A little more than one year after its release, Windows Vista will receive its first service pack update in March. Microsoft says the pack will offer better compatibility with third-party hardware, increased reliability, tighter security, and better performance.
But unlike the last Windows Service Pack release, Windows XP SP2--which offered users a new Windows. Firewall, an improved Automatic Updates feature, and a pop-up ad blocker for Internet Explorer--Windows Vista Service Pack 1 is largely a code update, devoid of new eye candy, and very light on "must-have" features for home users. Most of the features touted by Microsoft are for the Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate editions of the operating system. Our advice: Be patient, and don't download it once it becomes available. Wait until Windows Vista SP1 is offered to your PC via Microsoft's Automatic Updates service.