13 december 2007

Så skal der downloades - SP1 er klar i RC versionen

Nu skal der testes - RC (Release Candidate) versionen af SP1 for Vista er frigivet til alle os dødelige.

Du finder den her.

Jeg vil vende tilbage med mere info efterhånden som jeg har fået installeret og testet den.

Obs. Den fylder iøvrigt 548,5 MB så nogen rettelser må der da trods alt gemme sig i denne ServicePack ;-)

10 december 2007

Windows Genuine Advantage ændres med SP1

Microsoft ændrer strategi overfor SW-pirater med introduktionen af SP1 for Vista.
De vil ikke længere deaktivere programmer på Pc'en, men i stedet gøre tilværelsen ulidelig for dem der ikke anvender licenseret software.

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WGA is changing with Vista SP1
Posted 12/4/2007 by Steve Sinchak - Read more at USA Today

SEATTLE —Microsoft is pulling back from a system that disables programs on users' computers if it suspects the software is pirated, opting instead for a gentler approach based on nagging alerts.

Microsoft said late Monday it will roll out the new version of Windows Genuine Advantage with the first "service pack" for Windows Vista, due in the first quarter of 2008.

When computer users activate a copy of Windows Vista or try to download certain software from Microsoft's website, the Windows Genuine Advantage system scans their PCs for signs of pirated software. Today, if the tool finds an unauthorized copy of Vista, the glassy Vista user experience disappears and other features are suspended.

In the new version, PC users found to have a pirated copy of Vista will continue to be able to use their computers, but with unmistakable signs their operating system is a fake. The desktop wallpaper will turn black, and a white notice will appear alerting users to the problem. Each time they log in, they will be prompted to buy legitimate software, and every hour, a reminder bubble will appear on the screen.

Users with a high tolerance for irritation can put off switching to genuine software indefinitely, but those who relent and buy a real copy of Windows can do so at reduced prices — $119 for Windows Vista Home Premium, half the regular retail price.

SP1 til Vista nærmer sig med hastige skridt

ServicePack 1 til Vista er i disse dag blevet frigivet i en Release Candidate version - Release Candidate er den sidste fase inden den endelige RTM-version (Release-To-Manufacturing).

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Announcing Windows Vista SP1 Release Candidate
Posted 12/5/2007 by Steve Sinchak on Microsoft's Windows Vista Blog

Today we're making available the release candidate (RC) of Windows Vista SP1 via Microsoft Connect, and tomorrow subscribers to TechNet and MDSN will have access to those RC bits too. In addition, the RC will be available to the public next week via Microsoft's Download Center. The release candidate phase of beta software is typically the final phase before the RTM (release-to-manufacturing) of a product and indicates that the code has attained a significant level of performance and stability.

Let me call out several changes made since the Beta release of Service Pack 1 -- many of which came about as a result of direct feedback from our Beta-testing community (thank you!):

  • The size of the standalone installers have decreased significantly. For example, the standalone installer packages consisting of all 36 languages (x86 and x64 chip architectures) are smaller by over 50%. The standalone installer packages consisting of just the 5 languages (again, x86 and x64) slated for initial release are more than 30% smaller in size.
  • The required amount of disc space for SP1 installation has also decreased significantly. Furthermore, with the RC, if more space is required to install SP1, an error message will now display exactly how much space is needed to complete the installation.
  • Previous SP1 versions left behind a directory of files that wasn't needed after installation and occupied about 1GB of space; the RC includes automatic disk clean-up to remove this directory.
  • Installation reliability has been improved based on bug reports and error codes reported from Windows Update (thanks, Beta testers!). Testing shows that these improvements have significantly increased the proportion of successful installations of the RC.
  • We've improved the user experience of installing SP1 via Windows Update. During the Beta release, users installed without much guidance from Windows Update. The RC now contains a series of screens with detailed information on SP1.