Windows Vista performance updates released

Windows Vista users rejoice! Microsoft has just released two new updates that are supposed to improve the performance and reliability of Vista systems.

KB938979 addresses the following issues:

  • You experience a long delay when you try to exit the Photos screen saver.
  • A memory leak occurs when you use the Windows Energy screen saver. 
  • If User Account Control is disabled on the computer, you cannot install a network printer successfully. This problem occurs if the network printer is hosted by a Windows XP-based or a Windows Server 2003-based computer.
  • When you write data to an AVI file by using the AVIStreamWrite function, the file header of the AVI file is corrupted.
  • When you copy or move a large file, the “estimated time remaining” takes a long time to be calculated and displayed.
  • After you resume the computer from hibernation, it takes a long time to display the logon screen.
  • When you synchronize an offline file to a server, the offline file is corrupted.
  • If you edit an image file that uses the RAW image format, data loss occurs in the image file. This problem occurs if the RAW image is from any of the following digital SLR camera models: Canon EOS 1D, Canon EOS 1DS
  • Files from a Canon EOD 1D or 1DS camera may be corrupted after you use Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Live Photo Gallery, or Windows Explorer to edit the file metadata in Windows Vista or in Windows XP Service Pack 2.
  • After you resume the computer from hibernation, the computer loses its default gateway address.
  • Poor memory management performance occurs.

KB938994 resolves the following issues:

  • The screen may go blank when you try to upgrade the video driver.
  • The computer stops responding, and you receive a “Display driver stopped responding and has recovered” error message. You can restart the computer only by pressing the computer’s power button.
  • The computer stops responding or restarts unexpectedly when you play video games or perform desktop operations.
  • The Diagnostic Policy Service (DPS) stops responding when the computer is under heavy load or when very little memory is available. This problem prevents diagnostics from working.
  • The screen goes blank after an external display device that is connected to the computer is turned off. For example, this problem may occur when a projector is turned off during a presentation.
  • There are stability issues with some graphics processing units (GPUs). These issues could cause GPUs to stop responding (hang).
  • Visual appearance issues occur when you play graphics-intensive games.
  • You experience poor playback quality when you play HD DVD disks or Blu-ray disks on a large monitor.
  • Applications that load the Netcfgx.dll component exit unexpectedly.
  • Windows Calendar exits unexpectedly after you create a new appointment, create a new task, and then restart the computer.
  • Internet Connection Sharing stops responding after you upgrade a computer that is running Microsoft Windows XP to Windows Vista and then restart the computer.
  • The Printer Spooler service stops unexpectedly.
  • You receive a “Stop 0x0000009F” error when you put the computer to sleep while a Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) connection is active.

Has anyone installed these updates yet? Did you run into any problems while doing so? Please let us know if you did, we’d love to hear about any potential problems these updates may cause.

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14 Responses to Windows Vista performance updates released

  1. Now here I thought that all the issues with poor quality playback of HD content, getting black screens, and having issues with drivers … I thought all of that was a feature of their DRM bullshit, not a bug.

    Huh.

  2. Now here I thought that all the issues with poor quality playback of HD content, getting black screens, and having issues with drivers … I thought all of that was a feature of their DRM bullshit, not a bug.

    Huh.

  3. Same here Snark. These must be the quickest updates of Windows OSs history. Go on patching I'll be waiting.

    By the way, this bug sounds really awkward:

    >>Files from a Canon EOD 1D or 1DS camera may be corrupted after you use Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Live Photo Gallery, or Windows Explorer to edit the file metadata in Windows Vista or in Windows XP Service Pack 2

  4. Same here Snark. These must be the quickest updates of Windows OSs history. Go on patching I’ll be waiting.

    By the way, this bug sounds really awkward:

    >>Files from a Canon EOD 1D or 1DS camera may be corrupted after you use Windows Photo Gallery, Windows Live Photo Gallery, or Windows Explorer to edit the file metadata in Windows Vista or in Windows XP Service Pack 2

  5. Windows installed this update then would not reboot. Attempting to remove the update failed due to a 'problem with windows installer'.

    In other words, this update is the final solution to Vista problems.

  6. Windows installed this update then would not reboot. Attempting to remove the update failed due to a ‘problem with windows installer’.

    In other words, this update is the final solution to Vista problems.

  7. Tons of problems getting printers to even work. The network printserver (a Compac Evo on GNU/Linux) is impossible to access in Vista. 40 computers run Fedora Core 6 or 7 and the HP 3550 Laser printer pops up whenever printing is invoked on them… NOT the single Vista machine, a week old purchase, that none of the Technical Staff were even consulted on!

    They tried a recently purchased HP USB printer, but, there are no drivers for it, either. We suggested that the Executive send it all packing, and consult us in the future before buying high dollar consumer crap.

    BTW, the new computer is an HP, that the contractor CPA insisted they needed, in an update of the 3 yo HP machine, and it's backup 5 yo machine that both run XP.

    Recommending solutions, outside your area of expertise could be costly to your reputation for credibility. Contracted accountants really should consult with IT.

    Vista suck$, as do idiots who recommend Vi$ta!

  8. Tons of problems getting printers to even work. The network printserver (a Compac Evo on GNU/Linux) is impossible to access in Vista. 40 computers run Fedora Core 6 or 7 and the HP 3550 Laser printer pops up whenever printing is invoked on them… NOT the single Vista machine, a week old purchase, that none of the Technical Staff were even consulted on!

    They tried a recently purchased HP USB printer, but, there are no drivers for it, either. We suggested that the Executive send it all packing, and consult us in the future before buying high dollar consumer crap.

    BTW, the new computer is an HP, that the contractor CPA insisted they needed, in an update of the 3 yo HP machine, and it’s backup 5 yo machine that both run XP.

    Recommending solutions, outside your area of expertise could be costly to your reputation for credibility. Contracted accountants really should consult with IT.

    Vista suck$, as do idiots who recommend Vi$ta!

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