Yesterday, Microsoft issued Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Office
2007 along with a Release Candidate version of Service
Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows XP. Today, the boys from Redmond are turning their
attention to Windows Vista.
Windows Vista users can now download a release candidate
version of SP1 for the operating system. SP1 RC1 was released to a select
group of testers last month, but this is the first time that the service
pack has been opened up to the public.
SP1 includes numerous bugfixes and security updates
introduced since the release of Vista on November 30, 2006. Also included are
improvements to ReadyBoost, increased network performance, faster file copying
also notes that improvements have been made to Vista's update engine including
support for hotpatching:
Service Pack 1 RC1 can be downloaded directly from
Microsoft's website via a standalone
package. Users can also choose to download a small
348KB applet which will use Windows Update do only download SP1 updates
specific to your system.
quote: Almost every manufacture produces XP/XP64 driver in one package.
quote: In the absence of the /PAE switch, the Windows memory manager is limited to a 4 GB physical address space. Most of that address space is filled with RAM, but not all of it. Memory-mapped devices (such as your video card) will use some of that physical address space, as will the BIOS ROMs. After all the non-memory devices have had their say, there will be less than 4GB of address space available for RAM below the 4GB physical address boundary.
quote: Then you have the 36-bit PAE Intel extensions...
quote: I just installed the RC1 build on my laptop (it's running faster!) and I don't understand why in this day and age you would have to uninstall a beta version before installing the real thing.