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Vista SP1

It has been officially available for a couple weeks now, but some of us have been running it for over a month at this point.  Of course, outside of the MSDN and TechNet avenues, the only way to get it was due to a Microsoft mistake. Smile

In any event, my home and work systems have seen tremendous benefit from the upgrade to Service Pack 1 for Vista, even though there are many who still don't like it.  Not only did it improve performance -- especially on my laptop with 1GB of RAM (which ran more slowly on Vista x64 RTM than it did under XP x64 SP2) -- but it also took care of an annoying bug with the task scheduler where it would not properly process the quotes, which broke the application.  I checked the list of updates included in Vista SP1 and could not find and entry for this bug, but I verified that the problem existed in multiple Vista RTM systems, both 32-bit and 64-bit.  The handle leak in LSM.exe problem was thankfully rolled into SP1, as that one bugged me quite regularly.

You can also read about some changes that were made to the File Copy algorithm due to complaints about the original version of Vista.

I did not experience any of the well-reported SP1 installation woes during any of my five upgrades, a mix of 32-bit and 64-bit systems.  From my perspective, this service pack addressed more than enough of my needs to be useful.  I'm also sure that it won't do much to change the general anti-Vista sentiment that exists, but it works for my, so I have no complaints...

(The only annoyance was uninstalling all those language packs I had installed but didn't actually need.)

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Posted: Monday, March 31, 2008 5:52 PM by Logik!


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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.