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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 retrospooty on 11/15/2007 10:41:43 PM , Rating: 2
"There are 90 million people that seem to be using Vista just fine."

There are 90 million Vista licenses sold, mostly through high vol manufactures like Dell and HP. There are not necessarily 90 million people using it yet, and those that are using it are certainly not all happy with it.

I am not trying to get into a heavy debate about it here, just pointing out that even though most users are running fine, there are still a great deal of people with problems, and it isn't ALL user error, or apps built for Win95. There are some real issues, and alot of people are legitimately pissed off, thats all I am saying.

RE: Vista Death Watch Article
By SavagePotato on 11/15/2007 10:55:11 PM , Rating: 2
Thats just reality. I would say to those waiting for a perfect OS from Microsoft, you are waiting for something that is never going to happen.

Having to support the amount of hardware Windows does is always going to be messy. Personaly I think they do a pretty good job considering. You show me the version of Windows that was perfect and free of any problems at launch, and I'll pay for your new Mac.

Very short memories, thats all I have to say. XP was barbaric at launch compared to Vista, and it was less of an evolutionary step by far than Vista aimed for. Have a little bit of patience and wait for the inevitable remaining issues to be dealt with. I think personaly that it's great Microsoft is getting on a service pack this quickly to address those issues, instead of leveraging it as some sign that somethings horribly wrong beyond comprehension.

RE: Vista Death Watch Article
By retrospooty on 11/15/2007 11:26:39 PM , Rating: 3
"Have a little bit of patience and wait for the inevitable remaining issues to be dealt with."

That, I am doing. Like XP, it will stabilize as time goes by.

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