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Hotpatching makes welcome appearance in Vista SP1 RC
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Hotpatching makes welcome appearance in Vista SP1 RC

By Paul Mah | Published: December 14, 2007 - 01:11PM CT
ARS Technica

The release candidate of Vista SP1 was released to the general public just a few days ago, and many fans are still in the process of downloading and installing it on their systems. As expected, there are plenty of bug fixes and general improvements bundled into Vista SP1, but several interesting features have been lost in the shuffle. One such feature is the enabling of support for what Microsoft terms "hotpatching".

Hotpatching is a process in which Windows components are updated while still in use by a running process. As you can imagine, this handy feature eliminates the need to reboot, maximizing system uptime and minimizing user headaches. According to Microsoft, hotpatch-enabled update packages are installed in a similar manner to standard update packages. The company's description of the feature seems to suggest that this ability is inherent to Vista, but was previously disabled or incomplete.... More   Comment in the Forums

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