Investigation: GUI changes found in Windows Vista SP1

Many of the changes made in Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 occur behind the scenes and were designed to improve performance. As such, they may not be readily apparent unless you’re actively seeking them out and using a stop watch. Many Vista users were hoping for a few, possibly dramatic, changes in the graphical user interface. […]

Many of the changes made in Microsoft Windows Vista SP1 occur behind the scenes and were designed to improve performance. As such, they may not be readily apparent unless you’re actively seeking them out and using a stop watch. Many Vista users were hoping for a few, possibly dramatic, changes in the graphical user interface. However, those types of changes just weren’t part of Microsoft’s plan for service pack 1.

Even so, there are indeed some changes in Windows Vista SP1 that you can actually see.

In this edition of the Windows Vista Report, I’ll take a look at a few of these visible changes in SP1 and explore some of the advantages and disadvantage of these changes. As I do, I’ll offer some comparisons between the original release to manufacturing (RTM) version of the update and the SP1 version.

Changes in Disk Defragmenter: Right out of the box, Windows Vista’s Disk Defragmenter is automatically configured to run every week to ensure your disk is continually defragmented. As such, without any intervention from you, Disk Defragmenter will keep your hard disk in tip-top shape. Of course, you can change how often Disk Defragmenter runs and at what time of the day by altering its schedule from the Modify Schedule dialog box. In addition, you can manually defragment your hard disk any time that you want, by clicking the Defragment Now button.

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