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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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Those commercials...
By indyJ on 11/16/2007 12:43:58 PM , Rating: 2
Long story short...some of the commercials are funny, but give false exaggerated information. Most biz competition does exactly the same. The 80's Coke Pepsi Challenge is a good example. Pepsi was touting how around 80% of people preferred Pepsi over Coke. What they didn't admit until years later was they did like Pepsi in the initial swallow, but the majority preferred Coke when having to drink a half soda or more.

On the topic of Vista flaws and performance....First, I have to admit I work in the industry(sales). The biggest reason I see why people have problems is their inability to get what is necessary to run Vista. I would infatically tell people that if they don't get atleast X amount of ram or X graphics card for their needs they would have a horrible experience and still they would refuse. The obvious results were bad and they would blame the system. These people always felt they were being upsold so I would try to lead them to independent tech webpages that confirmed what I suggested as proof and it still fell on deaf ears.

Astonishingly, from experience(from family and friends) these same people would research for months on what car, stereo surround system or big screen tv they would want to get and slack off when they get a computer. I do not feel you need a geek to help. Maybe an adviser yes and a small(small) amount of research into what you want and need would solve most problems. It is no bigger purchase than a big screen tv purchase and should be treated the same way. I would ask people, "do you buy a Kia Sephia to pull you boat to the lake?". Ofcourse not.

Lastly, I purchased a new notebook last April with Vista Home Premium(2.0g core2, 2gigs ram & nvidia256 ram). I download music, do office work, play some 3D rts games and play movies from online on my system. I even play some games from 1998 on it and they loaded and played without skipping a beat. I haven't had a single problem with Vista. I know some problems exist and that is expected. As others have posted their are tons of companies they have to support.

“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls
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