Archive for August, 2006

No full HDD playback in Vista 32-bit

Posted on APCBlog today at

“Microsoft revealed today that no 32-bit versions of Windows Vista will be able to play back next generation high definition protected content (translation studio-released BluRay and HD-DVD movies).

PC users will now have to choose between a PC that can play high definition content (64 bit) versus one that can potentially run older devices that only have unsigned drivers available (32 bit).”

I personally don’t play DVDs on my computer (yet) but this is something I was contemplating on doing around Vista time frame. So, basically if you have a relatively new 32-bit PC you use as a media center - you’re screwed. For people looking to get a new PC this Christmas, they’ll just have to shell out more for 64 bit systems.

Thanks Microsoft, which I’m sure they’ve just caved into Hollywood demands.

Sergey @ USysWare

Visual Studio .NET 2003 Service Pack 1 posted

Microsoft had quietly posted SP1 for VS .NET 2003 yesterday. For those of you still using this version, myself included, you can download it here:

SP1 release notes:

SP1 download:

Sergey @ USysWare