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April 24, 2007

Vista previews, fixes, and gripes

Posted by David Hunter at 10:32 PM ET.

If you are still running a beta copy of Vista, Microsoft wants you to know that all good things come to an end:

Microsoft Corp. today spelled out exactly how users of Windows Vista betas and release candidates can shift to the final code, and warned that beginning June 1, preview-equipped PCs will automatically reboot every two hours.

Notifications will start going out today to users of Vista Ultimate Beta 2, Release Candidate 1 (RC1) and RC2 of the upcoming expiration, a company spokeswoman said. “Customers will have ample time to back up data and migrate their PCs to the final version of Windows Vista,” she said.

If you didn’t do the sensible thing and install the Vista beta on a real or virtual test machine that you can just wipe, you may have a lot of backing up to do to preserve your data. More details by following the link and at Microsoft’s Vista web site.

Meanwhile, Windows Vista got what can only be described as a service pack except that it is for Media Center only. The April 2007 Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista fixes a number of problems and it adds:

  • Online Media support has been added for Windows Media Center on 64-bit versions of Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Video Playlist support has been added for Windows Media Center Extenders
  • Improvements have been made to Online Media caching

Finally, back in February I mentioned in passing the problem that Nvidia was having shipping working Vista graphics drivers despite supposedly having certified drivers. Now there’s a new group contemplating a class action lawsuit against Nvidia.

Filed under Beta and CTP, Microsoft, OS - Client, Windows Vista

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One Response to “Vista previews, fixes, and gripes”

  1. Release candidate of Vista Service Pack 1 revealed | Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Among other things in the document, “Microsoft has added 700,000 new device types since the initial Windows Vista release in November 2006. Including device drivers in the box and those available from Windows Update, by July 2007 Windows Vista supported nearly 2.2 million devices.” All to the good, but it’s cold comfort if the particular device you are counting on in XP isn’t one of them or the Vista driver is buggy. Still, this is is a step towards cleaning up Vista’s less than stellar reputation.   Filed under OS – Client, Windows Vista, Beta and CTP, Microsoft   [Permalink] [TrackBack] [...]

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