Quote: Originally Posted by DarkNovaGamer
Quote: Originally Posted by chev65
If you ask me those service packs are only attempting to make up for a poorly implimented and rushed OP system which Windows 7 is not. I predict zero service packs will be needed in the first year, only updates.
Service packs in my opinion are not only about fixing problems, but also improving performance beyond that of the original design. Just saying.
Exactly. There is no linear correlation between the number of service packs and the supposed "quality" of any given release. Over the years, MS has oscillated between pledges to release SPs on a timed schedule (win2k), promising to only include fixes - not changes (win2k3SP2), changing so many things that the SP came close to being called a "second edition" (WinXPSP2)... and so on.
In reality, the timing is driven by factors such as the need to collapse notable improvements wrought in their LDR code branch into the GDR releases, the potential size of a given update, synchronisation with the equivalent "server" branch, and the need to lay the groundwork for an upcoming big app release (SQL or Exchange usually).
In other words, it's got sod-all link to some perceived "quality" of the OS. Vista was an excellent OS, and the vast majority of it lives under the hood of Win7, this time with greater support from 3rd-party driver developers who've also been impacted by the downturn to the point where they're keen to pick up their game and thus sell more.
WinNT4 had 6.5 service packs. Vista had 2 and is highly unlikely to see a third. Does that make it ~3 times better?