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Reader Feedback: Vista SP1 Success Stories

OK, so not everybody has a disaster story or a cautionary tale to tell about Vista. In the interest of balance, here are a few happy tales of service packing.

Bob seems pretty pleased so far:

"I've been running Vista since beta 1, and my only complaint is user access control. Everything else, including better drivers once they became available (for mainstream hardware), and lots of other pluses made me a convert on both x86 and x64 long ago. SP1 installed onto an x86 workstation, my main x64 monster box and my Dell e1505 laptop without a hitch the day it was available (via MSDN)."

Excellent. As much as we enjoy bashing Vista, these are the stories we (and partners) like to hear. Todd has another one:

"Vista SP1 installed flawlessly on my Dell laptop over the weekend. It took about an hour or so for the whole process (wireless download through Windows Update, install, reboot and three-step install). The Windows Update process took care of everything. It was so easy, a caveman could do it.

"I haven't found anything it broke yet and didn't really have anything I was waiting for it to fix. However, this laptop is only moderately used for basic Web application testing (in IE 7, Firefox 3 beta, Safari 3 for Windows), run-of-the-mill Web browsing and GoToMyPC access to my office desktop, so I had really expected it would be a fairly low-risk update."

Ken is right there with you, Todd:

"So far, I have patched my home machine, and I have developed several SP1 baselines for our enterprise, using Vista Enterprise. I have seen no problems so far; in fact, I have noticed some improvement. However, we are still very early in our enterprise development, but things are going well."

Very nice! Mike says that things are going (mostly) well, too:

"As an MCP, an associate to a Certified Partner and an inquisitive techie, I started using Vista as soon as I could (partly as it is part of my job).

"I have three machines running Vista, one with Enterprise, one with Home Premium and one with Vista Ultimate. I have SP1ed the Enterprise version, which runs on my Dell Inspiron 1300, which I mainly use for editing my photographs in Adobe Photoshop CS2 and running Microsoft Expressions Web as well as Microsoft Access for developing databases. My desktop PC has Vista Ultimate, which I use for RAW image processing, printing and e-mail (Office 2007).

"I have not, as yet, experienced any post-SP1 issues. At work, we have tested Vista (non-SP); however, one of our software vendors is still having issues with the Vista version of their software due to significant changes in the OS, and another vendor is having very noticeable speed issues with their Vista version -- their new version still runs significantly faster on XP SP2."

Well, Mike, even a mitigated success is still a success, especially as far as Vista is concerned. Thanks to all who took the time to write, and remember that the door to RCPU is always open at

Posted by Lee Pender on 03/27/2008 at 1:21 PM


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