Windows Vista ready for Service Pack 1

Neil Randall has a nice review of Microsoft’s Windows Vista Service Pack 1. The review covers installation, performance differences, security, and more.

Also, for the hard core gamers, Vista Service Pack 1 will support Direct3D 10.1.

A little over a year after the first appearance of Vista, Service Pack 1 (SP1) is nearly ready for download. [There have been a couple of release snafus, including the accidental release, on 2/21/08, of the 64-bit version.–Editor]. SP1 is a useful but not crucial update to the OS, and one that won’t greatly affect your computing day, at least not outwardly. The bulk of the development effort has gone toward upgrading security subsystems—elements that enterprise clients find appealing but consumers and small-business users won’t really notice (although they’ll feel better knowing about them). The bottom line is that there’s absolutely no reason not to download SP1 (which you’ll receive automatically if you have AutoUpdate turned on), so it’s almost a given that it will become the standard in the very near future.

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5 Reasons NOT To Upgrade to Windows Vista

Windows Vista (TM)Microsoft’s long awaited release of Windows Vista is set to debut at the end of this month for businesses, and in early 2007 for standard consumers. With so many views on the pros and cons of Vista, its hard to really get a grasp on if users should upgrade from their current operating system to the new Vista. It is my strong opinion that users should NOT upgrade at least until the new operating system has had time to live in the real world, under the hands of ordinary users. Continue reading

Windows Vista Screen Shots

Our favorite people over at Microsoft have a new pre release candidate for Windows Vista. Since the build is only available to the first 100,000 downloads, I decided to grab it as soon as I could rather than waiting for the actually release candidate. I downloaded it using the wget –referrer switch so that I could trick the Microsoft website into thinking I was coming from a referring URL. Once the download finished, I went ahead and loaded it up in VMWare.

Here are some screen shots of some areas of Windows Vista that I will further discuss and delve into later.
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