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Windows XP SP3 & Windows Vista SP1 Pre-BETA Released

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Microsoft recently released the pre-beta service packs for XP and Vista to select testers. Windows Vista SP1 (Build 6001.16549) (longhorn_sp1beta1.070628-1825) and Windows XP SP3 (Build 5.1.2600.3180) (xpsp.070718-2058).

 

Coming in at less than 350MB, the service pack includes fixes for over 900 reported problems, some of which have already been resolved with post-Service Pack 2 hotfixes.

 

Some additional info for Vista SP1 is that it has yet to delivered as an update to testers and is being delivered as the full ISO. Claimed ISO sizes are 3.07 GB for the 32-Bit edition and 4.3GB for the 64-Bit Edition. Note that the large sizes may be explained by debug code for this early phase of testing. Also claimed are that most of the files carry the 6001 build tag

 

I read that the final versions might be available first half of 2008, but this ZDNET author seems to speculate they might release XP SP3 as early as this fall. I wouldn't install either one of these alphas as of now, but it sure makes me anticipate the service packs.

 

Sources:

http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=627

 

http://united-underground.com/?p=47

 

http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,135649-pg,1/article.html

 

http://www.activewin.com/awin/comments.asp...lineIndex=40504

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cool, then for one year, every time I re-install XP maybe I won't have to download 70 gagillion updates and restart my computer 50 times...

 

WMP11 better not be bundled in it... :/

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Neither WMP11 nor IE7 are bundled, not in the pre-beta anyway, they should be included in the final release as well as an update to Windows Live Messenger though... supposedly.

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What kind of hassles do i expect to encounter with installing vista on such an old mb? I have vista x64, but i dont have my 8800gtx cards yet, so i am very leary of installing it, as i have heard horror stories about activation on motherboards that aren't bios tagged for vista

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If you look at the screen shoots from the link --> http://united-underground.com/?p=47

You will see that it said " Evaluation copy Expires 4/7/2008 7:59pm. That means that it expired in April.

 

Jelly, do you live in the future? It's still '07, lol. I take it you don't think this info is legit.

And I've been meaning to ask, who are those dudes in your avatar? I keep thinking it's Silent Bob on a quick glance, hehe.

 

What kind of hassles do i expect to encounter with installing vista on such an old mb? I have vista x64, but i dont have my 8800gtx cards yet, so i am very leary of installing it, as i have heard horror stories about activation on motherboards that aren't bios tagged for vista

 

Uhm...motherboards bios tagged for Vista??? What the hell is that???

If you're talking about the SLI-DR in your sig, it'll install fine.

 

BTW Remote Desktop Client will be updated to 6.1 with XP SP3

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It is from The Big Lebowski. The guys are Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski, and John Goodman as Walter Sobchak. Good movie!

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The Bios tag.. on newer motherboards that taunt "vista ready" have some tag in the bios that identifies itself as vista is being installed, and that tag eliminates constant validation. (if i remember right, its like every 3 months the product activation kicks off if your bios is not tagged)

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How does it work?

Microsoft allows large hardware manufacturers (e.g. ASUS, HP, Dell) to ship their products containing a Windows Vista installation that does NOT require any kind of product activation as this might be considered an unnecessary inconvenience for the end-user.

 

Instead these so-called 'Royalty OEMs' are granted the right to embed certain license information into their hardware products, which can be validated by Windows Vista to make obtaining further activation information (online or by phone) obsolete.

 

This mechanism is commonly referred to as 'SLP 2.0' ('system-locked pre-installation 2.0') and consists of the following three key elements:

 

1. The OEM's hardware-embedded BIOS ACPI_SLIC information signed by Microsoft.

 

2. A certificate issued by Microsoft that corresponds to the specific ACPI_SLIC information.

 

The certificate is an XML file found on the OEM's installation/recovery media, ususally called something like 'oemname.xrm-ms'.

 

3. A special type of product key that corresponds to the installed edition of Windows Vista.

 

This key can usually be obtained from some installation script found on the OEM's installation/recovery media or directly from a pre-installed OEM system.

 

If all three elements match Windows Vista's licensing mechansim considers the given installation a valid system-locked pre-activated copy (that does not require any additional product activation procedures).

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