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Vista updates to address 'big' issues

updated 12:55 pm EDT, Mon July 30, 2007

Vista performance fixes

Microsoft is said to be working on updates that may address some of the most common complaints about Windows Vista, without requiring the highly-anticpated Service Pack 1. According to sources at nV News, testers in the Windows Server 2008 beta are eligible to download early versions of new "Performance and Reliability" and "Compatibility and Reliability" packs, for both the 32- and 64-bit editions of Vista. The former should improve speeds when copying large file folders, an issue that has made Vista problematic for many modern computing demands. It should also reduce the time needed to reach the Login screen from Hibernate.

The Compatibility pack may be most important to gamers and others users of intense graphics, since it should increase compatability with a number of video drivers, and recent cards "in several specific scenarios and configurations." Likewise, games with "high intensity graphics" should receive visual improvements, along with Blu-Ray and HD DVD movies viewed on larger displays. Entering and exiting sleep mode is said to be faster and more reliable.

It had been expected that these changes would only come with the first, cumulative Service Pack for Vista, which is due in 2008. Sales of the operating system have slowed considerably however since its debut in late January however, and now average approximately 10 million per month. This may be prompting Microsoft into making the software a safer proposition.

by MacNN Staff




  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969


    a duh moment

    "This may be prompting Microsoft into making the software a safer proposition."

    While the OS does put a big drain on the older hardware, this is the main reasons stores are offering XP pre-installed on the newer, more powerful machines that could otherwise handle Vista. But lets not forget software incompatibility...

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It will fix Vista

    I've seen the updater and it's called Mac OS X 10.4.11 Updater (Intel)! It migrates over all of your documents (excluding viruses) and then does an Archive and Install. Way to go MS!

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969



    "... download early versions of new "Performance and Reliability" and "Compatibility and Reliability" packs"

    So, basically you have to choose between "Performance" or "Compatibility", but get "Reliability" with both packs? You can't have all three, no?

    This is brilliant, classic MS humor.

  1. dom2cool

    Joined: Dec 1969


    doesnt happen

    well you dont need to do that so much on a mac. its nice

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Are they going to make it so that it doesn't suck?

  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    seen this movie before

    MS comes out with a bandaid to a problem that needs stitches.

    fell sorry for all the vista migrators out there, its your own fault though.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969


    WTF ?

    How is this related to Apple or Mac based news ?

    Why doesn't MacNN start adding in articles on Self Breast Exams and Everything Pokemon - since these too obviously are as connected to Mac related news_

    MacNN Retards_

  1. gitcypher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re ManNN Retards

    I'm sure the engineers and editors of this site are far from retards. Please note that these articles are also posted on, so they do not have to be Mac related.

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