• MS blocks HP's AMDs from SP3 update for XP (I love acronyms)

    Since HP can’t seem to make the SP3 patch for XP work with its AMD procs, Microsoft has blocked these computers from getting the free update from Windows Update. The bug affected AMD-based computers that were getting updates for Intel-based computers on accident, notable those made by HD. This would cause endless rebooting as the machines couldn’t utilize the downloaded… Read More

  • Parallels nows supports Vista SP1, XP SP3

    Parallels, the virtualization software that lets you run Windows apps on an Intel Mac, now supports Windows Vista SP1 and Windows XP SP3. The latest version, which was released earlier today, costs $80, the same as VMware’s competing application Fusion. I used Parallels once, sometime last year, and couldn’t couldn’t connect to the Internet within Windows. So I freaked out… Read More

  • SP3 for XP Pro goes to manufacturers today

    Those of you clinging onto Windows XP who’ve been waiting for SP3 to bolster your OS are in luck, as according to Zdnet Microsoft has released the update to manufacturers today. This means that it’s done and ready to go to the system updater, which we hear will be around the 29th, or a week from tomorrow. This service pack update will work on any version of XP Pro. The service… Read More

  • Is your life better or worse with Windows Vista SP1?

    So how are things? Everything go okay with the service pack installation? I’ve certainly been critical of Vista in the past but I’m happy to admit that my upgrade went through without a hitch. The fan on my notebook seems to have settled down a bit and programs seem to be opening more quickly, so I’m happier than I was before SP1. The general consensus from around the web… Read More

  • Vista SP1: Things to fix in tomorrow's service pack

    Joe Wilcox has an article over on Microsoft Watch called “10 Things I Warned Microsoft About Windows Vista” wherein he details some of the advice he gave to Microsoft executives back when Vista was in development. Some of the points are moot now that Vista’s been released like “Vista will miss the big PC upgrade cycle, call Vista Basic ‘Windows Basic’… Read More

  • Vista SP1 available tomorrow

    Apparently tomorrow’s the big day. The first service pack for Windows Vista will be available for manual download on the Windows Update and Microsoft Downloads sites. It’ll also be pushed out as an automatic update on April 18th for those users who can stand another month of random crashes, slow system performance, and the inability to reliably connect to secure networks. Read More

  • Vista SP1 accidentally released yesterday

    Anyone get Vista SP1 via Windows Update yesterday? Apparently someone at Microsoft accidentally made the update available for a little while — can you believe it? Here’s what ZDNet’s Adrian Kingsley-Hughes was able to get out of a spokesperson. “…Today, a build of SP1 was posted to Windows Update and it was inadvertently made available to a broad group. The… Read More

  • Vista SP1 on February 15th?

    Okay, grains of salt and all that good stuff but I came across an article on Neowin.net that linked to a DigiTimes article about the supply and demand of DRAM in 2008, wherein a spokesperson for a Taiwanese company called Nanya Technology and Inotera Memories made a passing comment about the “launch of an updated version of Microsoft Vista on February 15” and how it might help… Read More

  • Install Vista SP1 Release Candidate in ten easy steps

    Are you looking to try out the Vista Service Pack 1 Release Candidate but you’re not quite sure where to start? It’s not as straightforward as you might have thought, huh? Just follow this simple ten step guide and you’ll be good to go before you know it. Read More

  • Vista SP1 to dramatically increase network speed?

    Okay, thankfully it seems as though Vista SP1 actually will noticeably increase speeds, particularly in the networking department. According to Ed Bott at ZDNet, the tests I told you about last Tuesday were "based on a silly artificial benchmark involving scripting of Office applications." So be it. And yes, those test had nothing to do with networking. I’ll reserve judgment… Read More

  • Windows Vista SP1 Gets Officially Announced

    Microsoft recently made some postings over at the official Windows Vista Blog concerning Windows Vista Service Pack 1. A beta has now been announced and once SP1 Beta is completed, it will be released so that everyone who has a grudge against Vista can now have less of a grudge. Enough with that chatter though, you want to know what’s going to be included in the release… Read More

  • Vista SP1 Coming In One Week

    If you’ve been putting off the upgrade to Vista in anticipation of SP1 coming out then you won’t have to wait much longer. Beta 1 of Vista SP1 is said to be coming some time during the week of July 16. If all this is true then we can expect the final version of SP1 to be released in November, which puts it in line with the RTM of Windows Server 2008, if you’re feeling… Read More

  • Windows Vista SP1 Coming Soon(er)

    Apparently Windows can’t keep its big mouth shut. After some digging, a number of sites have found mention of Windows Vista SP1 in Microsoft Downloads, the service Microsoft offers for updates and other big file downloads. What does this mean? Essentially it looks like Service Pack 1 exists within Microsoft’s own confined workspace and that some technical writer didn’t… Read More

  • Windows Vista SP1 Coming Soon

    Are you ready for some Vista Service Pack 1 hotness? It does, in fact, exist, folks. So don’t think I’ve gone crazy. At the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference a PC was shown running the service pack, “Windows Build 6001 Service Pack 1, v113.”, and the crowd went absolutely buck wild. I think. In any case, the service pack has been spotted and now we wait for… Read More

  • Vista Service Pack Coming in Fall

    Holding off buying a Vista PC or waiting to roll Vista out in your enterprise solution? According to Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel, a Vista Service Pack should launch in October or November, letting slip one of Microsoft’s most closely guarded secrets. See, folks don’t like to buy new software. Just ask the folks who are waiting patiently for Windows XP to really get rock solid… Read More