Closer Look: Beta Windows Vista Service Pack 1

With dissatisfaction over the Vista operating system persistent, can Microsoft right the OS's wrongs with its upcoming Vista service pack? Microsoft made the latest beta of Vista SP1 available to the public earlier this month, and after informally testing it for a couple of days, I find my PC is working more reliably--and some tasks especially file copying, take less time. But I was hoping for more out of SP1, such as bigger system performance gains and fixes for Vista annoyances including the oft-criticized User Account Control feature.

And if you are waiting for major improvements to switch to Vista, you'd better hope that Microsoft's SP1 development team goes into overdrive before the service pack's official release and gives you more compelling reasons to make the jump to the OS. Vista undergoes no major overhaul with the SP1 release I looked at.

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SP1 RC fixed some problems I had, didn't introduce any new ones and gave small performance improvements. So it's all good IMO. Vista works rather well on my system.

i tried the sp1 beta for about a month or so and didnt notice a difference. i gave vista a good try for about 8 months.

last night i went back to xp. wow what a great difference. everything runs fast, it boots up faster. and all my programs work as they should.

tho only thing i miss is vistas new visuals. like the fading, transparent, and shaded windows.

sp1 aint even out yet so a comparison before then would be useless,vista has its problems just like any new os,give it time to mature and stop the lame bashing of vista unless you have actual proof of your claims.ppl bash without proof how lame.

You guys do realise there was a ppatch put out to fix the file copy problem and you dont need sp1.

They also stated that patch will be included in the final sp1 but is not included in the betas.

IF the press is going to bash vista they should atleast get there facts right.

(majortom1981 said @ #6)
You guys do realise there was a ppatch put out to fix the file copy problem and you dont need sp1.

They also stated that patch will be included in the final sp1 but is not included in the betas.

IF the press is going to bash vista they should atleast get there facts right.

then whats the patch called? i need it.

I've been trying the RC's for a little over a month on my PC @ home and to be honest I don't see any noticeable difference whatsoever except maybe that now I can watch a movie or listen to music over the network without it lagging... whoopty f***n' doo... bravo Microsoft! You saved the world.... :suspicious:

As far as the abysmal file-copying crap - TerraCopy is the answer - anybody that uses Vista should get it - the basic version is free and it work great (even faster than their improved file copying mechanism in SP1 seems like but I haven't done any technical comparisons).

I'll try the final version as well but have 0 hopes for it anymore and my plan is to move back to XP once SP3 comes out. Vista is the new ME as far as I'm concerned (if not even worse - at least ME was just crashing - Vista has all kinds of crazy problems) - Microsoft messed up big time. They can lie all they want about it's fast adoption and all that B.S.... Yes, I know they have high sales because it comes pre-loaded on new PC's but just by looking at how many friend's laptops I've re-formated back to XP this holiday season - it doesn't look like people want that s**t at all. I can only imagine how many wasted copies of this crap there will be - I know I'm guilty of caving in and buying one - stupid me. Should've spent that money on something useful instead.

My experience is the exact opposite of what you've described, right down to making Vista run great on other people's machines (with integrated graphics and a non dual core CPU no less).

I like how the author thinks having the indexer index the entire HDD is a good thing. If Microsoft enabled it, he would probably be complaining that his HDD was thrashing all the time. Some people...

This is so funny. They need SP in order to get file copying done Common, file copying is one of very basic OS features and it must work off the shell, even in alpha version.

(Xire said @ #3)
This is so funny. They need SP in order to get file copying done Common, file copying is one of very basic OS features and it must work off the shell, even in alpha version.

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Sorry, but that was a very ignorant post, wasn't it? Ofcourse File copying works, they just speeded it up in SP1.

(Xire said @ #1)
This is so funny. They need SP in order to get file copying done Common, file copying is one of very basic OS features and it must work off the shell, even in alpha version.

I bet someone already told you in the past that you're supposed to turn your brain on before posting.

(Mad_Griffith said @ #3.2)

I bet someone already told you in the past that you're supposed to turn your brain on before posting.

One could say its slow enough that it appears not to work.

(Mad_Griffith said @ #3.2)

I bet someone already told you in the past that you're supposed to turn your brain on before posting.

you are ryt "turn your brain on before posting"

well , i have SP1 RC1, and i cant tell the different between SP1 and RTM which means its full of crap. im so close to moving back to XP .. i think Vista is rubbish atm and they really need to pull their socks up by giving it a performance gain and stabilty.. hopefully SP1 will be as close to XP is .. and i wont have to complain about why vista is crap.