Windows Vista Service Pack 1 - Installation
I installed sp1 and not only is it still slow, but now it crashes 5 to 10 times a day. going back to XP.
Perhaps I'll have to install a test system again and give it another go. Looks like any other service pack update though. How about some screen shots of what the updates actually did.
Sort of a waste of space for this email. Screenshots tell me nothing, I have installed service packs and software before. How 'bout some real information. Thanks.
Adrin, Did it speed up or just slow down your computer? Now that you have used it for one day +, how do you feel about the improvements to Vista? Not being a programmer I am scared sxxtlxxs to even try it. Looking for XP or some other operating system that I don't have to learn over, and over, and over again! Not a happy camper. frank
Hey Steve, did you try reloading the OS then installing Sp1? Verify if you can replicate with no other software installed, just make sure you have the latest drivers for all your hardware and it should go smoothly. What version do you have Home, Premium, Ultimate?
As far as I know, it is essentially not possible to have a 32 bit system see 4gb of ram. If they have gotten that to work how are they working the mapping of devices and the memory?
I don't want to be nitpicky or anything like that, but I think it would have been a lot more helpful to those viewing this, if some text were included describing what actually changed for bettter and/or worse.
"With SP1, Windows Vista will report the amount of system memory installed rather than report the amount of system memory available to the OS. Therefore 32-bit systems equipped with 4GB of RAM will report all 4GB in many places throughout the OS, such as the System Control Panel. However, this behavior is dependent on having a compatible BIOS, so not all users may notice this change." Source = http://technet2.microsoft.com/WindowsVista/en/library/005f921e-f706-401e-abb5-eec42ea0a03e1033.mspx?pf=true
If you have Vista Ultimate (not Home basic) 32-bit, it will "see" 4GB, but it will only actually use approximately 3.2 GB of it.
It's not the OS's fault. 32bit OSs can only see 4Gb of memory addresses. If you have a video crad with 640mb of ram... thats 640mb of address space used by your vid and and 640mb of address space that the OS can't use for system Ram.
I can't believe they haven't improved the memory manager at all in the past several years. If Microsoft keeps churning out resource-hogging software, they should expect people are going to be upping the memory.