Vista SP1 breaks programs?

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Microsoft has released a list of programs which will not work or will suffer from reduced functionality after you install the first Service Pack for Windows Vista.

The programs are mostly composed of security applications, however programs such as the New York Times reader are featured on the list. Users are also advised to install the latest updates to fix the problem.

“Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) contains many security, reliability, and feature updates for Windows Vista. A program may experience a loss of functionality after you install Windows Vista SP1. However, most programs will continue to work as expected after you install Windows Vista SP1,” the company has said.

It is not considered to be a comprehensive list, but it has asked users who encounter problems with other applications to restart their PC and, if still having problems, install to a newer version of the program or contact the software vendor.

Even without the incompatibilities from SP1, Vista has been given a perception that it will have any compatibility with old systems by enterprise users, according to IBRS advisor Joseph Sweeney.

It would make Vista worse without the SP1 compatibilities, especially when many users have (or were told) to hold off Vista until the release of the Service Pack.

Microsoft Windows Vista’s Service Pack 1 is already out for MSDN subscribers, but will be available to the public in March

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