[Offtopic] Vista Service Pack One

Alan Oh OH.A at wcc.vic.edu.au
Wed Dec 12 12:02:44 EST 2007

Thanks very much for that information Stephen. We are just only looking
at Vista, more from a personal use point of view. Can 't wait for SP1 to
come out.

Alan Oh
Waverley Christian College
Tel: (613) 9871-8600 ext 605
www: www.wcc.vic.edu.au
email: oh.a at wcc.vic.edu.au

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Subject: [Offtopic] Vista Service Pack One

Vista Service Pack 1 Details ..
By Nathan Weinberg. 12/11/2007

Our writer, Long Zheng, has a detailed list of the major changes in
Windows Vista Service Pack 1, coming in beta any day now ...

. Adds support to enable new types of Windows Media Center Extenders,
such as digital televisions and networked DVD players, to connect to
Windows media Center PCs.

. Enhances the MPEG-2 decoder to support content protection across a
user accessible bus on Media Center systems configured with Digital
Cable Tuner hardware. This also effectively enables higher levels of
hardware decoder acceleration for commercial DVD playback on some

. SP1 addresses issues many of the most common causes of crashes and
hangs in Windows Vista, as reported by Windows Error Reporting. These
include issues relating to Windows Calendar, Windows Media Player, and a
number of drivers included with Windows Vista.

. Improves reliability by preventing data-loss while ejecting
NTFS-formatted removable-media.

. Improves wireless ad-hoc connection (computer-to-computer wireless
connections) success rate

. Improves Windows Vista's built-in file backup solution to include EFS
encrypted files in the backup.

. Improves the performance of browsing network file shares by consuming
less bandwidth.

. Improves power consumption when the display is not changing by
allowing the processor to remain in its sleep state which consumes less

. Improves power consumption and battery life by addressing an issue
that causes a hard disk to continue spinning when it should spin down,
in certain circumstances.

. Improves the speed of adding and extracting files to and from a
(zipped) folder.

. Significantly improves the speed of moving a directory with many files

. Improves performance over Windows Vista's current performance across
the following scenarios:

   . 25% faster when copying files locally on the same disk on the same

   . 45% faster when copying files from a remote non-Windows Vista
system to a
     SP1 system

   . 50% faster when copying files from a remote SP1 system to a local

. Improves the copy progress estimation when copying files within
Windows Explorer to about two seconds.

. Improves the time to read large images by approximately 50%.

. Improves IE performance on certain Jscript intensive websites,
bringing performance in line with previous IE releases.

. Addresses a problem that caused a delay of up to 5 minutes after boot
with specific ReadyDrive capable hard drives.

. In specific scenarios, SP1 reduces the shutdown time by a few seconds
by improving the Windows Vista utility designed to sync a mobile device.

. Reduces the time it takes to return to the user's session when using
the Photo screensaver, making it comparable to other screensavers

Cheers, people
Stephen Loosley
Victoria, Australia

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