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[News] [Rival] New Failures of Vista SP1 Are Found, Blocking Reported

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Microsoft admits some PCs won't be offered Vista SP1

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| What struck me as odd about this scenario was that Vista went to all the 
| effort of establishing if the requisite driver updates were in place, but 
| didn't communicate any of that information back to the end user. How hard 
| would it be to generate a simple notice saying that Windows did not download 
| SP1 because some existing drivers were not up-to-date? Even if it couldn't 
| produce a specific list of drivers — and to be frank I can't see why that 
| would be so difficult, given that it had already checked for them — a general 
| notice that there was a problem detected would at least get the PC owner to 
| look into the problem.        


Bill Gates says "Vista Sucks"



MS fixes Vista SP1 glitch

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| The upshot is that MS reckons all the problems have been knocked on the head 
| and that everything will now be hunky dory. 


My Lack of Confidence in Vista SP1

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| News Commentary. While troubleshooting a friend's Outlook woes, I found 
| Windows Vista Service Pack 1 ready for download and installation. I couldn't 
| risk it.   
| [...]
| My buddy loves Microsoft, but he detests Windows Vista. On Saturday, for the 
| umpteenth time, he praised Microsoft while we were driving to pick up his son 
| from playing paintball. See, my bookseller friend remembers trying to 
| automate his business before there was DOS—how much it cost and how little 
| benefit he got from the money spent.     
| [...]
| He had no idea what was there. My buddy smiled: "Hey, I just do what they 
| tell me," referring to Microsoft and the Office 2007 trial conversion. 
| The computer had more pep after the software removal, but I haven't heard 
| whether or not Outlook is behaving better. My friend is ready to move to 
| another e-mail program; he asked about Mozilla Thunderbird. The bookseller 
| had heard of the software because of Firefox, which his son had installed on 
| the computer. Apparently, IE 7 also frequently crashes.     


Angry Vista Users Vent Over SP1 Driver Issues

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| The service pack is being withheld from machines containing one or more of 
| the listed drivers, because, as Microsoft put it in a support 
| document, "these device drivers are problematic on Windows Vista-based 
| computers when you update to Windows Vista SP1."   
| That made an industry analyst wonder about Microsoft's driver testing 
| process. "When Microsoft said there were problems with drivers, I assumed it 
| was some odd scanner or camera, or an ancient printer or something," said 
| Michael Cherry, analyst with Directions on Microsoft, a Kirkland, Wash.-based 
| research firm. "But then I saw the list. It makes me wonder what's going on 
| with device driver testing.     


Vista SP1: Threat or Menace?

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| The multimillion-dollar question is whether SP1 will be the hoped-for 
| catalyst that triggers a widespread migration from XP to Vista. The Service 
| Pack may help to allay concerns about code quality, but the perception that 
| Vista's benefits simply don't outweigh the risk of the upgrade remains a 
| challenge for Microsoft, particularly among business users.    


So Microsoft, Why Can’t I Get Windows Vista SP1?

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| Hey Microsoft, how about a tool that might tell users a) what the problem is, 
| b) where to get a new driver (if possible)? Seems to be that it wouldn’t be 
| that much work for Microsoft (well, maybe, to keep it up to date, but it 
| would really help end user satisfaction).   


Windows Vista SP1 Flunks Out At Penn

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| University of Pennsylvania tech staffers are advising faculty and students 
| not to upgrade to the new service pack for Microsoft's Windows Vista 
| operating system.   


Vista SP1 downloaders bite back

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| Microsoft has acknowledged that the service pack will not install on 
| computers that use “incompatible” peripheral device drivers from the likes of 
| Realtek and Intel. 


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? 


Ballmer: Vista Is 'a Work in Progress'

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| As PC users clamor for Microsoft to continue to support Windows XP, company 
| CEO Steve Ballmer called the Vista OS "a work in progress" at an annual 
| Seattle event on Thursday.  



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.  

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