Windows Vista

Improve the Performance and Reliability of Windows Vista

Microsoft has released an update that fixes many problems with Windows Vista, such as memory management issues, memory leaks, long delays, long delay after resuming, and many other issues that users have let Microsoft know about either using the error reporting service or Microsoft customer support services. It says by installing this update you can get better performance and responsiveness from your machine.

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 and the Canon EOS 1DS. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    932988 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/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.

Source: An update is available that improves the performance and reliability of Windows Vista

Download the update for Windows Vista 32-bit versions here.

Download the update for Windows Vista 64 bit versions here.

I will post an update after I install it on my laptop and let you know if it helped me any.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - August 8, 2007 at 4:10 am

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The Expert’s Guide to Implementing Microsoft Windows Vista

Scriptlogic is releasing an e-book to help you migrate to Windows Vista, it’s called The Expert’s Guide to Implementing Microsoft Windows Vista and it is free when you Register to download the 30-day trial of Desktop Authority now, and receive chapters 1-4 for free. Or, you may be able to register here to get it free, but haven’t tried it yet.

  • Provides information about new features and the background on the editions available
  • Highlights new and improved security features and impact on the IT professional
  • Outlines a plan on how to prepare for the migration to Vista
  • Teaches IT administrations how to minimize costs and user disruption when deploying Vista.

“Many IT administrators have already started to develop a Vista migration strategy and we wanted to arm them with the resources necessary to ensure a smooth and effective transition,” said Nick Cavalancia, vice president of Marketing, ScriptLogic Corporation. “Leveraging feedback and notes from an extensive customer base and Mr. Masson’s technical expertise, we were able to publish a guide that will help industry professionals take full advantage of the features included in Vista, one of the most anticipated OS launches from Microsoft in years.” Source: ScriptLogic Corporation Releases Free e-Book on Windows Vista Migration

The also have a whitepaper available, The Proactive Migration to Windows Vista,” detailing the best strategies for Microsoft Vista migration. Get it here.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - August 6, 2007 at 6:41 pm

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Microsoft Slashes Windows Vista Prices, in China

Microsoft has cut the price of Windows Vista in China by more than half in an effort to curb software piracy. Does this mean if we quit paying for it in the states, they will drop the prices here too? You know there is only one way to find out, and that is to do it, hehe, although I’m not condoning piracy at all, it just seems to me they could drop the price here some too, to make sure we don’t feel like we took one in the rear end after shelling out all of the money we did to buy it.

The Home Basic edition dropped from $201 (1,521 yuan) to $66, and the Home Premium package dropped from $238 to $118. The move was effective as of Wednesday.

The price cut is the company’s latest effort to tackle the rampant software piracy in China, according to The Wall Street Journal. The theory is that if legitimate software costs less, people will be less likely to turn to pirated versions. Source: Microsoft slashes Vista price in China

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - August 3, 2007 at 6:48 pm

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Todays Windows News

What Will Windows 7 Look Like? Microsoft hasn’t said what features will be in Windows 7, but analysts have some ideas of their own.

Friday Rant – Things I hate about Windows Vista First, some background. When I?ve been sitting in front of a Vista machine during the six months since its release I?ve usually been in one of two modes. The first mode is where I?m exploring Vista and getting to know the features of the operating system, where things are and how they work. The second mode is where I?m actually doing my day-to-day work or play.

Microsoft: less vulnerabilities in Vista AND XP than Mac OX Tiger Microsoft?s chief operating officer Kevin Turner implicitly claimed yesterday that Vista and XP are safer than Apple?s Mac OS Tiger. As expressed during a conference call with analysts, Turner noted that ?there have been just 12 serious vulnerabilities reported with Vista over the first 180 days versus 25 for Windows XP over the same period. This number is also lower than for Apple and other operating systems. We have also seen 21 percent fewer support calls for Vista versus XP over the same period,? he said.

