Tuesday, 09 October 2007

New hotfix for Windows Vista said to boost performance

Microsoft has released four updates for Windows Vista which should, according to Redmond, improve performance and reliability. Presently, these hotfixes are not available through Windows Update, and it is still not clear whether or not Microsoft plans to release them on October 9th’s Patch Tuesday or hold back until the release of SP1.

The first update (KB941649) is said to improve the battery life and stability of Windows Vista, while at the same time speeding up startup and recovery time after Vista is left inactive. A more detailed list of improvements in this hotfix:

  • Extended battery life for mobile devices.
  • Improved stability of portable computers and of desktop computers that use a UPS.
  • It improves the reliability of Windows Vista when you open the menu of a startup application.
  • It improves the stability of Internet Explorer when you open a Web page.
  • It improves the stability of wireless network services.
  • It shortens the startup time of Windows Vista by using a better timing structure.
  • It shortens the recovery time after Windows Vista experiences a period of inactivity.
  • It shortens the recovery time when you try to exit the Photos screen saver.
  • It improves the stability of Windows PowerShell.
  • A compatibility issue that affects some third-party antivirus software applications.
  • A reliability issue that occurs when a Windows Vista-based computer uses certain network driver configurations

KB941649 is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista.

Other hotfixes worth checking out include::

  1. KB941229 – Addresses several issues in Vista Media Center
  2. KB941600 – Resolves some reliability issues in the USB core components.
  3. KB941651 – Homepage unavailable. Supposedly improves the reliability of Windows Media Player 11 inWindows Vista. You can download 32-bit or 64-bit version of this hotfix.

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