computer?
    |
    | Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    |
    |
    | --
    | alp
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    | alp's Profile: http://winvistaclub.com/forum/member.php?userid=57
    | View this thread: http://winvistaclub.com/forum/showthread.php?t=15246
    |



  5. #5
    John Barnett MVP Guest

    Default Re: Should I install SP1?

    Regardless of how up to date your machine is, I you haven't installed SP1,
    then windows updates has not downloaded everything that SP1 has to offer,
    including some additional functionality downloads.

    While it is true SP1 will take up additional space the backup files can
    actually be quite easily removed (see this link from my website:
    http://vistasupport.mvps.org/remove-...ckup-files.htm );
    however, I should point out that once you have removed the backup files you
    will be unable to 'uninstall' SP1.

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    "alp" <alp.3cttdy@winvistaclub.com> wrote in message
    news:alp.3cttdy@winvistaclub.com...
    >
    > I have Windows Vista Home Premium.
    >
    > Windows Updates wants me install Service Pack 1.
    >
    > 1) I am up-to-date with Windows Updates, so do I really need the
    > Service Pack?
    >
    > 2) Also, isn't it just going to take up unnecessary hard drive space
    > since most of the fixes in SP1 were already downloaded by Windows
    > Updates?
    >
    > 3) Does SP1 automatically not install whatever is already on the
    > computer?
    >
    > Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    >
    >
    > --
    > alp
    > ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > alp's Profile: http://winvistaclub.com/forum/member.php?userid=57
    > View this thread: http://winvistaclub.com/forum/showthread.php?t=15246
    >


  6. #6
    ceed Guest

    Default Re: Should I install SP1?

    alp wrote:

    |
    |I have Windows Vista Home Premium.
    |
    |Windows Updates wants me install Service Pack 1.
    |
    |1) I am up-to-date with Windows Updates, so do I really need the
    |Service Pack?
    |
    |2) Also, isn't it just going to take up unnecessary hard drive space
    |since most of the fixes in SP1 were already downloaded by Windows
    |Updates?
    |
    |3) Does SP1 automatically not install whatever is already on the
    |computer?
    |
    |Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    The one good reason I've found to install SP1 is the increased file
    copy speed. It's better in SP1 but still sluggish compared to previous
    versions of Vista and other comparable operating systems.

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    //ceed

  7. #7
    Duane Hebert Guest

    Default Re: Should I install SP1?


    "ceed" <cdpostbox-usenet@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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    > alp wrote:
    >
    > |
    > |I have Windows Vista Home Premium.
    > |
    > |Windows Updates wants me install Service Pack 1.
    > |
    > |1) I am up-to-date with Windows Updates, so do I really need the
    > |Service Pack?
    > |
    > |2) Also, isn't it just going to take up unnecessary hard drive space
    > |since most of the fixes in SP1 were already downloaded by Windows
    > |Updates?
    > |
    > |3) Does SP1 automatically not install whatever is already on the
    > |computer?
    > |
    > |Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    >
    > The one good reason I've found to install SP1 is the increased file
    > copy speed. It's better in SP1 but still sluggish compared to previous
    > versions of Vista and other comparable operating systems.


    Ditto for faster network access. Still not blazing but better. I also seem
    to have "Explorer has detected a fault and will restart" or whatever less
    often.

    Can't answer the OP's questions though but it seems like SP1 is
    more than just the accumulated updates since I was up to date
    as well but the file and network access were still slow.


  8. #8
    ceed Guest

    Default Re: Should I install SP1?

    Duane Hebert wrote:

    |Can't answer the OP's questions though but it seems like SP1 is
    |more than just the accumulated updates since I was up to date
    |as well but the file and network access were still slow.

    A good overview of SP1 here:

    http://technet2.microsoft.com/Window....mspx?mfr=true

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  9. #9
    alp
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    Ok, guys, thanks.
    I downloaded it through Windows update.
    So far so good.

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