via the awesome Chris Lanier’s Blog
Fellow MVP Anthony Park has just released MyNetflix for Vista Media Center. This incredible MCML plug-in has a host of features including “Watch Now” streaming ability! That’s right, no more waiting for Netflix to get their head in the game. Other features include…
Grab the free beta download here. Thanks for Anthony Park and Ryan Hurst (for the original work) for making this plug-in a reality.
I’ve been working with Windows Vista Service Pack 1 for several months now, in beta releases and, for the last two weeks, in the final released code. I’ve put together this post to answer some questions I’m frequently asked about this long-awaited update. If you have a question that isn’t in this list, ask in the Talkback section.
How big is SP1?
That depends on how you get it. The standalone updater for the five-language version weighs in at 434MB (455,562,200 bytes) for the x86 version, and 726MB (761,740,600 bytes) for the x64 version. If you download the installer via Windows Update, however, the package is much smaller, typically over 50 MB but well under 100 MB. The updater uses Remote Differential Compression to compare the currently installed OS files with the SP1 files on the server, downloads the changed portions from the Windows Update server, and then combines the updates with the unchanged contents on the computer being upgraded.
The 32–bit standalone installer is approximately 60% larger than Windows XP Service Pack 2. Delivered via Windows Update, Vista SP1 is slightly smaller than the Windows Update version of XP SP2.
Will SP1 install on my copy of Windows Vista?
Yes, as long as you have a retail, OEM, or Enterprise edition in English, German, French, Spanish, or Japanese. If you have any other language packs installed (in Vista Ultimate or Enterprise), you’ll have to uninstall them first. A standalone updater for all worldwide languages will be available in April.
Read the rest at Ed Bott’s Microsoft Report]]>
You may be with Chris Prillo’s Windows Vista Experience.
Well let me tell you mine have been no better, however it has been different. I started testing Vista at Beta 1, dual booting it with my XP install. Hardware problems were first to show up, not only from the lack of drivers standpoint, but “faulty” drivers as well.
Lack of drivers was and regretably still is a big issue, regardless of Microsoft PR.
My color laser printer from Konica-Minolta, a 2300DL (less than 2 yrs old) doesn’t work the way it is supposed to. They claim that the Windows XP driver will work, it might, but the Network Printer functions do NOT, and that is how it is installed. Sure, I could “work around” that and share it on the same network. But that means the machine that it is connected to must be on for it to be available.
Read my next post which will tell the tale of the dual boot corruption issues at www.lockergnome.com/nexus/betagnome
Let me add one conclusion upfront and early - I like Vista, even if I have issues. If we don’t let Microsoft know what we don’t like and where we are frustrated - how can they make the “Vista Experience” better.]]>