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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 Procurion on 11/16/2007 10:45:28 AM , Rating: 1
In a way you are right, but in another you are wrong. The ads that attract most people to buying a new computer don't give information that's necessary. You are right, Vista isn't to blame and I never said that it is all Vistas' fault.

Discreet graphics are an arcane science to 95% of the world. Calling people stupid or idiots because they don't understand or know how to build a computer is a non-starter, and we've seen a lot of that on the boards in posts. People don't need, nor want, to know how to repair an automobile in order to drive it. A pilot does not need to be an A&P mechanic to fly his airplane. And so on...

That is my point. Your response by talking about how your friend ordered a computer for his brother is exactly what I mean. You have to admit that his brother did not know how to set up or order a computer. Whether it is "right" or "wrong" is beside the point.

If you want to spend the rest of your life traveling the world, enlightening people about computers, have at it, lol. The phone calls from my parents and friends are enough for me. In my hour of drive time home I spend most of it solving their current computer-related issues. THAT is my point, do you see? 99% of the consumers don't want to be a geek-they have us! The person goes out and buys a new computer and expects it to work, expects just that. If it doesn't, for whatever reason, work the way they were lead to believe it would, they become upset.

Vista through some inefficiencies and undocumented shortcomings(memory) caused enough moms and pops to bitch. It is a technology issue and consumers don't need or want to be IT specialists to push the power button.


RE: Vista Death Watch Article
By SavagePotato on 11/17/2007 12:11:25 AM , Rating: 1
Back the truck up a few steps there and maybe you can show me the quote where I said people are stupid idiots. I would realy love for you to show me where i used that word.

If you are building your own computer, you better know what you are doing or go home, simple as that. Thats what package systems are for. If you are buying a package system do your homework or ask someone knowledgeable for help, again end of story.

What does it have to do wether the fellow from works brother is computer savy or not? I don't see any relevence whatsoever to that. He ordered his brother an out of the box, non customized completely factory system for $700, and it works fabulously. He doesn't need to be an airplane mechanic as you say either to use it, because yes, guess what Vista is every bit as easy if not easier than Xp to use. Honestly I don't get where this "have to be a rocket scientist" stance comes from.

Casual users have no idea whatsoever what the memory space inneficiency is, the people that do are gamers who have had games crash running out of memory (example stalker). This issue was addressed long ago via hotfix, therefore it is a non issue. The reason people bitch, and trust me I've personaly listened to them bitch, is because they don't want to get around the learning curve of a new OS, and trust me it is as minimal a learning curve there could be.


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