SolutionBase: Application compatibility testing for Windows Vista Deployment One of the most critical tasks in preparing a deployment of Windows Vista is to test the compatibility of your applications. Many applications that run perfectly under Windows XP simply do not run on Windows Vista. Since you don’t want to spend time and money to deploy Vista if none of your users are able to run their applications afterward, it is absolutely imperative to test each application ahead of time.

Gartner: Windows XP A Shaky Bridge To Windows 7 Gartner warns that businesses that decide to stick with Windows XP — Vista’s predecessor — until Windows 7 is available may be pushing their luck. “If the release date slips, enterprises will find it difficult to fully eliminate Windows XP before ISV and Microsoft support [for Windows XP] ends,” Gartner analysts write in the note.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - July 30, 2007 at 6:10 pm

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Vista and XP Performance, Reliability and Compatibility Packs

Microsoft has released 2 Windows Vista fix packs and one for Windows XP. The one for XP is actually downloadable now, get it here, the two Vista fix packs have been uploaded to mediafire file serving site and can be downloaded here for the X86 version and the X64 versions here. It is being speculated that these two fix packs will be the majority of what comprises the Windows Vista sp1 and that it will not contain much more, but most all of the service pack information concerning Windows Vista is speculation right now.

938979 Vista Performance and Reliability Pack
This update resolves a number of individual issues which may be affecting some computers running Windows Vista. These issues have been reported by customers using the Error Reporting service, product support, or other means. Installing this update will improve the performance and responsiveness for some scenarios and improves reliability of Windows Vista in a variety of scenarios. Some examples of the improvements contained in this update are:

  • Improves performance in resuming back to the desktop from the Photo and Windows Energy screensaver.
  • Resolves an issue where some secured web pages using advanced security technologies may not get displayed in Internet Explorer on Windows Vista.
  • Resolves an issue where a shared printer may not get installed if the printer is connected to a Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 system and User Access Control is disabled on the Vista client.
  • Resolves an issue where creating AVI files on Vista may get corrupted.
  • Improves the performance in calculating the ?estimated time remaining? when copying/moving large files.
  • Improves performance in bringing up Login Screen after resuming from Hibernate.
  • Resolves an issue where synchronization of offline files to a server can get corrupted.
  • Resolves a compatibility issue with RAW images created by Canon EOS 1D/1DS Digital SLR Camera which can lead to data loss. This only affects RAW images created by these two specific camera models.
  • Resolves an issue where a computer can lose its default Gateway address when resuming from sleep mode.
  • Improves the performance when copying or moving entire directories containing large amounts of data or files.
  • Improves the performance of Vista?s Memory Manager in specific customer scenarios and prevents some issues which may lead to memory corruption.

938194 Vista Compatibility and Reliability Pack

  • Improved reliability and compatibility of Vista when used with newer graphics cards in several specific scenarios and configurations.
  • Improved reliability when working with external displays on a laptop.
  • Increased compatibility with many video drivers.
  • Improved visual appearance of games with high intensity graphics.
  • Improved quality of playback for HD-DVD and Blue-Ray disks on large monitors.
  • Improved reliability for Internet Explorer when some third party toolbars are installed on Vista.
  • Improved Vista reliability in networking configuration scenarios.
  • Improved the reliability of Windows Calendar in Vista.
  • Improved reliability of systems that were upgraded from XP to Vista.
  • Increased compatibility with many printer drivers.
  • Increased reliability and performance of Vista when entering sleep and resuming from sleep.

Source: Major Windows Vista updates, Vista Performance, Reliability and Compatibility Pack

Looks like a lot of improvements for Windows Vista users, lets hope that it is actually the case. No reports from anyone using them currently that I am aware of. Mary Jo Foley got a look at the email sent to the testers and it had some service pack 1 information in it.

Q: What is in Windows Vista SP1?

A: ?Windows Vista SP1 is an update to Windows Vista that, along with improvements delivered to users via Windows Update, addresses feedback from our customers. In addition to previously released updates, SP1 will contain changes focused on addressing specific reliability and performance issues, supporting new types of hardware, and adding support for several emerging standards.?

