Well, I'm very hesitant to use a "service pack" on a corporate machine (read: I don't own this) that might actually not wind up being the real service pack once Microsoft gets around to releasing it.
Not to mention that I have no idea what other people may have done to the thing.
Which, I suppose, you could argue puts things on part with whatever Microsoft is releasing, but at least if I blame Microsoft, they'll be somewhat responsible for fixing it, as opposed to installing some random 'service pack' out there.
On a personal machine, though, I'd consider it. Except, of course, I don't run Vista on any personal machines.
I hadn't read it (trying to get something done around here), but it doesn't surprise me.
Promise the world, but deliver dead skunks.
You posted a hotfix?
I don't recall. If I did, the problem remains. If I didn't, I was either distracted, or thought I should be able to find the hotfix from Microsoft's site itself.
I know that I'm current on all my hotfixes from Microsoft. It still sucks ass.
Unfortunately the driver can no longer see the road and everyone is killed in a horrible accident, but from the viewpoint of Microsoft/MPAA/RIAA it was worth it.
This meant that for the first time ever I got to activate Windows by phone. Surprisingly, this actually went fairly well, since Microsoft has dispensed with the human beings and has an interactive voice response system on the line instead. And it actually worked. My guess is it's probably running on Linux.
So you read this thing your groups of numbers, and after each one, it plays a sound which sounds suspiciously like the chime sound from Windows 3.1. If anybody even remembers that far back.
Anyway, I've always been sour on the whole Windows piracy / activation / validation bullshit, since it only ever seems to inconvenience legitimate customers. People who want copies without paying for a license seem to have little trouble obtaining a copy and a crack which bypasses the whole activation / validation rigmarole.
Yet I, with a valid Windows license, have to sit here and key in this stupid product key five times, reading it off the bottom of the laptop with a flashlight, holding it carefully because it still isn't screwed together yet, only to be told that I have to activate it by phone, another five minute call. The pirates have it easy.
keys and locks are there for the honest people, so they aren't lead into temptation.
The one who realy wants to get in will use a lockpicking set or just walk through the door with an axe.
Activation over the phone becomes more obnoxious when your license is to be recycled to another machine. And then another.
Microsoft employees start to get suspicious, and start to treat you more and more like you're a crook, even if what you're doing is completely legitimate.
microsoft tests the embrace and extend aproach on ruby:
did you expect them to change?
"Look, we innovate. We innovate the hell out of stuff. Just yesterday I innovated a donut by taking one off some old guy when I pushed him down a flight of stairs. And Yahoo!, well, we're innovating them right now, and we're going to keep innovating them until they stop moving. Then we'll use their bloated corpse to innovate any Google employee that gets in our way."
-- Bill Gates
(Ok, what he actually said was "640K ought to be enough for anybody" but I am paraphrasing a bit.)