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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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My big problem with Vista
By wordsworm on 8/8/2007 5:39:36 AM , Rating: 0
I've had Vista 64 for a short while. I am impressed by the security. I feel confident that its firewall is effective. In fact, it even bested my old XP firewall (Zone Alarm) by going completely stealth. XP never crashed on me, but Vista has crashed 2x in the 2 weeks since I've had it. I don't think it has to do with performance limitations, as it rated my components at 5.0 cpu/ 5.9 everything else, with 2 GB of memory.

The big disappointment for me came when I discovered that Vista Premium doesn't support Asian languages like XP did. I would have to get Vista Ultimate in order to type Korean text. I am extremely upset by this, and have spent some time investigating whether or not Canadian law would see this as discriminatory, as it does support Russian, French, etc., but none of the Asian languages. I call this discrimination, and I'm pretty sure that it's quite possible that if I find the right people, the Canadian government might become interested in putting pressure on MS over this issue. I know the US government doesn't really care about these kinds of issues in quite the same way as the Canadian. I don't know what the EU would have to say about it.

Some people made comments against the new richest man in the world, Slim, for having a monopoly in Mexico. But the truth is that MS has an even greater stranglehold on the OS market, and it dominates world-wide. They don't care about their customers, because they know that their customers don't really have a viable option. I don't really consider Macs or Linux as viable options. Macs are retarded (no offense to Macboys), and Linux is great for a lot of things, but it doesn't do some things that are really important to me (such as music recording). However, I'm beginning to feel like I have no choice. If I want a multilingual platform, I must either pay another $150 US for an upgrade, or I need to go back to XP (which is what I'm about to do).

If not for this language issue, I'd have to say that Vista is really an evolutionary product. It's clearly a poor upgrade, because the machine that you need to run it should be fairly powerful.

The webpage where one compares the features of the various varieties of Vista do not mention at all that Asian language input would no longer be supported in all but the most expensive edition. In fact, I can easily argue, based on some other MS documentation, that it had the appearance of going well beyond XP for Asian support, including the ability to have multiple language GUI, which I thought has the potential to be a revolutionary business product where the offices are multilingual (like the school where I work). There is no mention throughout that it is an Ultimate only product, and this makes me think that they misrepresented their product.

RE: My big problem with Vista
By omnicronx on 8/8/2007 9:30:35 AM , Rating: 2
um by any chance did you do an upgrade from XP?
sounds like certain languages only work with a custom/clean installation, probably because the language packs are totally different.

try a clean install that may work..
or learn English.. being Canadian you should know only French and English are needed to be supported by law. You seem to write very well so i do not see what your problem is though ;)

RE: My big problem with Vista
By Flunk on 8/8/2007 10:52:45 AM , Rating: 2
I think you might be confused. You need to have Vista Ultimate to have the system display the windows interface in other languages. You can still type in and display other languages in other versions of Vista (just like XP). You just need to add the right keyboard/IME settings. I have no problems typing in Japanese on my English copy of Vista Business.

Hey, we Canadians are allowed to speak/type any language we want. We don't discriminate here.

RE: My big problem with Vista
By omnicronx on 8/8/2007 11:02:18 AM , Rating: 2
Very, true, i thought he was talking about plain old language support, not displaying the windows interface itself.

Hey, we Canadians are allowed to speak/type any language we want.

you are allowed to talk in whatever you want, but by law only french and english (being our official languages) need to be supported ;) Just look at a box of cereal or a video game next time you buy one ;)

RE: My big problem with Vista
By wordsworm on 8/9/2007 7:46:21 AM , Rating: 2
My Vista doesn't have that ability. The keyboard setting for all of the Asian typographies (I only checked Japanese and Korean) only display an English keyboard. The IMEs for other languages like Russian and French are no problem at all. I learned from XP about that stuff. It's only in Vista 64 that I've found that it doesn't have the Korean keyboard. I can read Asian typographies, I just can't type with them.

RE: My big problem with Vista
By wordsworm on 8/9/2007 8:07:35 AM , Rating: 2
I should have said "Vista Ultimate and Vista Business." I forgot to mention that the business version, I've read, offers Asian/Roman typography. The only thing I'm complaining about is the ability to type and read in Korean. I don't need a second interface.

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