Vista SP2 Release Candidate available to the public

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 by DaveBax | Discussion: New Releases

Microsoft just released vista SP2 RC. I have installed it on my computer and have had no problems. The tech forums have all reported good things about it and say that little if anything will be added to the final release.

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starkers
Reply #21 Saturday, March 7, 2009 4:46 AM

the ugly text on my screen

Now that is one thing I object to... after paying for my Vista license, I don't want MS indelibly stamping some kind of identifying brand on my desktop.  Nope, shouldn't have to tolerate that after paying good money... this desktop is mine, and I won't be installing Vista SP2 until that text is removed with the final release.

Yeah, I know, I could cover the text with a Winstep Xtreme  desktop module... but it's the principle of the thing.

CarGuy1
Reply #22 Saturday, March 7, 2009 8:24 AM

I can always cover up the ugly text on my screen with one of PDJ's DX Themes.

Running a dream should hide the text for you.

DrJBHL
Reply #23 Saturday, March 7, 2009 8:48 AM

starkers
the ugly text on my screen

Now that is one thing I object to... after paying for my Vista license, I don't want MS indelibly stamping some kind of identifying brand on my desktop.  Nope, shouldn't have to tolerate that after paying good money... this desktop is mine, and I won't be installing Vista SP2 until that text is removed with the final release.

Yeah, I know, I could cover the text with a Winstep Xtreme  desktop module... but it's the principle of the thing.

Absolutely correct! MS has no rights to my desktop either!

Wiz: could you post a screen shot of the thing you're talking about? Is it wallpaper or what? Sorry if I'm being denser than lead.

jpmurph1
Reply #24 Saturday, March 7, 2009 9:17 AM

Well i made the jump to SP2, and it installed without a hitch, is there a difference? well maybe a tiny performance increase, but no problems whatsoever, then again i am always messing with settings and such, that if the worst happens i just reformat and reinstall, and that keeps me busy and out of trouble messing something else up, only way to learn is by mistakes

Robbie_Boy
Reply #25 Saturday, March 7, 2009 9:42 AM

I think im going to wait on this one......

I have my comp running and looking GREAT!!!!

But thanks anyway

Wizard1956
Reply #26 Saturday, March 7, 2009 10:05 AM

Wiz: could you post a screen shot of the thing you're talking about? Is it wallpaper or what? Nope,on the screen all the time. CG1,Sounds like a good reason to run dreams to me.
Sure thing,Doc.It's been a while since it did this,don't laugh if I bork it up.

Wizard1956
Reply #27 Saturday, March 7, 2009 10:39 AM

only way to learn is by mistakes

"The wise man learns from his mistakes. The still wiser learn from others mistakes."

DaveBax
Reply #28 Saturday, March 7, 2009 11:37 AM

I sure most of you know how to uninstall vista RC2 if you tried it and wanted to. In case anyone tried it and doesn't want to keep it this works just fine.

Go to control Panel - add remove programs,
On the top left there is the option to view installed updates look for Service Pack for Microsoft Windows (KB948465) and uninstall. Reboot machine and you are done. It may take two reboots to get rid of the logo on the bottom right corner .

Philly0381
Reply #29 Saturday, March 7, 2009 11:43 AM

DaveBax, it's not often originators of a thread in the forums follow it and contuunie to comment and provide updated information.  Well done sir.

DrJBHL
Reply #30 Saturday, March 7, 2009 12:13 PM

 

 Oh...I see! How does it appear over that wall? I'm appalled they pulled that one!

Wizard1956
Reply #31 Saturday, March 7, 2009 12:26 PM

I'm appalled they pulled that one!
You are stuck with it on your screen,unless you follow CarGuy1's advice and run a dream instead.(or uninstall SP2) I think it was a rather poor decision on Microsofts part and will discourage further testing by the public.

DaveBax
Reply #32 Saturday, March 7, 2009 12:38 PM

Thanks Philly. It apeared that I upset some nice people by posting it in the first place. My intentions were good however. I never saw the logo on the bottom till around 2 reboots or I wouldn't have ever posted it.

Wizard1956
Reply #33 Saturday, March 7, 2009 12:50 PM

. It apeared that I upset some nice people by posting it in the first place. My intentions were good however.
I blame Microsoft,not you.It is up to the user to install and use betas and/or RC's anyway.I'm sure the release version will remove it.

bmetelsky
Reply #34 Saturday, March 7, 2009 12:59 PM

There are always "tweaks" available to remove the watermark. MS has been putting those watermarks on their OS beta's and release candidate versions for quite some time now.

starkers
Reply #35 Sunday, March 8, 2009 1:11 AM

Absolutely correct! MS has no rights to my desktop either!

Precisely, but more to the point, WHY does MS need to put a revised edition number on the desktop? 

Could it be to remind those with memory issues that SP2 is there? 

Well excuse me, Mr Who-Ever at MS that decided to put it there, but the dementia isn't that bad ... as yet.

... and when it is (that bad), and I can remember how to turn on and log in, I won't care if it's Vista SP2 or Win 98.

Erk.
Reply #36 Sunday, March 8, 2009 1:45 AM

No urge to see if I can fly, either.

Flying is actually quite simple.

It's merely a matter of throwing one's self at the ground

....and missing.

starkers
Reply #37 Sunday, March 8, 2009 3:07 AM

[quote who="Erk." reply="11" id="2091474"]
No urge to see if I can fly, either.

Flying is actually quite simple.

It's merely a matter of throwing one's self at the ground


....and missing.

[/quote]

Yeah, tried that when I had been drinking heavily one night... landed in the water instead.

mickeko
Reply #38 Monday, March 9, 2009 10:08 AM

Ummm... There's *nothing* mandatory about this release. So don't worry, MS will not force their brand onto your desktop. Just don't install it.

Some people just like to have more vista bashing material, so MS is just providing them with more things to stupidly bash about.

 

Wizard1956
Reply #39 Monday, March 9, 2009 10:17 AM

MS has been putting those watermarks on their OS beta's and release candidate versions for quite some time now.
I was not aware of that, thanks for the heads up. I've gotten used to it now so it's a non-issue,and SP2 has been working flawlessly.I notice no real improvement,but your milage may vary.

Reply #38; Far from bashing Vista,I happen to like it.Adding things to my desktop I do not want is another matter entirely.

starkers
Reply #40 Monday, March 9, 2009 10:51 AM

Reply #38; Far from bashing Vista,I happen to like it.Adding things to my desktop I do not want is another matter entirely.

Same here!  I like Vista also... and I can understand MS putting the OS version on beta versions, but that should end once you have purchased a licensed copy of your preferred OS.  Adding text to one's 'licensed' desktop after that is not on, via a service pack beta or any other means.... because one is now a paying customer, not a beta tester

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