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Apple pokes fun at Microsoft's Vista woes in its latest advertisements... again
Microsoft rolls along with SP1 updates

While Apple is using its latest round of TV commercials to further push the butcher knife into Windows Vista -- specifically, Microsoft's decision to extend the sales of Windows XP and allow users to downgrade Vista to Windows XP -- the boys in Redmond are hard at work on the first service pack for the operating system.

Microsoft released the Service Pack 1 (SP1) beta to a select group of testers in late September. The update cured many of the ailments that afflicted Windows Vista since its retail release on January 30.

"Improvements were also noticeable in resuming from Hibernation or Sleep on both my desktop PC and laptop running SP1," remarked Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc in September. "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."

Yesterday, Microsoft released a new Release Candidate (RC) build (6001-17042-071107-1618) of SP1 to testers. The latest build weighs in at 434.84MB for the x86 version and 734.3MB for the x64 version.

Testers who already have the previous SP1 beta installed, however, will run into somewhat of a roadblock when it comes to the new RC build.

"Windows Vista SP1 does not support build-to-build upgrades," states Microsoft. "Therefore, if you have installed a previously release build on your machine, you have to uninstall this old build before installing the next build of Windows Vista SP1."

Windows Vista SP1 RC is currently available for download from the Microsoft Connect website for current SP1 testers.

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RE: Vista Death Watch Article
By TomZ on 11/15/2007 9:29:44 PM , Rating: 2
Sadly, Dvorak is slowly turning into an idiot. :o(

RE: Vista Death Watch Article
By stmok on 11/15/2007 10:37:52 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, Dvorak is a clueless senile dinosaur when it comes to technology.

He knows how to start controversy in order to generate ad dollars for his employers. They love him for it. That's why they keep him around.

Check his history of articles, and you'll notice a pattern.

RE: Vista Death Watch Article
By Christopher1 on 11/16/2007 1:43:22 AM , Rating: 1
Actually, he has some good points. Not about the 'Vista is going to die' thing, but about the "Vista is overpriced" and "Vista is missing some promised features" things that he brought up.

I don't think that Vista is going to die. Once everything is upgraded or people trade in their computers (once every 5 years is the norm for all but enthusiast users), Vista will be the only thing out there.

People need to stop griping about the little flaws in Vista, and realize that all in all.... it's a pretty good operating system, which I am using to type this posting.

I've had very few problems with it, outside of problems that are now fixed, like the slow file transfer problem and the 'graphics reset' problem that Intel fixed.

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