Q: What is not in Windows Vista SP1?

A: SP1 is not intended to be a vehicle for releasing new features; however some existing components do gain enhanced functionality in SP1. ?

Q: What are some examples of ?improved security and quality??

A: SP1 delivers improvements that target what we?ve found to be the most common causes of crashes and hangs, giving users a more reliable experience. SP1 also improves upon performance in key scenarios, such as copying files and shutdown time.

Beyond improvements to the basics, SP1 addresses other areas where we have received feedback. For example, SP1 improves the success of peer-to-peer connections, such as Windows MeetingSpace or Remote Assistance, when both PCs are behind symmetric firewalls. It also gives vendors of security software a more secure way to communicate with Windows Security Center. Source: New Vista fix packs provide updates promised for SP1

Some of the folks over on the AeroXperience.org website have benchmarked the time it takes to copy files before and after the fixes and the improvements are indeed promising.

During the tests, we quickly found copying small files (1MB-10MB) proved too difficult to time and therefore were cut from the benchmark. The other tests, however, blew us away (sorry, we’re pessimists when it comes to NVIDIA drivers and Microsoft hotfixes)…

After some very lengthy re-learning of percentages, we calculated the transfers completed over twice as fast! One oddity, however, was the fact the speed indicator in the file transfer dialog remained at a fairly constant rate (48MB/s), giving us the impression the speed calculation code is borked. Despite this, however, these numbers are very encouraging given the hotfix’s short life; we can’t wait to see what the final build delivers! Source: KB938979 to Fix File Transfer Woes. No, really.

So, it definitely appears that it will be a help to most people.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - at 3:50 pm

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Second Life and Support for Vista

I have used Second Life on a Windows Vista machine a couple times and have not really had any trouble, other than getting it to work to start with, but, I believe in hindsight that the issues I did have were bandwidth related at the time and nothing with Vista, as others in my area had trouble getting online as well. But, in a blog post from Linden Labs, they announced that Vista is working well with SL as long as you are using a supported graphics card and the latest native drivers from the manufacturer, specs are System Requirements.

Here?s an update on Second Life support for Vista users. We?re in the process of validating our support of Vista. We?ve finished a couple of rounds of testing. We?re now pulling together our findings and laying the internal groundwork for formal support of Vista.

Generally speaking, Second Life and Vista are happy together as long as a supported graphics card is installed and the most recent native graphics drivers are being used. Please see http://www.secondlife.com/corporate/sysreqs.php for more information. Source: Vista support in Second Life

I’ll have to try a friend?s machine out who is using Vista to get my own personal opinion, not taking a chance with my main machine and Vista, just yet.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - July 23, 2007 at 4:56 am

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No Vista SP1 for Us This Week, Some Testers Yes

Remember when I mentioned some beta testers already have a copy of Vista SP1 and the rest of us would be getting it this Thursday, hehe, well, never mind that. Microsoft is trying to clear the air of all of the Vista service pack rumors flowing around the internet and have sent out an official announcement to stop the rumors.

?There will be a Windows Vista service pack and our current expectation is that a beta will be made available sometime this year. Service packs are part of the traditional software lifecycle ? they?re something we do for all Microsoft products as part of our commitment to continuous improvement, and providing early test builds is a standard practice that helps us incorporate customer feedback and improve the overall quality of the product.

