Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

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A Warning About the Windows Vista SP1 Beta Standalone Installer

By now you're aware that the Windows Vista SP1 Beta has been released to beta testers for a thorough shakedown. I just wanted to give anyone who still has UAC on a bit of warning. If you right-click the installer and select "Run as Administrator" first, then it won't take nearly as long to extract the files. Otherwise, it takes almost 15 minutes just to fail thrugh the copy the first time, until you finally get the UAC dialog.

Also, be aware that, while it says it can take up to 30 minutes, it's closer to an hour, and it will restart 3 or 4 times in the process (checking the box at the beginning is definitely advised). I've been running SP1 on my main machine for a few hours now, and it seems to be pretty stable. I'll have more on this later.



  • Robert, - I wish I had seen this about an hour ago!  However, it is working OK right now - on my third reboot.

    September 24, 2007 8:21 PM
  • Keeron said:

    Thanks Robert, just came back from work and about to start the installer :) Saved me few curses at the Windows team

    September 24, 2007 8:51 PM
  • zzz said:

    15 minutes

    30 minutes, it's closer to an hour

    restart 3 or 4 times

    Reasonable goal for RTM:

    10 minutes tops

    1 restart

    Technically I will claim it would be possible for 500 MB encrypted compressed transtacted and logged differential file copy installer to finish under 2 minutes with a current desktop PC and 2 GB of memory to work with.

    But performance probably has not been a design goal for Installer ever?

    September 25, 2007 1:28 AM
  • zzz said:

    ... make that tranSActed. And using a system with 7200 RPM NCQ enabled drive with next to no fragmentation and Windows files on the beginning of the drive. 3 GHz Core 2 CPU.

    September 25, 2007 1:34 AM
  • lic said:

    beta testers should test the SP1 with Vista default config. i.e. they should click on exe and give the consent to UAC.

    Installing it with Run as is not the default config.

    September 25, 2007 4:45 AM
  • microsoftuser said:

    Typical Microsoft.

    Installing a servicepack (ok beta) takes

    - 1 hour

    - 3/4 restarts

    Oh and if you have UAC on, you get an extra 30mins ...


    reminds me of visual studio 2005 SP1 beta

    Took 1 hour, eating 100% cpu during the entire install, and used 4GB harddisk during the install

    Come on Microsoft, fire the guys who write service packs like this!!!

    Come up with a solution which:

    - installs the service pack (under UAC) in like 10 minutes

    - no restarts

    Now that would be userfriendly!

    September 25, 2007 6:24 AM
  • In case you missed it, Windows Server 2008 RC0 is now available from Microsoft Downloads. Here is a link

    September 25, 2007 7:23 AM
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  • anonymous said:

    This is a clear sign of progress. OS takes 15-20 mins, service pack takes 1+ hour on my Core 2 Duo 2 GHz!!!

    September 26, 2007 2:32 AM
  • Blizz26 said:

    Installed sp1 with no problems. It did have to fix Media player 11. It got curruptd some how. After I reboted I notice a very big change in response time doing different tasks. It is speedier now. My rating on my system increased by 3. It now seems to like my memory better (4 gigs) .This was were it when up. So far so good. Took about 45min to install. and no crashes as to speak of. Have to see what the next brings

    September 30, 2007 4:23 PM
  • Brian said:

    I just finished doing the SP1 Upgrade using Microsoft.Windows.Vista.SP1.Update.32Bit.Build.6001.16659.Beta.1.READ.NFO-WinBeta and now above my system tray it says Windows Vista Evaluation copy build 6001.

    What's this about? In the properties it says windows is activated

    October 1, 2007 2:56 PM