Vista updates improve compatibility, performance

Written by Tim Smalley

August 9, 2007 | 11:55

Tags: #32-bit #compatibility #drivers #file #patches #performance #reliability #transfer #updates #vista #windows #x64

Microsoft has released two new updates for Windows Vista that address compatibility, performance, and reliability problems that have been reported through the operating system’s error reporting software.

The two patches were leaked last week, but are now officially available through Microsoft’s knowledge base. They’re available for all versions of Microsoft’s latest OS and weigh in at around 12MB combined for the 32-bit versions of Vista and 18MB combined for x64 versions.

The first of the two patches, KB938979, addresses some performance issues that have been widely reported, including the issue with file transfer speeds and poor memory management amongst others. Although I’m yet to experience the file transfer issues myself in full effect, I know that many others have had issues with transferring large amounts of data.

The second patch, KB938194, addresses compatibility issues that seem to mostly be related to graphics drivers or gaming. This will be good news to many bit-tech readers, then.

Having already installed the patches, I can say that my Vista experience has improved a little – I’ve noticed my file transfers are slightly faster and I’ve not suffered from any graphics-related crashes since. Having said that, my Vista experience has been pretty good so far – I seem to be one of the lucky ones.

How has your Vista experience been so far? Have you suffered from any of the problems that these patches address, and if so, has it fixed them? Let us know in the forums.
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