Windows Vista, Now with SP1

Windows Vista, Now with SP1

Microsoft released Windows Vista to disappointing fanfare, with much of the hoopla coming from MS's own camp. Many users just didn't find a ton of appeal with the chopped feature-set, and the ace-in-the-hole known as DirectX 10 gaming remains a card still waiting to be played. So instead of making a mad dash to the local Best Buy or online e-tailer, gobs of XP owners vowed to cling onto their existing OS until the first Service Pack rolls out, a sign that most generally consider to signify a new OS's emergence into maturity.

Whether you qualify as one of the holdouts or early adopters, this week could mark an opportunity to take the first Service Pack out for a spin. Sort of. The final release isn't slated to ship until later this year, but eager beavers should be able to get their hands on the BETA version, possibly as early as today. According to the downloadable Reference Guide dated February 2007, SP1 brings the following fixes:

  • Corrupt Windows image fixes
  • Better language support
  • Setup and login fixes
  • Help topic updates

Also look for better overall performance (file copies, shutdown times), a better Desktop Search, and ReadyBoost enhancements. As with any BETA product, proceed cautiously, and it wouldn't be a bad idea to test it out on a Virtual Machine before pairing with your main machine.

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Update: 7-23-07

SIKE!

Apparently, there is no impending BETA SP1, a boo-boo Microsoft blames on a typo.

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Travis Penner

When Microsoft's little copyright do-gooders stop invading my computer with their DRM garbage which treats me like a criminal. I'll switch. It's bad enough that I can't record on Movie Channel for most movies with Windows Media Center. The garbage I hear about DRM controls on Vista, AND that you can't install Vista more than 3 times on your PC (like how many times have I had to rebuild my hard drive on XP?!?! I've lost count).

Sorry Mr. Gates, but if you keep this up, I WILL switch to Linux no matter how much of a learning curve it'll take!

Travis

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Bin3ry

Actually you can transfer to as many as you want. This was revised I think just a few weeks before the launch of Vista.

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yurimxpxman

Paul wrote:
> * Corrupt Windows image fixes
> * Better language support
> * Setup and login fixes
> * Help topic updates

There're a lot more problems than *that* in the OS. Have fun with it, guys! :D

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