Microsoft Releases 2 "Fix Packs" for Windows Vista

Microsoft released a pair of "fix packs" for Windows Vista, which are targeted to improve performance and compatibility.Among the reported fixes are improvements for speeding up Vista's hibernate and resume performance, improved compatibility with printers, tweaking Vista's memory management capabilities, better HD DVD/Blu-ray playback, and improvements in file transfers.

Perhaps the most noticeable fix for gamers is an update that cures an issue with graphics cards using Nvidia's G80 (8800) GPU. When firing up a game, the 8800 takes a little time to ramp up—too much time for Vista, which thought the card was hanging. So the game would quit, and you'd typically see the "Windows has recovered from a serious error" message, which would point to the Nvidia-based card.

Also fixed are performance issues with high definition disc playback (both Blu-ray and HD-DVD), file copy performance improvement and improvements to compatibility with Canon cameras and HP printers.

Both updates are currently downloadable from the Microsoft knowledge base. Fix KB938194 is about 2MB, while update KB938979 is about a 10MB download. The patch files are available for both 64-bit and 32-bit Vista.

Download: Windows Vista Fix Pack KB938194
Download: Windows Vista Fix Pack KB938979
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I'm running Vista Ultimate X64 and after installing these 2 vista packages I've noticed a drop in cpu usage at idle ..programs are running more smoothly. ..audio playback has improved on my X-Fi platinum and speeds for large file copies has improved as well. I haven't tried hd-dvd playback ..no hdcp compliant monitor but everything else is running so much better.

I get an error when I try to install KB938979 (the 10mb one); "the update does not apply to your system". I can't install it. The smaller patch installed without problems. I'm running Vista Ultimate x86.

And here I was, relieved that MS had released these fixes early...

I have found file copying and general stability to be better but it has not fixed the problem with IE7 and Objectdock Plus (as one the fixes was for third-party toolbars) and the photo screen saver still has problems when a black screen apprears instead of a photo and you have to use ctrl+alt+del to get back to the desktop. If this doesn't happen photo screensaver does go back to desktop quicker. All in all though this is worth installing.

So, the general talk is that these 2 patchs do help things. I haven't been reading about any major problems after installing them. So it seems that if you have Vista installed, go get these two patches.

They'll probably be pushed through Windows Update though, later maybe. If not, they should be in SP1.

Vista seems now a little faster and more stable, however, it's always been this way for me.

In my option the performance and reliability also depends on the crap which you install on your machine. My Vista installation still feels fresh and smooth after almost an year because I install only what I really need from companies which I can trust.

Nexx295 said,
My Vista installation still feels fresh and smooth after almost an year

Humm Unless my clock is wrong its not November yet. If it is November I've had a very long sleep. Seriously though you have invadlidated you whole argument by that statement...

"Vista seems now a little faster and more stable, however, it's always been this way for me."

How can it seem a little faster if it's ALWAYS BEEN THAT WAY. You make no sense whatsoever.

krustylicious said,

Humm Unless my clock is wrong its not November yet. If it is November I've had a very long sleep. Seriously though you have invadlidated you whole argument by that statement...

well for those of us who BETA TESTED it... its been at least a year.

krustylicious said,

Humm Unless my clock is wrong its not November yet. If it is November I've had a very long sleep. Seriously though you have invadlidated you whole argument by that statement...

I've had vista aka longhorn for over two years now... I've been using it since the alpha stages... :P

neufuse said,

I've had vista aka longhorn for over two years now... I've been using it since the alpha stages... :P


lmfao to me beta and alpha products shouldn't really count... anyhow

ispamforfood said,
well for those of us who BETA TESTED it... its been at least a year.

I'm fairly sure we didn't get our free copies in August or before, so no-one has been running the final Vista for over a year.

I get errors when applying each "fix pack":

Installer encountered an error: 0x8007177f
This machine is disabled for file encryption

Any ideas?

mattv63 said,
I get errors when applying each "fix pack":

Installer encountered an error: 0x8007177f
This machine is disabled for file encryption

Any ideas?

have you disabled any services from a default Vista install?

mattv63 said,
I get errors when applying each "fix pack":

Installer encountered an error: 0x8007177f
This machine is disabled for file encryption

Any ideas?

If you by any chance disabled the crypto service it will have a problem validating the installation, as it uses it to perform hashes on the files for security checks

Now the question is, has anyone compared these to the ones released last week or so, to see if the hash is different?

I am wondering if any changes were made since then to the final release?

phiberoptik said,
Now the question is, has anyone compared these to the ones released last week or so, to see if the hash is different?

I am wondering if any changes were made since then to the final release?

I downloaded my pre-releases via bink.nu and they are binary-identical.
you can check it yourself with your versions: fc /b "filename1" "filename2" in command-prompt

Do these patches make Vista more acceptable? Usually I'm the last to upgrade but this Vista disc is burning a hole in my desk here.

I'm waiting for the first service pack before I put Vista back on.

Once MS work out the many, many bugs in it, it'll be a bloody good OS.

When firing up a game, the 8800 takes a little time to ramp up

Why does an 8800 require "a little time to ramp up?"