in late August that Microsoft was on the verge of
releasing a new beta of Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) to testers. The update,
as described by Microsoft's Nick White, is designed to enhance features already
incorporated within Vista rather than add new ones.
Testers that were selected to test SP1 should now have
access to the updates via Microsoft's
Connect website. Currently, the release is available in a 5-Language
Standalone Package as well as an All-Language Standalone Package (contains 36
The 5-Language version is available in an x86 version
(687MB) and x64 version (1,117MB) as is the All-Language version (1,308MB and
Beta testers will also have access to the SP1 beta through
Windows Update. "When SP1 shows up in Windows Update, it does so as an
"important update" and gives a size range from 51MB - 679.6MB,"
Brandon LeBlanc. "For me, the download of the service pack through
Windows Update occurred relatively fast so I assume the size of SP1 is more on
the lower end rather than the high."
The Windows Update feature is not currently available to
testers, but Microsoft says that access will be provided within the next 48
LeBlanc also mentions that there are noticeable improvements
to the performance of Vista with the SP1 update. "Improvements were also
noticeable in resuming from Hibernation or Sleep on both my desktop PC and
laptop running SP1," reported LeBlanc. "I discovered copying files
from one directory to another is a bit faster. And on my laptop - battery life
seems to be improved since running SP1. I have also noticed that transferring
files to my shares on my Windows Home Server are a bit faster than they were
previously without SP1. Overall performance in accessing my mapped network
shares is improved as well."
Microsoft notes that beta participants must have a valid
license key to install the SP1 update. Customers may also proceed with a 30-day
PID-less install and are given the opportunity to re-arm the system up to three
times (Microsoft provides instructions on how to re-arm the SP1 installation).
quote: All Windows NT® and Windows 2000 file types—File Allocation Table (FAT) and NTFS file system (NTFS)—are susceptible to fragmentation.
quote: At the very beginning it was said that NTFS is not subject to file fragmentation. It is not exactly so and the statement was changed - NTFS prevents fragmentation. It is not exactly so either. That is it certainly prevents but... It is already clear that NTFS is a system which is predisposed to fragmentation inspite of official statements. But it doesn't suffer from it. All internal structures are constructed in such way that fragmentation does not hinder to find data fragments fast. But it doesn't save from the physical effect of fragmentation - waste disk heads motions.
quote: The update, as described by Microsoft's Nick White, is designed to enhance features already incorporated within Vista rather than add new ones.
quote: And it wasn't the paper's opinion, it is FACT that many PC retailers, Dell included, are demanding a, shall we call it, upgrade path from Vista to XP.
quote: How does that make it fact?
quote: Low and behold the integrated graphics card just could not handle Aero
quote: until SP1 hits the streets, xp was the same way
quote: Dell and other manufacturers figured they could get away with a fast one
quote: It may not be ready for the corporate world (until SP1 hits the streets, xp was the same way) but its more than ready for everyone else.
quote: Put the bong down and read the article or go to Dell's web site:
quote: I was there, not even close...
quote: Dell, Acer and others didn't have much of a choice as MS was jamming it down their throats.
quote: corporate folks wanting to run Excel or Word or the usual mix of MS office apps are now power users that Vista is not ready to handle.
quote: Once again, Dell's word is far from the truth. You dont go to say the Dell, or Microsoft website and believe everything you read do you?
quote: Good rebuttal, oh wait, once again we are suppose to take your 'word for it'.
quote: If the hardware can't cut it, don't have an option of having windows vista for that model.
quote: How did they not have a choice?
quote: What are you talking about? Would you like to post a link or some sort of proof showing performance issues with office? Office 2003 ran fine on my computer with only 512 ram, and office 2007 runs fine on the very same machine my sister bought that when aero was turned off, worked perfectly.
quote: In cheap low end products, if they were not fast enough to run vista aero, they shouldnt have had vista available, or as you said automatically have aero turned off by default.
quote: I find it funny how you have nothing to say about all the 'features' that you say don't work. It sounds to me like you just don't know what you are talking about.