Vista SP1 Brings More Bad News

Kachina Shaw

During the last few weeks leading up to the release of Windows Vista SP1, said to be the hurdle many SMBs and enterprises wanted Microsoft to pass before they would consider rolling out the OS, calls have been made for Microsoft to absorb what it's been told by users of Vista and bag it. Just bag the whole thing.


IT Business Edge blogger Rob Enderle wrote that, if nothing else, the litigation the company is embroiled in now over the "Vista Capable" marketing campaign should provide the necessary enlightenment. Hand-to-hand combat with your own paying customers won't benefit the bottom line today or tomorrow.


Bloggers at both CIO.com and InfoWorld have said the same thing, with varying opinions on what should replace Vista and what should be done to save XP. Not sure what they think should be done for the early adopters, though.


Now, SP1 is here, and the complaints are rushing in. Really, it seems that those who are having challenges cannot wait to report them to somebody or other. Not that they should be having problems, and we don't yet know the percentage affected negatively. But I do have to wonder if the Vista SP team expected the reaction to be better or worse than today's. Could this be the beginning of the end of Vista?

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Mar 20, 2008 9:34 AM Digital Being Digital Being  says:
Its a "free country", not a "fair one". Reply
Mar 20, 2008 5:35 PM SIOK Online - MVP SIOK Online - MVP  says:
I uninstalled RC1 two weeks ago and installed SP1. I've had NO problems on an old HP P4 laptop with 2g's of RAM.My buddy installed it last night, with one glitch. He had odd images on-screen. The start button would kind of BLINK where it would be, if it wasn't HIDDEN.The task bar would get stuck in the hidden position, and you couldn't click it.We went to the NVIDIA website, and found a driver one month older than the one that was installed, and that solved the problems. Reply
Mar 20, 2008 5:53 PM Asif Asif  says:
Nice. Microsoft should be carefull about it's capability. Reply
Mar 20, 2008 6:25 PM Roland Beaumont Roland Beaumont  says:
I have 6 vista computers, from bottom of range to top of range. I installed SP1 and found that in simple terms performance gains didnt appear to be measurable, and although some basic things appeared faster, I have to admit to myself that Microsoft VISTA and Microsoft Windows ME have a lot in common, basically wait for the next version after Vista and stay with XP!!My entire customer base have stayed with XP and when they order new machines, they only want XP! This situation is not like the 2000 -> XP upgrade, this is like the 98 -> 2000, skipping ME altogether Reply
Mar 20, 2008 6:39 PM Bill Lunsford Bill Lunsford  says:
I just recently recieved a laptop with Vista on it. After singing the praises of XP for years, I see no real differences between the two platform's functionality. They look somewhat different, but the navigation and operations are very similar. Makes one wonder why there is a need for new drivers at all? I have not had the chance to download sp1 for Vista, but I am sure that, like everything else from Microsoft, only the look will change. Reply
Mar 20, 2008 7:29 PM Kevin C Kevin C  says:
I have a Dell M6300 with Vista. I installed SP1 and immediately tried transferring files across my 1GB network a 300MB file transferred at 36MB/sec... much faster than before. It also only took 1 second compared to many minutes (previous to SP1) just to calculate the time it was going to take to transfer the file. Part of the problem I think with Vista will come back on the Development of sufficient hardware drivers by manufacturers. From a Display/Graphics perspective, I'm not surprised by issues with Video devices as I believe Vista Renders much differently than previous OS like 2000, XP, etc. I think once hardware manufactures are able to deliver better drivers for their hardware (or better hardware), you will see fewer issues with Vista. Now how interesting would it be if Microsoft had proprietary boxes (hardware) and could fully develop their OS based on known configurations... like... eh hem... Mac. I think you would see fewer issues. I'm not for it... that being Microsoft having control over the systems hardware AND software but it is interesting that it is acceptable for Apple but wouldn't be for Microsoft.... but that's just my opinion. Reply
Mar 21, 2008 8:02 AM Charles S Charles S  says:
The more I read about Vista, the happier I am with OS X. Reply
Mar 21, 2008 8:06 AM Craig Craig  says:
I have 3 machines running vista, an old Dell PC, a 3 year old D800 notebook and a new pentium dual core and all run just fine, with the exception of slow file transfers.If I had an old XP machine I might not upgrade, but buying any new machine I'd definitely go for Vista. Reply
Mar 22, 2008 12:59 PM Jamie Jamie  says:
Oops. just brought my first Mac... Nearly $4g, TOP of the range MACBook Pro. Apparently, the new Leopard OS.10.5.2 wasn't tested properly but they shipped my machine with it on anyway. After "freezes" I called Apple and they recommended I go back to 10.5.0... To be fair, I think my timing to switching to Mac couldn't have been worse as I know so many people with Macs with no problems. This seems to be Apples worst "big" mistake for releasing buggy code.I do wish Mac uses would belevee me though when I say that Windows XP rarely locks up once or twice a year.Mac O/S 10.5.2 problems documented here - http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=6889507#6889507 Reply
Apr 15, 2008 5:09 PM Triatomic Tortoise Triatomic Tortoise  says:
In response to the post from "Digital Being", I would say that Apple got lucky with their niche and cult following. They are much more evil company than Microsoft. Reply

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