Wednesday, August 29, 2007

PS2/PC: XP and Vista Service Packs

Both operating systems will be getting service packs early next year.

XP's was meant to be released last year, but was delayed. Many of the noticable changes are apparently going to be to Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, and Windows Live Messenger. I find this odd since they are updated on their own usually. Anyway, this will be the last major update for XP. Microsoft is supposed to stop selling and licensing XP on January 31st, 2008. Main support for it stops 4/14/2009 and extended support stops 4/8/2014. This is actually far longer than normal, but then again XP lasted alot longer than usual. Mostly because it took so long for Microsoft to release Vista.

Vista's addresses a number of issues, alot of which are listed at the link below. The thing is running in a somewhat closed beta right now. The download is about a gigabyte and it needs seven to install. Most of that space clears up after installation though.

PSU related:

- Includes application programming interfaces (APIs) by which third-party security and malicious software detection applications can work with kernel patch protection on x64 versions of Windows Vista. These APIs help ISVs develop software that extends the functionality of the Windows kernel on x64 computers without disabling or weakening the protection offered by kernel patch protection. [Basically what this means is that stuff like Norton and McAffe will work better.]

- Improved reliability and compatibility of Windows Vista when used with newer graphics cards in several specific scenarios and configurations.

- Improved reliability when working with external displays on a laptop.

- Improved Windows Vista reliability in networking configuration scenarios.

- Improved reliability of systems that were upgraded from Windows XP to Windows Vista.

- Improves the speed of copying and extracting files.

- The service pack will add support for Direct3D 10.1, adding application programming interfaces (APIs) and features that enable 3-D applications, so game developers can better take advantage of a new generation of Direct3D graphics hardware.

For those of you waiting for the 'bugfix' release of Vista, I think this Service Pack covers most of the outstanding issues.

Vista Improvements

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