Anyone tried the Vista release candidate of SP1?

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Old 01 January 2008   #1
Anyone tried the Vista release candidate of SP1?

So has anyone been the guinea pig yet?

If it doesn't help that much, I may go thorugh the headache and install XP on this laptop (headache due to OEM laptop + driver support for an older OS).
 
Old 01 January 2008   #2
Speaking of which, though, nLite is your friend. Seriously, integrating SATA drivers has never been easier, all you need is an XP CD, the downloaded drivers and a CD-R.
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Old 01 January 2008   #3
Is SP1 officially out yet - I thought it was still in Testing.

SP1 better be a big improvement over VISTA, or I too might consider 'downgrading' to the superior XP.
 
Old 01 January 2008   #4
SP1 is only available to the signed-up beta testers. I looked for the update last night for my Vista system but it's not showing up yet in auto-update. Apparently another several weeks yet before 'mass' release.
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Old 01 January 2008   #5
Originally Posted by Signal2Noise: SP1 is only available to the signed-up beta testers. I looked for the update last night for my Vista system but it's not showing up yet in auto-update. Apparently another several weeks yet before 'mass' release.


SP1 is in release candidate stage, not beta. It's publicly available here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft don't add any pre-release software to the Windows Update (unless you run a script to allow that), which is why it wasn't there for you.
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Old 01 January 2008   #6
I am more than willing to wait a couple of weeks, but I am quite curious to hear anyone's experience with SP1.
 
Old 01 January 2008   #7
Originally Posted by Szos: I am more than willing to wait a couple of weeks, but I am quite curious to hear anyone's experience with SP1.


I think the major points people are finding are:
Hotpatching (no more reboots after windows updates).
Faster File Copying/Network Transfer speeds, getting back to the XP speeds everyone's used to, or better.
Various awake from sleep fixes mostly for laptops etc.
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Old 01 January 2008   #8
Originally Posted by tuna: SP1 is in release candidate stage, not beta. It's publicly available here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft don't add any pre-release software to the Windows Update (unless you run a script to allow that), which is why it wasn't there for you.


Nice! Tempting, but I should wait since I really don't have any problem with my Vista.
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Old 01 January 2008   #9
I'm using it on my development laptop (I tend to run beta software where I can - this machine also uses Firefox3 beta2).

File transfers are better, although, still not perfect, and I still prefer to use Dopus to manage files.

I've found my hard-drive really thrashing a lot when I boot, I don't know if it's related to the update or not. I found killing superfetch and readyboost services fixed it, but it's also made the non SP1 machines perform better.
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Old 01 January 2008   #10
Originally Posted by tuna: SP1 is in release candidate stage, not beta. It's publicly available here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...&DisplayLang=en
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Okay, thanks Thomas. Obviously I hadn't realized it was publicly available. I'm downloading it now onto my Vista 64-bit machine and will comment on it's performance after a run thru.
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Old 01 January 2008   #11
Just got an official invite to download it. Even though I've been using it since late last year
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Old 01 January 2008   #12
Originally Posted by salmonmoose: I...I found superfetch and readyboost services fixed it, but it's also made the non SP1 machines perform better.


Wasn't ReadyBoost found to be essentially useless? The idea is pretty good, but the reality is that there is no real benefit to the technology.

I haven't turned it off on my home Vista machine, but I am tempted to.
 
Old 01 January 2008   #13
i just installed vista last week for the first time. i got all the updates and it has been running great for me. no issues, programs load up quickly. i'm pretty happy with it so far.
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Old 01 January 2008   #14
Originally Posted by Szos: Wasn't ReadyBoost found to be essentially useless? The idea is pretty good, but the reality is that there is no real benefit to the technology.

I haven't turned it off on my home Vista machine, but I am tempted to.


Its useless if you got enough memory to do all your work...that should be the case with most CG work station. But if you're using a laptop with limited memory, its works perfectly because once you go over your memory, rather than Vista accessing HD, its accessing faster USB ram.
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Old 01 January 2008   #15
Originally Posted by Szos: Wasn't ReadyBoost found to be essentially useless? The idea is pretty good, but the reality is that there is no real benefit to the technology.

I haven't turned it off on my home Vista machine, but I am tempted to.


That's why I turned it off

It'd be nice on my desktop, if I had one of those flashy new hard drives with flash-ram built in. However using USB has CPU overhead that's just not worth it.

Superfetch is even worse... especially if you're on a laptop that goes in and out of sleep.
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