Well, it’s final. Microsoft’s much hated Windows Vista now has its first service pack. Service pack 1 was released to manufacturing yesterday, February 4th, 2008. Unfortunately, the rest of the world will be receiving the service pack mid-March Amongst the usual performance, usability and stability enhancements, I noticed this thoughtful change to help out idiots:
Users are now required to enter a password hint during the initial setup of Windows Vista SP1. This change was made based on feedback from top PC manufactures that many customers frequently do not remember their password and because the administrator account is turned off by default on Windows Vista, these users do not have a way to access to their PCs. A password hint helps avoid this frustrating scenario.
You can read the rest of the “notable changes” here.