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[News] Heise Online/c't Dislikes Windows Vista Service Pack 1

  • Subject: [News] Heise Online/c't Dislikes Windows Vista Service Pack 1
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2008 00:14:23 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Hands off Vista Service Pack

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| It's annoying that despite the Service Pack, Vista still doesn't correctly 
| handle backup archives which were generated with its predecessor Windows XP. 
| Neither is there a noticeable improvement to notebook battery life. When 
| tested, one notebook only worked half as long as with Windows XP. Eight 
| further notebooks didn't run differently either in the c't test. There even 
| were some entirely new issues, for example with virus scanners. Norton 
| Antivirus produces error messages, and Bitdefender Antivirus can't be 
| installed any more at al       



Vista SP1 Released and Delayed Simultaneously

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| Continuing their apparent efforts to take the steam out of Windows Vista, 
| Microsoft today announced that the long awaited Windows Vista Service Pack 1 
| is being released, but not to Vista users. That’s right, SP1 is now RTM 
| (Released to Manufacturing), but won’t be released via any means to end users 
| or even system administrators for at least another month and a half.    


Vista marketing chief to bid Microsoft adieu

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| Michael Sievert, Corporate Vice President for Windows Product Marketing, is 
| moving on, according to multiple sources of mine. 
| It’s hard to make the case that Sievert, who was responsible for the 
| worldwide introduction of Windows Vista, isn’t being pushed for the 
| less-than-enthusiastic public perception of Microsoft’s latest version of 
| Windows. Even though Microsoft has moved 100-million-plus copies of Vista, 
| many consumers and businesses still consider the new release buggy, sluggish 
| and incompatible with existing software and drivers.     


Vista's Upgrade: Not Worth the Wait

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| Although Microsoft has reported solid sales of Vista, a lot of copies went to 
| corporations that tried the program for a few weeks, then downgraded to XP. 


Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 Beta

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| Windows lives and dies by its service packs. I can't recall the last initial 
| release of any Windows product that didn't have at least some problems. 
| [...]
| Still, given that Vista is essentially a rewrite of XP meant to enhance 
|                   ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| security (and, of course, media features), I'm not surprised to see Microsoft  
| take this route for the service pack. 


Re: Configurating updates: stage 3 of 3 stuck in endless reboot loop  

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| My install of the SP1 RC Refesh has gone wrong.
| Everytime I start the computer it says:
| Configurating updates: stage 3 of 3 - 0% complete
| And then reboots, and reboots, and reboots ... I had it rebooting for over an 
| hour before I stopped the madness. 
| All the safe modes does the same, so how do I uninstall the installer, 
| without being able to log in? 


Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista not for pirates

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| Although, unlike previous Windows versions, Vista is not available as an 
| activation-free version, a number of more or less effective methods were 
| quickly found to run Vista without activation. However, this is soon to end. 
| According to Microsoft, Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista closes two 
| vulnerabilities which previously enabled operation of Vista without a 
| license.     


Vista SP1 a Performance Dud

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| After extensive testing of both RTM and SP1-patched versions of Windows 
| Vista, it seems clear that the hoped-for performance fixes that Microsoft has 
| been hinting at never materialized. Vista + SP1 is no faster than Vista from 
| the RTM image.   
| Bottom Line: If you've been disappointed with the performance of Windows 
| Vista to date, get used to it. SP1 is simply not the panacea that many 
| predicted. In the end, it's Vista's architecture - not a lack of tuning or 
| bug fixes - that makes it perform so poorly on systems that 
| were "barn-burners" under Windows XP.    


Vista SP1 won't sacrifice security for compatibility

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| Vista SP1 will include a significant number of "proactive" security changes, 
| DeVaan said. These do not represent fixes for specific vulnerabilities, 
| instead they represent Microsoft's efforts to head off potential threats.  


Holy Crap: Did Bill Gates Just Say Windows Sucks?

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| We asked a simple question: what Microsoft product could have used a little 
| more polish before release? The answer astounded us. We would just like to 
| thank Bill Gates for his honesty and his openness.  


Acer: PC industry 'disappointed' with Vista

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| Acer president Gianfranco Lanci became the first major PC manufacturer to 
| openly attack Microsoft over the Windows Vista operating system in the 
| Financial Times Deutschland on Monday.  
| Lanci said the operating system was riddled with problems and gave users and 
| businesses no reason to buy a new PC, according to the report. Taiwan-based 
| Acer is the world's fourth-largest PC manufacturer, after HP, Dell and 
| Lenovo. 
| "The whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista," Lanci said. 


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