Service packs are just one example of the work we do to constantly improve the Windows experience. We also deliver improvements to Windows via Windows Update, which is an excellent channel for providing our customers with the most significant updates as they happen. And, since Windows Vista launched, we have continued working with partners to improve overall device coverage and application compatibility. There are now more than 2.1 million supported devices and more than 2,000 logoed applications for Windows Vista. We think customers will have a great experience using Windows Vista today.? Source: No Public Windows Vista SP1 This Week

So, ignore this post and this post. Microsoft has been trying to make it look like stuff was coming out later than it really is as part of their new policy under promise and over deliver, so, we shall see, I bet it is still earlier than they say it will be.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - July 19, 2007 at 2:15 pm

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More Info on Windows Vista SP1

Looks like some beta testers could be getting their copies of sp1 tomorrow, July 19th, the same day they announce their earning for the fiscal year of 2007. There are some testers who already have early copies of the service pack, at least according to Mary Jo Foley, and yesterday they made available a beta of Windows Drivers Kit (WDK) that is being prepared to coincide with the release of the service pack, the code is available on the Microsoft Connect website. Here are some of the fixes and features you can expect;

Performance tweaks lessening the amount of time it takes to copy files and shut down Vista machines.

Improved transfer performance and decreased CPU utilization via support for SD Advanced Direct Memory Access (DMA).

Support for ExFat, the Windows file format for flash memory storage and other consumer devices.

Improvements to BitLocker Drive Encryption to allow not just encryption of the whole Vista volume, but also locally created data volumes.

The ability to boot Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) on an x64 machine.

Improved success rate for firewalled MeetingSpace and Remote Assistance connections.
Source: Microsoft starts priming the pump for Vista SP1 Preview

One tester said he was disappointed because they are rushing the product to meet timetables instead of making a better product. The expected release date is still in November of 2007.

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - July 18, 2007 at 2:26 am

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Windows Vista Drivers

Here is a great list started by Ed Bott, The Vista Master Driver List, where is he listing network drivers, sound drivers, system drivers, video drivers and more.

I?m trying to keep track of download locations for Vista-compatible drivers for common hardware types in a single location. To that end, I?ve set up the Vista Master Driver List page. The rules are as follows:

1. Only primary download locations (official sites run by hardware maker) are allowed. I don?t trust or recommend third-party sites that allow direct downloads of drivers.

2. Whenever possible, I?m linking to the information page or the search page rather than the driver file itself. Linking to the file runs the risk that you?ll grab the wrong driver, miss an update or a readme file, or bypass other important information that might be on the info page. Source: Vista drivers

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - July 16, 2007 at 3:08 am

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Robert McLaws Says Chris is Picky with his UI

Robert McLaws takes the writer of the Associated Press story Six months on, Vista users still griping Some working around flaws or sticking with Windows XP, I mentioned it here, because she only got one side for her story. He said Chris Pirillo has made his career complaining about Windows, it comes to him naturally.

This may be news to Jessica Mintz of the Associated Press, but not every Vista user has been griping. While it’s easy to look to Chris Pirillo’s 52-minute rant on Vista, people forget that Chris has made his professional career out of griping about Windows. He’s been complaining about Vista since the first time I showed it to him in 2004. So going to Chris for an opinion of *any* version of Windows is likely to produce a 52-minute rant on fonts, spacing, pixel alignment, and his feelings on usability. I consider Chris a friend, but the guy’s about as nit-picky about UI as they come… I’m actually surprised he hasn’t just switched to the Mac yet.

I’ve been using Windows Vista for just as long as Chris has (if not longer), and while my beta testing problems were well documented, I haven’t had too many issues since RTM. I’m running with UAC on, and I don’t run into UAC prompts all that often. I’ve rarely had driver issues (except for the first few weeks when Acer didn’t update their US support site), and all three machines in my house are running it. Overall, I love Windows Vista, and I can’t stand touching Windows XP. Heck, my mom and kid sister use it every day too, and they’ve hardly ever called me about tech-support issues. Source: Windows Vista: Six Months In, Your Mileage May Vary

He also said, “But unless the AP is going to have Zogby do a customer satisfaction survey (or unless they do some, uh, investigative reporting, and get both sides of the story), I think the best way to explain the public’s experiences with Vista is “Your Mileage May Vary”.” While he admits he’s had some driver issues, he is very happy with it, as is most of his family.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - July 14, 2007 at 6:48 am

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