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Non-security Vista updates readied for Patch Tuesday

Microsoft will release several non-security related updates to Windows Vista on Patch Tuesday this week. They will address some of the most common complaints, including a number of performance and compatibility tweaks.

Microsoft will release several non-security related updates to Windows Vista on Patch Tuesday this week. They will address some of the most common complaints, including a number of performance and compatibility tweaks.

According to InformationWeek:

The most significant update Microsoft is adding to Windows Update is the second version of KB941649. It will extend battery life for mobile devices, improve the stability of Windows PowerShell and wireless network services, and also includes a number of compatibility and performance updates.

The other major update consists of a rollup that fixes a total of 21 issues. It resolves the reliability in core USB components in Windows Vista as well as other issues that have not been previously documented, such as the computer taking a long time to resume from a suspend or hibernation state.

You can read more from what Microsoft product manager Nick White wrote on his blog.

Did I mention that I purchased a new laptop recently which came with -- you guessed it -- Windows Vista. Hopefully, the scheduled updates will fix its erratic suspend and hibernate behavior. If you are a Vista victim user, are you looking forward to Patch Tuesday already?

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

3 comments
paulmah
paulmah

Hopefully, the scheduled updates will fix its erratic suspend and hibernate behaviour. If you are a Vista user, are you looking forward to Patch Tuesday already?

armstrongb
armstrongb

Vista took less than 3 to 5 minutes when I click on "My Computer" to actually display the C drive and the 2 USB external hard drives on my 4 month old Dell Dimension with Vista Ultimate. Whenever I click on "My Computer" on the new Vista box, which is fully patched as of today, I may as well take a walk around the block before I can get anything to display. So maybe one of these patches will help? Is this the USB thing people are complaining about? Files display immediately when I click "My Documents" or access a file via an application like Paintshop Pro, Nero or MS Office apps. This "My Computer" kludge on Vista is unlike my 2 XP boxes I still have and use daily, and even those old 2000 and NT4 boxes that I used to have, which show me the contents of "My Computer" instantly whenever I clicked on "My Computer". Otherwise, Vista runs well but takes about twice as long to boot as the "old" XP Pro boxes I run. I think Vista will get better in time but it doesn't seem like much of an upgrade to me at this junction.

wescrook
wescrook

Make sure you don't have anything in your CD or DVD drives. If there is a disc in there, it will be accessed each time you go in to "Computer" (it's no longer "My" computer). The same applies for the floppy drive. If you don't use the floppy drive, disable it in your device manager. This will speed up the time to open 'computer' from the desktop or start menu...

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