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Windows Vista "pre-beta" SP1  (Source: WinBeta)
Microsoft rolls out SP1 for Windows Vista and SP3 for Windows XP

Microsoft is hard at work on Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows Vista. Microsoft's latest consumer operating system launched in November and is expected to be used by over 200 million people before the end of 2007.

As is the case with any operating system, Vista is far from perfect. There have been issues with ReadyBoost, copying/moving large files, resuming from sleep/hibernate and Blu-ray playback on numerous systems.

Microsoft addressed a number of these problems in late July through the release of the "938979 Vista Performance and Reliability Pack" and "938194 Vista Compatibility and Reliability Pack." The software packs were originally issued only to Vista beta testers, but are now available to the general public.

Those fixes along with a host of other updates are expected to make their way into SP1. A private beta of SP1 was issued in early July and testers have been pinging ZDNET's Mary Jo Foley regarding the latest builds. According to Foley, each tester that contacted her had a different build number.

"My first guess was the secrecy-obsessed Windows Vista team might be providing different testers with different build numbers in order to trace leaks," said Foley.

This move isn't too surprising considering that the folks at Microsoft weren't too happy with Foley's report on the SP1 beta.

According to AeroXperience, the latest build of SP1 sent to testers was labeled 6001.16549. In addition, WinBeta claims to have screenshots of SP1 which was distributed via an ISO -- 3.07GB for the 32-bit version and 4.3GB for the 64-bit version.

In addition to the SP1 information, AeroXperience also reports that Windows XP SP3 was released to testers (Build 5.1.2600.3180). The download weighs in at 350MB and supposedly fixes over 900 issues with the operating system.

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RE: Sometimes I wonder about M$.
By retrospooty on 8/7/2007 11:24:44 PM , Rating: 2
"This is plain ridiculous. Why would there still be 900 issues after all this time? "

Any OS, including Linux, and OSX all have thousands upon thousands of bugs. Most of them are minor, its totally normal. SP3 has over 900 fixes since SP2, but its not like the worlds most widely used OS is inoperable due to these bugs. Almost all of us use XP, and few of us have any issues with it.

My big gripe with XP (and all MS OS's) is that it is too easily corruptable, and can get bloated and slow over time.

RE: Sometimes I wonder about M$.
By larson0699 on 8/8/2007 4:21:24 AM , Rating: 2
If nLite isn't your friend, then Linux is.

No bloat here. And as for corruptible.. Put a router in between PC/modem, quit downloading *.vbs on LimeWire, hide hidden/system files, ban idiots from the machine, and then scan and remove malware. If problems persist, log in as a User rather than Administrator.'s Security Analyzer ( ) is great for discovering how exposed your machine is and the likely culprits.

Try a dual-core processor, too. And yes, XP was good when released, and only greater after Vista.

By majorpain on 8/8/2007 8:44:11 AM , Rating: 2
Have to agree... :D

By omnicronx on 8/8/2007 9:50:45 AM , Rating: 2
not a problem now, but back in the day when i first started to use nix, I must have reinstalled 10 times before getting things right haha. Viruses aside, nix is just as easy to corrupt as Windows.. that is if you don't know what you are doing ;)

setting up x windows was especially fun ;)

RE: Sometimes I wonder about M$.
By retrospooty on 8/9/2007 9:58:18 AM , Rating: 2
LOL... True, but I am referring to Windows's corruptability to novice users. I am perfectly able to keep mine clean, but its a pain in the ass always helping friends and family, and anyone else that finds out I can fix it... "can you take a look at my PC, its really slow now, it used to be fast"

By Christopher1 on 8/26/2007 12:51:15 AM , Rating: 2
Corruptable? Not unless you don't have it on a battery backup, and even then it's pretty hard to corrupt. 99 times out of 100, when I have thought that my system was 'corrupt', I run a Registry cleaner and find out "Holy FARK! Better than half the registry is obsolete entries from me trying out different software!" or I run PerfectDisk and find out "Wow! 40% fragmentation? I gotta run this now!"

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