For those of you who haven't already heard, Microsoft quietly published
Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 in December. Unfortunately, it can be a little confusing because
there are different files to download depending on which flavor of Visual Studio you have installed.
There are links to five different download files on the Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Express Edition page.
Each download corresponds to one of the Express Edition products so if you've got multiple Express Edition products
installed you'll need to download the appropriate update for each of them.
Microsoft has also released an additional update for those of you who are running Visual Studio 2005 on Vista.
Here's Microsoft's description of why it's necessary:
During the development of Windows Vista, several key investments were made
to vastly improve overall quality, security, and reliability from previous
versions of Windows. While we have made tremendous investments in Windows Vista
to ensure backwards compatibility, some of the system enhancements, such as User
Account Control, changes to the networking stack, and the new graphics model,
make Windows Vista behave differently from previous versions of Windows. These
investments impact Visual Studio 2005. The Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1
Update for Windows Vista Beta addresses areas of Visual Studio impacted by Vista
VS2005 SP1 Update for Vista
The Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista Beta addresses areas of Visual Studio impacted by Windows Vista enhancements.