The two large collections of non-security Vista fixes whose existence was leaked a week ago have now been formally released by Microsoft as
The updates carry wording about how users “can achieve better reliability and hardware compatibility in various scenarios,” but the early reaction has been that every Vista user should be applying these. In that regard, Microsoft is being coy about when these updates will be released via Windows Update which likely means they won’t make this month’s Patch Tuesday, but Microsoft promises they will show up eventually.
Meanwhile, speculation is rife among the impatient as to when exactly Vista Service Pack 1 (which would roll up these updates) and its cousin Windows XP Service Pack 3 will be released, but Microsoft is mum there too, although it has been reported that pre-beta versions of both have been provided to testers. Nominally, Vista SP1 is sometime this year and XP SP3 is likely 1H2008.