Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes is an internationally published technology author who has devoted over a decade to helping users get the most from technology.

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UPDATED: Hackers - 1 : SP1 - 0

... UPDATED - Microsoft unsuccessful in preventing all Vista hacks with SP1 ... With the launch of SP1 Microsoft promised to put an end to two popular hacks used by pirates to allow a non-genuine install of Windows Vista to function in the same way as a genuine install. Testing that I've carried out in the lab today suggests that Microsoft has been true to its word.

February 10, 2008 by

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The SP1 upgrades continue - Day 2

Today I carried out the most critical SP1 upgrade so far - I upgraded my main system. This is a Core 2 Extreme monster that's been running Vista Ultimate 64-bit. All the SP1 upgrades I've done so far have been 32-bit upgrades. How did the upgrade go? What's the system like afterwards? Read on.

February 8, 2008 by

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RIP Ultimate Extras

Back in September of last year I wrote a piece about how the Windows Ultimate Extras window from the RTM version of Windows Vista differed from the pre-release SP1 code that was floating about at the time. Is Microsoft going to do right by Windows Vista Ultimate customers and start handing over the goodies or not? Looking at SP1, it seems that Windows Ultimate Extras as good as dead.

February 7, 2008 by

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Vista SP1 - Day 1

On Monday the 4th of February Microsoft announced that Windows Vista Service Pack 1 had been released to manufacturing. Although the code has been finalized, Windows Vista users won't start to get their hands for a few weeks. I've been fortunate to be sent the SP1 installer files, along with a complete copy of Vista with SP1 integrated into it. It's time to fire up a test system and see what happens.

February 7, 2008 by

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Does a compelling product make you overlook the built-in DRM?

Let's say there was a compelling product on sale that interested you. Maybe it's a games console, or maybe it's a player of some kind. Or it could even be a service such as iTunes or Audible. Let's say that you really wanted what this product or service had to offer but in your research you discover baked-in DRM of one kind or another. You want the product or service but you're aware that there's DRM involved that could be a problem in the future.

February 5, 2008 by

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