Microsoft’s record on service packs has not been good. Over the years, they’ve been forced to withdraw several service packs and issue updated service packs shortly thereafter. That’s the reason there are so many service packs with names like SP1a and SP6a.

Windows Vista SP1 shows all the early signs of becoming an unmitigated disaster. IBM issued an internal memo telling their employees not to install SP1 until further notice, if ever. Several of my readers have said that they have no plans to install SP1 despite the fact that Microsoft labels it a critical update. The problem is that SP1 breaks other software. Lots of other software. And the workarounds for a particular broken package, if indeed there are any, can be pretty complex, involving editing the registry, opening or closing particular ports manually, and so on. Not something you want users doing, and not something that IT departments have the resources to do machine by machine.”

I probably have everyone reading this quote and in full agreement with this post in regards to Vista SP1.  Except one problem.  You see this isn’t an exact quote, I edited it to say Vista sp1.  The original post was in reference to XP sp2.  Yes, boys and girls that same operating system that is the “good ol’ operating system, stable, wonderful” that we are waxing poetic about now, was seen as a disaster of a service pack when it first came out.  An “unmitigated disaster” in fact.

Funny isn’t it? 

3 Thoughts on “What’s old is new

  1. Great post! I totally agree… And I canĀ“t see why XP is so loved now. I never go back to XP, Vista is great.

  2. It’s relatively funny…
    I think it’s bizarre how Vista-bashers don’t realize they are ridiculous repeating axactly the same fud as they did in 2001 with Xp. The same garbage.
    Ridiculous, really.

    Nice and intelligent post, however.
    I’ll insert a link to this on my blogspot page.

  3. Thank you for an intelligent post!
    Clearly, Mac and Linux fanboys are frothing at their mouths trying to spread as much FUD as they can which is of course understandable as their old security, UI “concerns” have been “addressed”.

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