When people talk about Windows Vista these days, two things
often come to mind: the perceived inferiority
to the six-year-old Windows XP operating system (which also just happened
to get a new lease
on life) and what Service Pack 1
(SP1) will bring to the table as far as improvements are concerned.
In the mean time, Microsoft is proceeding with continual
improvements to Windows Vista ahead of the official release of SP1. Microsoft
yesterday released a new hotfix, KB941649, which "improves the
compatibility, reliability, and stability of Windows Vista."
KB941649 address the following issues:
If you're running Windows Vista it might be wise to install
this latest hotfix to see if it may fix some of your OS woes.
Microsoft just sent an email to beta testers informing them that a beta of Windows XP SP3 is now available for download. The update weighs in at 334.92 MB. No other details are available on the update.
quote: Hmmm. Wonder why?
quote: It's an all in one bulky kernel.
quote: My only woe is that my sound card doesn't work... but no big deal.
quote: provides more security than XP
quote: And you know this because you tested it or because people say it's more secure?
quote: On average, about seventy percent of the malicious code executed under Windows Vista loaded successfully and executed without a crash or runtime error. Note that malicious code is always looking to latch on to another process, bind to a local port, or modify system critical files; thus, identifying a successful execution does not indicate it fully compromised the victim host. Out of the seventy percent that were able to execute, only about six percent of the samples were able to accomplish a full compromise and an even smaller number (four percent) were able to survive a reboot. The rest did not execute properly due to incompatibility, unhandled exceptions, or security restrictions.
quote: It improves the stability of portable computers and of desktop computers that use an uninterruptable power supply (UPS).
quote: It shortens the recovery time after Windows Vista experiences a period of inactivity.
quote: It shortens the startup time of Windows Vista by using a better timing structure.
quote: # It shortens the startup time of Windows Vista by using a better timing structure.# It shortens the recovery time after Windows Vista experiences a period of inactivity.