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Vista SP1 Incompatible with Linux Bootloader in Dual Boot Systems

Posted by rjbiii on July 31, 2008

Hmmm. Trouble for those with dual boot systems who are not using Microsoft’s Vista bootloader:

[T]he update performs a “chain of trust” integrity check on the system’s boot sequence, from the onboard TPM chip, through the MBR and into the operating system itself. In a dualbooting scenario where the Vista bootloader has been replaced (eg: with GRUB or LILO), the integrity check fails and the update aborts, halting the service pack installation.

Microsoft Technology Advisor Michael Kleef finds a silver lining:

“However, it’s actually a very good thing that the update and the servicing fail in this scenario, because you can just imagine the implications if the update automatically reinstalled the Vista MBR to restore boot integrity – we’d be flooded with complaints.”

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Microsoft Seeks Delay in Discovery Process on Vista Trial

Posted by rjbiii on March 10, 2008

From the Article in Computer World:

Microsoft Corp. on Friday asked that a lawsuit claiming it duped consumers in a Windows Vista marketing program be suspended while the company appeals a judge’s decision to grant the case class-action status.

If granted, the motion would also postpone any new disclosures of potentially embarrassing company e-mails. Last month, the release of similar documents showed that top-level company executives struggled with the new operating system on machines labeled “Vista Capable,” and that partners such as Dell Inc. warned Microsoft that the campaign would confuse consumers.

Microsoft is challenging two aspects of the case. First, they challenged the trial court’s decision basing class-action status on a Washington state law. They also questioned the court’s approval of plaintiff’s theory of harm, called “price inflation,” whereby Microsoft’s actions resulted in increased demand, and price, of systems running a basic version of Vista. Microsoft’s argument is basically that if their appeal is successful, all the expenses and disruptions associated with discovery are or naught.

[HT: Slashdot]

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