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Old 03-28-2008, 04:14 PM   #1
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I have installed Vista SP1 this evening; there is nothing special about that, except that I had the usual period of waiting for 65 Mbyte to download and instal, but as I do not understand more than a fraction of the improvements Microsoft claims to have made, I should be glad to have any drawbacks explained to me by other Vista users.

   
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Old 03-28-2008, 06:35 PM   #2
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Did you install it from Windows Update or by downloading the file from the Download Center?

The Compuserve Windows Forum wizop just installed it from the Download Center file on a clean VISTA installation and after one reboot at one point the screen went black and absolutely nothing was visibly happening except that the hard drive light was on until 2 hours later when it woke up and gave a progress report.

Did you experience any oddities like that?

Are you trying out IE8 Beta 1? I've run into one indication that it runs better on a VISTA SP1 machine than on XP -- under XP the PCIS button toolbar similar to the one we see here in the editor does not appear but it does on the one machine I've run into with VISTA and SP1.

   
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Did you install it from Windows Update or by downloading the file from the Download Center?
I downloaded the version from Update, after looking at what Microsoft was saying about the other, much larger, version: that for a stand-alone computer, the file from Update (65 Mbyte) was the one to use; the other version was for multiple computers.

The download and installation did not take very long (ca 1 h), considering its size and complexity. Installers were warned that the computer might restart ‘several times’, and it did, I think three times.

No, I am going to wait for IE 8 when it is released, as I seldom use IE 7, preferring FireFox 2. Early reports suggest that IE 8 is pretty compliant with standards, but so, they say, will be FF 3, which they expect will be released at about the same time.

   
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Old 03-29-2008, 11:46 AM   #4
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Hugh (and anyone else who uses Vista):

Warning! If you have FireFox 2.0.0.13 and Vista, whether with SP1 or not, do not attempt to open any XPS file: you get the Sorcerer’s Apprentice effect with one copy of FireFox opening after another, and the only way of stopping it is to disconnect the computer. I got 195 copies of FireFox open before I realized what was happening.

An XPS viewer in Windows XP opens in the presence of FireFox quite all right, but Vista comes with an XPS viewer of its own, and it upsets FireFox 2.0.0.13.

   
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Thanks for the background ... and the FF warning.

I have had that happen once or twice with IE 7 but I don't remember what I did to trigger it -- certainly not opening xps files since I have tried that and wondered what I had to do to make them look like readable material.

   
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The effect is most alarming, since at present-day computer speeds, FireFox appears at rates far in a excess of those conjured up by Paul Dukas in his L'apprenti sorcier. I am looking forward to FireFox 2.0.0.14 or FireFox 3, since an increasing number of Microsoft’s longer documents are appearing as XPS files, though they are also published as PDF files.

   
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Oh I've seen the effect! I think I hit the restart button on the computer case!

   
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I think I hit the restart button on the computer case!
That is what I have always done when something goes badly wrong: but I couldn’t—this computer has no restart button.

   
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Then I guess you have to hit the Off button twice? <g>

   
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Then I guess you have to hit the Off button twice?
That would not work either, because the button for starting the computer is ineffective when anything is going on; the only way of switching off (apart from pulling out the mains plug) is either in the approved fashion or switching off the power at the back of the case. It’s a very modern computer!

   
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