Linked by David Adams on Tue 12th Jul 2005 15:32 UTC, submitted by Wim van Buuren
Windows Longhorn will have some new features that will be particularly interesting for hardware hackers: The Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSat) is basically a built-in benchmarking tool that should help with determining what affect a new component is having on the system, and another, unnamed feature looks for hardware changes on boot, and, if it finds any, will restart the hardware configuration process.
Thread beginning with comment 3006
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Another crash-ware feature
by sniperu on Tue 12th Jul 2005 16:00 UTC
Member since:

Just like every revolutionary new "automation" found in windows through the years this will be another source for headakes .

Just like autodiscovery and driver instalation of usb devices (especially printers). It kinda' works (the 10% of the time you actually have the drivers in your system) but gives you such touble when things go wrong ... And they do !

Reply Score: 3

RE: Another crash-ware feature
by JrezIN on Tue 12th Jul 2005 16:14 in reply to "Another crash-ware feature"
JrezIN Member since:

I may be wrong... but seen that the only difference in this new "feature" is that the system will boot faster not looking for new devices. If a new device's found, the system will just do the same as now. The only difference is the OS trying to understand the hardware to make the appropriate changes in system config, like the eye candy level and video resolution for example... (Or more drastic changes in case of motherboard changes... it won't trust the previous config/registry all the time)

Reply Parent Score: 2

Knuckles Member since:

They already do that, at least to a great extent.

Try this little experiment: remove a hd with windows xp from a computer, and plug it in on a computer with a different chipset, or sufficiently different hardware. You get a blue screen faster that you can blink. Why? Instead of probing the system, they load most of the crap right away.

And I think that it's bogus most kinds of self-configuring stuff like this. Just look at the genetic algorithm patches that are in some testing linux kernels, it's nice and very interesting, great idea, but in reality, it gets you like 2% performance, max.

Reply Parent Score: 1