Update Your Zune Firmware, Finally Windows Vista Compatible

Microsoft has released a firmware update, version 1.2, for the Zune Music Player, I have not seen it myself, but according to Zuneboards it speeds the Zune up pretty good.

So you might be asking, does this really help? Can you actually notice a difference in the performance? I’ll be honest with you. Yes. Definitely. After the update, I’ve been playing around with my Zune for a couple of minutes. Usually, I get the lag image (the one with the circling dot things) every time I view pictures. This time, I went through 450 without a single lag. I also noticed an improvement while switching modes, and switching from videos to music. Source: Zuneboards

Definitely sounds like an improvement, hopefully they can get all the little problems fixed and some new features by the time I get mine. Here are the installation instructions from the Microsoft site, pretty simple install.

To install the latest Zune firmware, follow these steps:
1. Install the version of the Zune software that was included with your Zune device.

2. Connect your Zune device to a computer, and then put your Zune device on a stable surface.

Note If the battery in your Zune device is critically low, we recommend that you charge your Zune device before you continue. For more information about how to charge your Zune device, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
927348 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927348/) How to charge the battery in your Zune device

3. Open the Zune software. You receive a message to update your Zune device. If you do not receive this message, follow these steps: a. Click Options, point to Sync, point to , and then click Check for Zune Device Updates. Source: Microsoft

A person working on the Zune team, Cesar Menendez, posted that this will make the Zune Vista compatible and the rest is mostly plumbing issues, such as the speed increases etc.

Today (Tuesday the 19th of December) we?re issuing a 22 MB update to make [tag]Zune[/tag] compatible with Windows Vista. The update also improves the Zune software installation process, addressing the issues that some of the known issues users reported. Like Jason R said recently ?It is plumbing stuff, but it is stuff customers will notice and appreciate.? So you should install the update, even if you?re not running Vista. Source: Zune Insider

I saw a post on engadget on how theirs froze up, and a few others chimed in, with one saying that it was updated when he reset it to cancel it, so it may just finish the updates well on some machines. So, here’s another of our Zune Tips, upgrade your firmware, hehe.