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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: 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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