how to deploy the Vista Service Pack1
I have been asked on numerous times what is the best way to deploy the Service Pack 1. There is no right answer just three options and each depends on the circumstance that you are deploying it into.
Option 1 – Windows Update: This is the low bandwidth option and really doesn’t abuse your network’s internet capabilities. This is ideal as only the changes for that specific pc will be downloaded and installed.
Option 2 – Stand-Alone installation: download the EXE file which is approximately 435 Megs in size and then simply double click on it on the pc that is running Vista. Use this method if you have a really bad internet connection and have multiple computers to update. You should also use this method if you have a Software Deployment package in your network where you can install software on your network from a central point.
Option 3 – Slipstream installation: this is the cheating way of installing both the Vista Operating System and the Service Pack simultaneously. Use this if you are going to upgrade your computer’s os or you have new computer that you would like to perform a clean installation on.
By the way: If you would not like to install the Service Pack on your network just yet, you are able to get a BLOCKER TOOL that will prevent user’s pc from downloading the Service Pack. You can get it here