Vista fixes to come down the tubes - Out in time for Leopard

Vista fixes to come down the tubes - Out in time for Leopard

Summary: Come August 14th Microsoft should have a surprise for all Vista users - two batches of fixes which improve reliability, compatibility and performance. Hmmm, a big bug-fix fest just weeks before Apple releases Leopard ...


Come August 14th Microsoft should have a surprise for all Vista users  - two batches of fixes which improve reliability, compatibility and performance.

Here's the scoop on the two bundles that we can expect next Patch Tuesday:

938979 Vista Performance and Reliability Pack

  • Improves performance in resuming back to the desktop from the Photo and Windows Energy screensaver.
  • Resolves an issue where some secured web pages using advanced security technologies may not get displayed in Internet Explorer on Windows Vista.
  • Resolves an issue where a shared printer may not get installed if the printer is connected to a Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 system and User Access Control is disabled on the Vista client.
  • Resolves an issue where creating AVI files on Vista may get corrupted.
  • Improves the performance in calculating the 'estimated time remaining' when copying/moving large files.
  • Improves performance in bringing up Login Screen after resuming from Hibernate.
  • Resolves an issue where synchronization of offline files to a server can get corrupted.
  • Resolves a compatibility issue with RAW images created by Canon EOS 1D/1DS Digital SLR Camera which can lead to data loss. This only affects RAW images created by these two specific camera models.
  • Resolves an issue where a computer can lose its default Gateway address when resuming from sleep mode.
  • Improves the performance when copying or moving entire directories containing large amounts of data or files.
  • Improves the performance of Vista's Memory Manager in specific customer scenarios and prevents some issues which may lead to memory corruption.

938194 Vista Compatibility and Reliability Pack

  • Improved reliability and compatibility of Vista when used with newer graphics cards in several specific scenarios and configurations.
  • Improved reliability when working with external displays on a laptop.
  • Increased compatibility with many video drivers.
  • Improved visual appearance of games with high intensity graphics.
  • Improved quality of playback for HD-DVD and Blue-Ray disks on large monitors.
  • Improved reliability for Internet Explorer when some third party toolbars are installed on Vista.
  • Improved Vista reliability in networking configuration scenarios.
  • Improved the reliability of Windows Calendar in Vista.
  • Improved reliability of systems that were upgraded from XP to Vista.
  • Increased compatibility with many printer drivers.
  • Increased reliability and performance of Vista when entering sleep and resuming from sleep.

While there's no doubt that I'm looking forward to these updates because I've been personally bitten by a good chunk of these issues in my time with Vista, I'm also going to be careful rolling out these patches.  With this kind of volume of changes happening all at once, my Spider senses are tingling a bit and I'm not doing anything rash like rolling out this patch without having backups and trying it out on a few test machines first.  More haste, less speed ...

I'd recommend that everyone else do the same - definitely wait and see what the feedback is like on these before rolling out the patches on mission-critical systems.  At least make sure that you have a backup handy.

On a more cynical note, anyone else thing that it's suspicious that Microsoft has been tight-lipped about patches and bug fixes for Vista and yet we see a pretty major patch roll-out within a few weeks of Apple releasing Leopard?  Hmmm ...


Topics: Windows, Hardware, Microsoft

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  • Can you go a single week without bringing Apple...

    into the blog. What does Microsoft fixes need to be tied to the release of Leopard ???
    • By design or by coinidence...

      Either by design or coincidence, it's still interesting to note the timing of the release.

      Beyond that, no particular reason to mention anything at all...
      • Considering the frequency

        of OS X releases and Windows patch releases, and the fact that these releases are several weeks apart, I find it difficult to see any connection between the two. Maybe Vista just needed to be fixed?
        Michael Kelly
        • Exactly

          Though the coincidence (or intentional) timing makes the conspiracy folks happy.
  • Why does Leopard matter?

    Microsoft has the market cornered. Apple is a small player. What does Microsoft have
    to fear from Leopard? Can't Microsoft do anything without being compared to Apple?
    • re: Can't Microsoft do anything without being compared to Apple?

      Adrian doesnt seem to think so.
  • Comparisons

    Peer comparison is how we arrive at informed decisions. By "peer" I don't mean XP
    and Vista. Microsoft is asking it's customers to wait just a little longer for the wow.

    The timing is an issue as Microsoft is now on a self imposed faster timetable. For
    years Microsoft has effectively competed with itself. It continues today, even as
    real competition grows. Multiple variations of Vista "compete" with each other and
    compete with older versions of Windows, all while OEMs compete to be it's vehicle.
    Problem is, there is only one product, that is Windows. There is little
    differentiation technically. All Windows iterations are elaborate retrofits of one
    another. There is no differentiation commercially, as all revenue is funneled back
    to one company. There is little differentiation experientially. Same old Windows.

    As Microsoft offers another series of bug fixes, Apple is offering the advent of ZFS
    and resolution independence. they are embracing parallelism and open standards.
    OSX is the point of consolidation rather than fragmentation. It will be leveraged
    across all devices from iPhones and iPods, to Apple TV. Software for one device
    will be accessible to others.

    Same strategies different execution? Maybe, but here's the essential difference.
    Apple thrives in an open market. A market in which competitors coexist on equal
    terms. By contrast, Microsoft's strategy of broad licensing created a psudo market
    that depended on cannibalizing the open market for it's success. What we're
    seeing in the larger sense, is the failure of this fake marketplace. We're seeing a
    juggernaut out maneuvered by a nimble competitor.

    To switch platforms is to endorse the open market. Ironically, with the switch
    comes the empowerment to switch back. Once one has broken away from this
    single channel of "investment", it becomes much easer to make truly free choices.
    It makes it easier to make informed decisions. When it's easy to switch back, but
    you choose not to, there is only one question left to answer. How long were you
    Harry Bardal
  • If you need a Vista "Fix"

    Why are you looking here?

    You should be looking at Microsoft for a fix
    for a Microsoft product.... oh, that's
    right! I almost forgot.... it's not
    Microsoft's fault.... everybody else is
    responsible for modifying their products to
    work with Vista, and laying out the $$$$$$$$
    for the privilege of bowing to Microsoft.

    Oh well, Microsoft is fixing everybody's
    nasty bugs now. You can rest assured!
    Ole Man
  • Another money earner

    Couldn't get enough people to pay attention so you have to mention Apple?

    Perhaps you could tie it to one of the myriad Linux releases as well for another non sequitur.
  • Well because Apple makes the best OS in the world

    It's true, make a balance act of all the OS and Mac OS X Leopard is the only 64-bit os
    UNIX 3 certified that has the best GUI in the world, pretty secure, stable can be
    deployed from an iPod to a server (yes ipods run mac os x, that's their secret).
    Vista doesn't even come close to Tiger and well Leopard is a new evolution...
  • Good But....

    What about the UAC?

    I am looking forward to the updates, and fervently hope they fix those problems, but our main beef at my place of employment is the annoyance of UAC.

    How about providing us with a UAC control center that we can use to remember safe and unsafe programs, without us having to either turn it off or continuously approve a program every time?
    • A smarter UAC?

      How about an UAC function that can tell the difference between an action initiated by the keyboard of mouse click as oppossed to something initiated by another process. I think this would greatly reduce the number of warnings while still doing what UAC is intended to do.
  • Thanks for the fix!!!

    Hear, hear!! Vista today is a giant step backwards.