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Thursday, 06.12.07

Installing Windows Vista SP1 RC via Windows Update [UPDATE2]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:01 CET under Digital - Gadgets

Quite cool - for registered Beta tester, Microsoft is providing the new Windows Vista SP1 RC via Windows Update. All you have to do is downloading a small file which updates Windows Update that it finds the Service Pac 1 RC on the Windows Update server:

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Microsoft releases Windows Vista Service Pack 1 RC1
Posted by Arne Hess - at 11:05 CET under Digital - Gadgets

I've already tried some previous Betas of Microsoft's upcoming Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista on several PCs and while it (still) works fine on my Media Center, it had some trouble on my Notebook.
If you haven't heard about it so far, Windows Vista SP1 is an update to today's Windows Vista that, along with improvements delivered to users via other channels, addresses feedback from Microsoft customers. In addition to previously released updates, SP1 will contain changes focused on addressing specific reliability, performance and compatibility issues, supporting new types of hardware and adding support for several emerging standards. SP1 also continues to improve upon the IT administration experience. Unlike Windows XP's SP2, Windows Vista's SP1 is not intended to be a vehicle for releasing new features; however some existing components do gain slightly enhanced functionality in SP1.

While SP1 contains valuable updates to Windows, organizations don't need to wait to deploy and can experience the improved security, management and deployment benefits of Windows Vista today.

Currently, Microsoft is targeting a RTM release in Q1-08, depending on customer feedback and the quality of the beta. The SP1 RC was released to the 15k Beta Testers on Microsoft Connect and on Thursday, December 6, the RC was made available via MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Furthermore, Microsoft plans to release the SP1 RC bits to the public on TechNet anytime  next week.
SP1 is going to be released in two waves. The initial release of SP1 will include 5 languages (English, French, Spanish, German, and Japanese). The second release containing all 36 basic languages will occur afterwards.

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Wednesday, 26.09.07

Installing Windows Vista Service Pack 1 on Vista Ultimate
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:38 CET under Digital - Gadgets

Okay, after I've downloaded the wrong file yesterday (which I've figured out after the 16 hours download), I finally downloaded the right one (read just the Service Pack 1, not Windows Vista including the Service Pack 1) and I've started the installation now:

I've also fired up my stop watch to see if the installation really takes 30 minutes only (which would be fast for a 1.x GB Service Pack) or if it takes longer anyway.

UPDATE: Okay, the installation of the files took something around 25 minutes only. Now the PC rebooted and Widows is configuring the updates (as it said).
Just in time while I was reading this update, the PC rebooted again. We will see what's coming next...

UPDATE: Okay, after roughly 25 minutes of installation and another 30 minutes of configuration the PC came up again is is ready to use now:

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Tuesday, 25.09.07

Starting Windows Vista Service Pack 1 test
Posted by Arne Hess - at 09:22 CET under Digital - Gadgets

Well, I'm not yet ready to install it but still downloading it (started the download 8 hours ago) but it seems it takes a little bit longer since all 12,000 invited Beta testers seems to download it in parallel:

Anyway, as soon as it's done I will put it on my test PC (to first check how smooth the installation and performance is going) and maybe testing it on my production PC after.

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Wednesday, 16.05.07

Fujitsu Siemens or HTC? HTC or Fujitsu Siemens? [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - at 12:41 CET under Digital - Gadgets

No question, when I saw the HTC Shift announcement the first time I was thrilled by HTC's first UMPC but now I wonder if the recently announced Fujitsu (Siemens) is the better choice?
the::unwired reader Ralf just sent this photos from the WinHEC he's currently attending in L.A. and no question - both devices have their advantages:

I think everything comes down to the included WWAN options and while the Shift is announced to have GPRS/UMTS/HSDPA I haven't read a single line about WWAN functionalities of the Fujitsu (Siemens) UMPC yet. If WWAN isn't part of the pack, it's a no-go anyway.

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