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Pre SP-1 Vista Performance Patches Go Gold(esque)!

August 8, 2007

Two of the performance packs that were previously available to MSFT testers (via Connect) have finally been released to the masses.  For those of us who have been using them for a while, they’re fantastic—increased FPS in gaming, speed bumps in network performance, a somewhat fix to the endless “calculating time remaining” while copying files, and more.  It’s a tell-tale sign how important some of these changes are in that Microsoft actually released these fixes PRIOR to SP1 (which is due to drop pretty soon anyway).

The updates consist of two KB’s: 938194 and 938979.  Each are available for x86 and x64 editions. Here’s the rundown of each:

938194 – Compatibility and Reliability Update for Vista

This update resolves the following issues:

  • The screen may go blank when you try to upgrade the video driver. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 
  • 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.
  • A computer that has NVIDIA G80 series graphic drivers installed stops responding.
  • 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. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
  • 938979 – Performance and Reliability Update for Vista

    By applying this update, you can achieve better performance and responsiveness in various scenarios. This update also improves the reliability of Windows Vista.

    This update resolves the following issues on a Windows Vista-based computer:

    • 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
    • For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    • 932988 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.
  • Categories: Microsoft, Windows Vista
    1. August 9, 2007 at 12:33 pm

      I’m going to miss the “Time Remaining” dialog showing 5 hours and 47 minutes when I move a 700KB text file to my thumb drive.

    2. August 9, 2007 at 2:32 pm

      LOL, no more text-file coffee breaks.😦

    1. September 2, 2007 at 7:43 pm
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