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Windows Vista patch ready for download


A rumored patch for Vista reliability, said to be slated for Patch Tuesday, is available now to download from Microsoft.

A leak last week suggested the software giant was almost ready to ship a patch for numerous Vista problems, and the release timing would be tied to Patch Tuesday. Instead, it appeared a week early. Microsoft says it will improve memory management, reliability, performance, and responsiveness in various scenarios, as well as these problems:

  • Long delays on exit from the Photos screen saver
  • Windows Energy screen saver memory leaks
  • Network printer install failures if User Account Control is disabled and the network printer is hosted by a Windows XP-based or a Windows Server 2003-based computer
  • File header corruption of AVI files when using the AVIStreamWrite function
  • File copy and move "estimated time remaining" takes a long time to show
  • Post-hibernation log-on screen long delays or loss of default gateway address
  • Off-line file corruption when synchronizing that file to a server
  • Canon EOS 1D or 1DS camera RAW files lose data

Of course, some cures are worse than then disease, and past patches from Redmond have been problematic. How long will you wait before implementing this patch?

5 comments
jrwooton
jrwooton

I will employ it as soon as it comes out because I am a sucker for punishment...been a tester for 25 years now...love to try new patches and updates and operating systems right from the get go...I was a beta tester for Vista anywho, so I have got to do this anyhow...adios

learush
learush

Are the benefits worth the risk?

Don Ticulate
Don Ticulate

when people drop the fact they were a Vista tester in a post as is it some huge achievement or honor. Cracks me right up!

Musturd Breath
Musturd Breath

I was a Charmin tester till Mr. Whipple passed away. Now I'm a sucker for any new roll that comes out !

dinotech
dinotech

I appreciate TR's position about allowing anyone post to the discussions that are created here. However, it would be more useful when people do post, that they post about the content in the article or discussion. Posting about someone's response, that they have been testing software for 25 years - Microsoft software or otherwise - and stating that it is amusing to you, doesn't help those who look to TR to get meaningful responses. I read the same post, and it was a reply to the article that he feels obligated to test the patch because of his role as a tester. He didn't say that he was a proud tester, or that he was an expert tester. No, there was no boasting at all. He just made a statement. I have a similar view on those who post with an icon that shows their dislike for the USA. I believe in freedom of speech on the Internet, but I also believe that there needs to be responsibility for that freedom. If you truly have an issue with a country - USA or other - I would save it for a forum or newsgroup where you can express those feelings. I don't think TR is the best place to demonstrate that.

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