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We reported earlier that there is a show-stopping bug with one of the prerequisite patches for Vista SP1 which is causing computers around the world to get stuck in an endless loop of reboots.  <insert your own joke about improved stability and reliability here>Microsoft didn't take long to evaluate the problem and respond:“So far, we've been able to determine that this problem only affects a small number of customers in unique circumstances. We are working to identify possible solutions and will make the update available again shortly after we address the issue.Customers who may be experiencing this issue can use system restore to correct it or contact 1-866-PC-Safety for help... Read more...
Microsoft has already indicated there is going to be a six week wait for Windows Vista SP1 because of driver issues.  Even without that, they seem to have issues with just the prerequisite downloads for SP1.In most cases, they reported that the final update hung while displaying the message "Configuring Updates Step 3 of 3 - 0% Complete," which was followed by a reboot of the PC. Which was followed by another reboot, and another. "[It] reboots ad infinitum," said Frank Melk on the Microsoft support newsgroup. A smaller number reported a different problem: After the update, their computer refused to boot normally.Messages left on the newsgroup indicate that Microsoft is aware of the problem.... Read more...
Along with the mundane, this month's Windows Update for Vista includes some prerequisites for Vista SP1.Speaking of Windows Vista SP1, the final two of three prerequisite updates needed to install Windows Vista SP1 will also be hitting Windows Update.  KB937287 which is the servicing stack update and KB938371 which is a multi-component update are both required before installing Windows Vista SP1. KB938371 will not be offered to Windows Vista Enterprise and Windows Vista Ultimate systems until KB935509, the first prerequisite in the series of three, has been installed. Both of the Windows Vista SP1 prerequisites are marked "Important" and will install automatically if you have Window Updates... Read more...
During the development of Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista, Microsoft representatives had stated on numerous occasions that the company planned to plug a number of holes in the OS to prevent pirates from circumventing the activation process or defeating the Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) anti-piracy mechanism.  According to Adrian Kingsley-Hughes’ blog at ZD-Net, however, even with SP1 installed, circumventing Windows activation is still quite easy. “First off, the hack.  The hack in question is another OEM BIOS hack but packaged under the name of Vista Loader.  This hack is similar to the Paradox OEM BIOS.  The Paradox hack was the most commonly used Vista activation hack... Read more...
It has been said that Microsoft rushed the development of Vista SP1 in order to help correct some of the  stability and compatibility flaws that were keeping some large customers away from the relatively new OS.  New reports from testers indicate that this rush might show itself in all new set of issues.Here's what one tester had to say:“Based on my informal tests conducted in the first hours of having Vista Service Pack 1 in hand, it's hard to draw any hard and fast conclusions. However, these mixed results do show some promise--and also show that your experience with SP1 may vary depending upon the system configuration. Our Test Center will perform further, and more in-depth, testing... Read more...
The battle for ultra-low power x86 capable CPUs is reaching amazing new heights, or perhaps 'lows' is the more appropriate term.  Just imagine a CPU that fits in a mobile device, can run Vista, and won't burn your hands or run out of battery power in about 15 seconds.The first thought is that we must be talking about something a bit on the slow side, right?  Perhaps, but by slow we're talking about something in the league of the original Centrino platform performance.  That's certainly not going to break any desktop records, but for ultra-portable devices, that kind of performance has only been a fantasy, until Intel announced Silverthorne.If you've been wondering just how Intel... Read more...
Seriously, is anyone surprised?Paying customers may not get their hands on Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Windows Server 2008 for weeks, but pirates can download the brand-new code for either today, according to searches at several BitTorrent trackers.The RTM, or release to manufacturing, versions of both operating systems can easily be found on BitTorrent tracker sites such as the Pirate Bay, which has made them available since yesterday.One torrent of Microsoft Corp.'s newest server operating system, Windows Server 2008, lists 42 "seeders," the term for a computer that has a complete copy of the torrent file, and nearly 190 "leechers," or computers that have downloaded only part of the... Read more...
