(yea I know there is one of those “Flash Annoyance” things, just click passed it)
Over the Aug. 24 weekend, a new Vista beta has appeared on the BitTorrent sites.
The first beta SP1 appeared on hacker sites in early August as a 3.2 GB DVD ISO. This version could only be used to install a full version of Windows Vista. As such, it was not so much an SP as a testing platform for some proposed patches. The just-leaked version, however, expands from a compressed file of about 200 MB in size, depending on the system architecture, into an installation program that totals approximately 684 MB. With it, an adventuresome Vista user could use it to update his or her’s Vista-powered system to a beta SP1.
A closer look reveals that, regardless of platform, the beta is named: “Build: 6.0.6001.16633 (longhorn.070803-1655).” When installed, at least one patched version of Vista Ultimate states that the system is running Vista Ultimate, Service Patch 1, v.165.
You can find the upgrade for Vista SP1 here: Thank you Sweeden!
As many IT folks are currently working on (struggling with?) Prototyping Vista in the enterprise, do we really have much of a choice but to be “adventuresome“?
I’ll be giving it a test drive over the holiday weekend, how about you?
UPDATE: It looks like the Service Pack has already been nuked on TPBs tracker. So all you sysadmins will have to do your own Googling from this point on. (Hint: UseNet)