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Old 10-08-2007, 03:22 PM
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Arrow Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 Beta Review


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. Microsoft has often used the service packs for some serious after-release polishing of the OS. In the case of Windows XP, the first service pack made a difference in speed and software compatibility, with a few nods to security. But XP really took off with the release of Service Pack 2 (SP2)—effectively a rethinking of the entire security underpinning of the OS that bought Microsoft extra time to get Vista ready for release. Now, roughly nine months after Vista started hitting desktops, Service Pack 1 (SP1) has started its beta run. The latest iteration of the SP1 beta, which is closed to the public, reveals a useful set of OS updates, but one that's not as critical as SP2 was for XP. SP1 speeds up a few operations and enhances third-party program compatibility, but it changes little you'll notice in your day-to-day experience. Once again, 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. 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.

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I got lucky and was nominated as a tester for the curious, was SP1 via Windows Update, it installed 3 updates about 4 MB range then downloaded and installed SP1, which for me was only about 56 MB, but Apperently size varies.
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We begin by recalling the reasons to Upgrade XP to Vista, namely security. Vulnerability Research JR Jones said that over the last six months there have been security problems 3 times more XP to Vista (36 questions about XP 12 and Vista).
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