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    Service Pack 1 a Bust? (XP)

    Based on what I've read, I'm having difficulty seeing anything compelling about Windows XP Service Pack 1. Seems that it's mostly an effort to keep Microsoft's butt out of the DOJ sling and to push support for new warm & fuzzy home entertainment features that won't even work on the desktop and notebook PCs that we all rely upon. Thusfar, the only redeeming value I've heard about is USB 2.0 support... but can't you already get that via Windows Update?

    So, am I missing something?

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    Re: Service Pack 1 a Bust? (XP)

    "USB 2.0 support... but can't you already get that via Windows Update" answer is NO, at least NOT yet.

    I am running SP1 on my laptop, and yes the user will NOT see much, it is a lot of internal fixes. It will be a download and/or on CD. There should NOT be a fee other than for the CD and shipping.

    "push support for new warm & fuzzy home entertainment features that won't even work on the desktop and notebook PCs that we all rely upon"

    What do you know that I do not about this? Please list the problems you are having in this area. I will check them out and repot them as a bug.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Service Pack 1 a Bust? (XP)

    First, define compelling. It's not a release of a new version of Windows. It's a maintenance release. Software development is a fickle beast - you get to a point where you can live with the bugs, and yes, there are always a few - then you freeze the development, test it, and ship it. As time passes and users break the software in ways the developers could never have dreamed of, fixes become available for specific issues. Paul Thurrott has an excellent overview of SP1 as it relates to the average end user. Dave is a beta tester as well and I bet he's got at least <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> to put in on what the Service Pack does (above and beyond what he's already posted).

    If you haven't followed the tech news over the last year, Microsoft has had one heck of a time with security flaws. For that reason alone the service pack installation is compelling. Add DirectX 9, which will become something many games will require in the future and you've got another significant upgrade. DirectX is transparent to you but it's the reason you can <img src=/S/munch.gif border=0 alt=munch width=19 height=17> time playing Doom on your desktop.

    Yes, it includes a nod to the current legal battle. That was added to cover their behinds and I don't see anything wrong with it, it's better than nothing - a step in the right direction.

    Those "warm & fuzzy entertainment features that won't even work on a desktop and notebook" aren't part of Service Pack 1. You appear to be misinformed about those features - Service Pack 1 will include some enabling technologies, but the recently announced Media Center edition of XP (The marketing name for freestyle) is a separate animal that you won't be able to get in a Service Pack or at retail. It will be preloaded on specially designed PCs. Check out this article: http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase...le_preview.asp

    Mira, the other technology enabled by SP1, won't be used by many people at first. It's not warm and fuzzy, it's intended to allow you (and Microsoft) to move from the home office, den or bedroom into your living room using wireless technology and LCD displays that you must purchase. Read more about it here: http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/mira_preview.asp
    -Mark

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    Re: Service Pack 1 a Bust? (XP)

    By "push support for new warm & fuzzy home entertainment features that won't even work on the desktop and notebook PCs that we all rely upon." I was referring to the Mira and Freestyle stuff. I was not, however, aware that DirectX 9 was going to make it into Sp1.

    This is where some of my info has come from:

    http://news.com.com/2100-1001-932992.html

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    Re: Service Pack 1 a Bust? (XP)

    OK, that's what I thought you meant. Support will be there with the release of SP1 - but that doesn't mean that you or I will benefit from it.

    I've found that Paul Thurrott's WinInformant newsletter is the best source of information for things like this. In a vein similar to the way Woody covers office - that is, to put the screws to the software and say it stinks when it does, rather than tote the Microsoft banner or re-write the press release from Redmond - core Microsoft issues are reviewed. Worth a look-see if you've never read it before: The WinInformant website.

    Unless you're into being a guinea pig, let Dave and the other testers/early adopters shake out the problems. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> I'll be downloading SP1 after I've seen that it doesn't have any <img src=/S/hiding.gif border=0 alt=hiding width=70 height=24> nasties!
    -Mark

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