The Wraps Come Off of Windows Vista SP1...

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Marcus_Soperus

Another way to improve Vista today is is to install the new Windows Live Suite (see http://www.maximumpc.com/article/windows_live_adds_photo_editing_blogging_tools_and_more for details). It's in public beta right now, but the blogging and photo gallery features already work quite well.
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It's amazing how illogical a business built on binary logic can be.

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00john00

they still have a long way to go... I wish they would just realize they failed and started over.

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Sovereign

It seems that this will include the two "Performance and Reliability" fixes that supposedly repair many issues with newer graphics cards. This is a welcome step, I will have to slipstream so I don't have to go nuts installing Vista when I reformat. SLI/CrossFire is a big investment and should work out of the box. Now it will (barring any further screwups by parties involved)

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Marcus_Soperus

If you want to create a slipstream disc with the latest updates before SP1 ships (remember, it's not due out until early 2008), you can download a collection of fixes expected in SP1. See the article http://www.maximumpc.com/article/hotfix_your_way_to_fiji_maybe for a link to the SP1 Preview Information Center. Other fixes to add to your slipstream disc include the SLI/CrossFire fix discussed in http://www.maximumpc.com/article/sli_and_crossfire_fans_unite_make_vista_pay_attention_to_your_second_gpu, the performance and reliability fixes discussed in http://www.maximumpc.com/article/vista_has_fixes_get_out_of_town and the fix for 32-bit virtual memory address gaming woes discussed in http://www.maximumpc.com/article/big_game_crash_blues_under_windows_vista_run_dont_walk_to_get_the_hotfix_you_need

Expect to see most (if not all) of these fixes and many more in SP1, but if you want to make a slipstream disc now, don't wait.

The vLite utility can be used to make a slipstream disc: http://www.vlite.net/about.html

Note that MS currently states (in the whitepaper) that you won't be able to slipstream the official SP1 package once it ships, so "rolling your own" from existing fixes and updates may be the best way to go.
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It's amazing how illogical a business built on binary logic can be.

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yagisencho

It hasn't been a stress-free transition from XP to Vista, but I've seen considerable performance, compatibility, and stability improvements since launch. I'm very satisfied with my current main computer running under Vista Ultimate 64-bit.

Now to wait for DX10 hardware that can actually run DX10 games at reasonable frame rates...

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Talcum X

Now that the fledgling OS is about to turn (SP)1, we may finally see the fruits of our tort...uhm...labor (i.e. bitching) Will Vista grow up to what was supposed to be something better than sliced bread? Or will we still see the huge performance hit when playing DX10 games? Only 1Q08 will tell.

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popstop785

. . .DX10.1

*grumble grumble*

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