Don't you hate those buts?  Besides the fact that it won't release to download or Windows Update for six weeks, that old bugaboo for Vista strikes again.  Yep, device drivers.As we update our customers to SP1, we want everyone to have a great install experience.  We are going to stage our rollout of SP1 for current Windows Vista users to be approximately concurrent with the availability of Windows Vista SP1 on new PCs and in stores.  There are a couple of reasons for this.  Our beta testing identified an issue with a small set of device drivers.  These drivers do not follow our guidelines for driver installation and as a result, some beta participants who were using... Read more...
We've been hearing that SP1 has been nearly ready for release for quite a while now, so when can we expect to see it?  Perhaps in a few weeks.“Through its public relations agency today, Microsoft declined to comment on the Feb. 15 date beyond reiterating the software would be available in the first quarter. Still, several sources who work closely with Microsoft said a mid-February release is not unlikely, and they expect the software to be out before the end of March.”Microsoft might end up with a lot of returning corporate and government customers if Vista SP1 ends up being extremely stable and secure.... Read more...
It's been more than a year since Intel demonstrated their Kentsfield CPUs running Remedy's upcoming Alan Wake.  At the time the world got its first glimpse of what a quad-core ready game could be like, and there were plenty of oooohs and aaaahhhs to go around.Now that quad-core CPUs are here and reasonably priced, and Vista with its DX 10 is here, what does Remedy have to say about these new technologies?  Here's a snip from a Q & A with Markus Maki, the Director of Development at Remedy:“Q: Does the engine profit from CPUs with four or even eight core? If yes what is the expected performance gain resulting from four or more cores?A: Alan Wake currently runs faster and smoother... Read more...
Palm has a gift for Vista users to help celebrate the operating system's first birthday: an 'final' desktop synchronization kit.  It should be noted that Palm has offered a beta of this software since summertime, but the final revision still lacks a few features such a the Quick Install tool and the ability to synch e-mail over a USB cable.“In addition to supporting Windows Vista Basic, Home Premium, Business and Ultimate, Palm Desktop 6.2 is compatible with Windows XP Home and Professional and Windows Media Center Edition 2005. 64-bit Editions of Windows Vista are not supported.Palm devices supported include Palm Centro under Vista and XP and the Treo 755p, 700p, and 680, Palm TX and Z22,... Read more...
Many corporations and government bodies tend to hold off purchasing a new Windows operating system until at least the first service pack (SP1) is out the door, and thus it comes as no surprise that Microsoft has been burning the midnight oil to get Vista SP1 ready to ship.  To that end Microsoft has developed a new release candidate (RC) version of the Vista SP1.  After all, the organizations waiting to buy are doing so on the theory that SP1 typically means 'stable enough' to keep their IT staff from jumping out of the windows, so a premature release of SP1 wouldn't go over well.While the announcement of a new Vista SP1 RC was initially only good news for users participating in Microsoft's... Read more...
Don't get too excited, though.  The promotion is only for MSDN and TechNet subscribers who beta tested Vista.Under terms of “The Ultimate Offer,” testers can go to any retail or online store and buy a copy of Vista Ultimate (full or upgrade version) for full price and Microsoft will match it with a second complimentary Vista Ultimate Upgrade product key.To participate in the promotion, invited testers should go to the Vista Tester Offers site. The promotion ends January 15, 2008.For the suspicious among you, Microsoft has verified this isn't a phishing scam on a TechNet forum.Besides this offer, there are two drawings: one for a $250 Amazon.com gift certificate and one for a Bill Gates autographed... Read more...
If we were forced to say that the ASUS Eee PC had a single fault, we might site its less limited storage capabilities.  It's not a major problem when running the included Xandros distribution, but with only 8 GB of internal storage available the Eee PC is not quite up to the minimum specifications to install Microsoft's nearly year old OS, Windows Vista.Here's what you'll need to get things started:An Eee PC, completely unmodified (4GB version, 512MB RAM)A SD card (you'll need this, 2GB minimum, the bigger the better. I'm using 8GB, which are nice and cheap now)A Vista DVDA 1GB USB stick The instructions go on to detail the exact steps taken, which we estimate would probably take an hour... Read more...
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