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Get your dose of Vista Service Pack 1

If you're a 64-bit Vista user, that is... 

It looks as though the .

I've already started down the , but that has presented its own set of issues.  ( is also another option for obtaining the Service Pack for x86 or x64 systems.) On two of my systems, I'm using Vista Ultimate, and I had installed a variety of language packs, just because I wanted to test them out.  Well, it turns out that because the , and it won't update a system which has language packs installed that are beyond these 5 languages.

Not surprising, when you think about it.  I could have waited until March, of course, when all the localized versions will become available, but I chose to go ahead and .

And on one laptop, uninstalling the language packs was pretty straightforward.  I selected all 8 of them, and they uninstalled all at once in about 15 minutes.

As for the other laptop, if I believed in purgatory, this uninstallation process would be my definition.  It has taken no less than 14 reboots to uninstall the language packs, because no matter how many are selected, only one of them is uninstalled successfully, and the others are not -- and you are REQUIRED to reboot before you can continue selecting any other languages.  Sigh.

That said, I'm thankful that it was the wimpy machine that has gone flawlessly with the uninstalls.   For that matter, the responsiveness of the OS on that 1GB RAM system is now much closer to the snappy XP x64 performance than it was with more sluggish Vista x64 RTM.   I can't wait to see how my other laptop and my more powerful desktop systems will behave with the update, given that they have more RAM installed.

One interesting feature of this update is that .  Windows XP x64 edition benefited stability- and performance-wise from this when its kernel was synchronized with Server 2003, so I expect more pluses with this move for Vista.

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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2008 3:24 PM by Logik!


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About Logik!

Andrew S. Baker aka ASB aka Logik!

Andrew S. Baker is a business-savvy, hands-on IT leader with expertise in mentoring people, mitigating risk, and integrating technology to drive innovation and maximize business results. He creates competitive advantage for organizations through effective IT leadership: implementation of processes and controls, and architecture of robust business solutions.

Mr. Baker has successfully led a number of high-performance technology teams in designing, deploying and maintaining secure, cost-effective computing environments for well-known companies, including Warner Music Group, The Princeton Review, Bear Stearns, About.com, and Lewco Securities.

For over a decade, Andrew has exhibited thought leadership on technology and business topics via mailing lists, technical forums, blogs, and professional networking groups, along with contributions to podcasts, webinars, and over 20 technical/business magazine articles. He also serves on several boards and committees for non-profit organizations, and within the Seventh-day Adventist church.

His personal interests include Astronomy, Basketball, Bible Study, Chess, Comics, Computers, Family Life Ministries, Reading, Strategy/Role Playing games, and Professional Networking...

A summary of Andrew's current résumé is available here, and he can be reached on a variety of social and professional networks, including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.