3 new performance and reliability updates for Windows Vista


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ataris_kid

Installed the x86 versions on my lappy, and all is well. Hopefully this will improve battery life in Vista, as with Ubuntu I get about 3 hours per charge. Under Vista I've only been getting 2.25 hours max. Maybe this will help. =)

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Robinair
failed and what else does it say? Are you downloading the x86 or the x64 version but applying it to the wrong type of machine?

That's the problem. It only says failed. I have some knowledge of computers, so I wouldn't make the mistake of downloading the wrong version. I'm trying to install the x86 version on my x86 machine.

I've made a screenshot and translated the text. That's all it says. This dialog dissapears automatically and a somewhat identical one appears saying that the update was not installed. No explanation whatsoever.

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Andrew Lyle

i installed all 3 updates, restarted, now my PC won't even POST... i looked in the motherboard manual, and it says:

memory detect test

testing onboard memory size. The D-LED will hang if memory medule is damaged or not installed properly.

wtf.. how can my ram be bad after it worked fine for 2 years?

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ana04

All 4 patches installed fine and so far no problems.. :)

AMD 64 X2 4200+

Asus A8N SLI Deluxe

2047MB

32Bit

Nvidia 8600 GT

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Andrew Lyle

Just an update on my situation.

After the updates installed, the screen went black after I heard my PC rebooting.

I watched in amazement as my screen stayed black with nothing to display for a few minutes. I disassembled my PC (removed HDD, cables, and the video card, and all 4 sticks of ram).

I left it unplugged for a few minutes, hooked it up to another monitor, and it booted (with 1 stick of ram and 1 video card).

I proceeded to place everything back in one at a time, and booted accordingly, then with everything back in, it booted up fine.... weird huh.

Note: This update was hell, and I see no performance improvements for start up, but I do notice a massive increase in TIME to boot.. Yes, it actually takes longer to boot now.

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Popcorned1

These updates sound dodgy. I'll try them when they come onto Windows Update

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S7R1K3R

Everything installed fine on my lappy in one shot. I just exited daemon tools prior just in case and all is well now. Boot time is a little faster but I have yet to check on battery life.

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ranasrule

can i get a direct link to the x86 updates? no way iam installing the WGA plugin :angry:

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null_
can i get a direct link to the x86 updates? no way iam installing the WGA plugin :angry:

Might as well just get it done and over with, I mean Windows Genuine Advantage is built right into Windows Vista so you've got nothing to lose.

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unknownsoldierX
That's the problem. It only says failed. I have some knowledge of computers, so I wouldn't make the mistake of downloading the wrong version. I'm trying to install the x86 version on my x86 machine.

I've made a screenshot and translated the text. That's all it says. This dialog dissapears automatically and a somewhat identical one appears saying that the update was not installed. No explanation whatsoever.

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Start -> Run, then paste this in.

%windir%\Windowsupdate.log

Find the entry for the failed update and there will be an error code. You can find it easy by doing a search for "Error". It will be in the format "Error #x########" for example "Error 0x80190194". Report back with the error code.

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rand0m.bullet
i installed all 3 updates, restarted, now my PC won't even POST... i looked in the motherboard manual, and it says:

wtf.. how can my ram be bad after it worked fine for 2 years?

if it didn't post, it's not an operating system related problem

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Lighthalzen

I did a battery test on the Macbook Pro, seems to use battery even faster now :wacko:

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bmaehr

My Vista with Gigabyte P35-DS4 and Intel ICH9R chipset doesn?t boot anymore after the update, it hangs at crcdisk. After replacing all .sys-files in the drivers directory with the originals it works again.

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Smigit

Well I have no benchmarks ect but from my limited observation after one or two boots it felt to me that the time to go from the login to a useable desktop with everything loaded had improved pretty significently but at the same time it also felt a bit slower to get to the login screen from power on.

I can't really say but and thats just my gut feeling. For all I know nothing has changed. I know they installed fine however.

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ranasrule

great updates....no problems here

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Daimaah

Hmm, those with problems: do you happen to have VirtualBox installed? I've already ruled out Daemon Tools (uninstalled, tried to patch, didn't work), and VBox seems to be the only thing that could have an effect, if it's any 3rd party program and not the drivers.

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DaViD_BRaNDoN
Hmm, those with problems: do you happen to have VirtualBox installed? I've already ruled out Daemon Tools (uninstalled, tried to patch, didn't work), and VBox seems to be the only thing that could have an effect, if it's any 3rd party program and not the drivers.

I haven't tried those patches yet but I do have VirtualBox installed as I'm still undecided if I should give it a go yet...

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BryanChung

Nope I did not have VirtualBox and it installs fine :)

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Robinair
Start -> Run, then paste this in.

%windir%\Windowsupdate.log

Find the entry for the failed update and there will be an error code. You can find it easy by doing a search for "Error". It will be in the format "Error #x########" for example "Error 0x80190194". Report back with the error code.

PTError: 0x80248014

This is the errorcode that is flooding the updatelog from 2007-09-09 till now. I never had problems updating, just updated indows Defender a minute ago, although the same error is recorded during the Defender update. (And of course also with the new performance updates for Vista)

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unknownsoldierX
PTError: 0x80248014

This is the errorcode that is flooding the updatelog from 2007-09-09 till now. I never had problems updating, just updated indows Defender a minute ago, although the same error is recorded during the Defender update. (And of course also with the new performance updates for Vista)

That is not a common error code, and from what I can find, there is no documentation from MS about it.

I'm guessing one of these:

1. Badly pirated copy of Vista (no offense, I'm not accusing you)

2. WGA validation got screwed up, you need to validate again

3. The Windows Update data store got corrupted

First, visit http://www.microsoft.com/genuine and click Validate Windows. Try the updates again.

If that doesn't work, then try this:

Open an elevated command prompt. (Go to Start -> Programs -> Accessories, right-click on Command Prompt, and choose "Run as administrator".)

In the command prompt window, run the following two commands:

net stop wuauserv

rmdir /s C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore

Don't close the command prompt window yet.

Rename the C:\Windows\WindowsUpdate.log file to some other name. (This isn't actually necessary, but will make it much easier to distinguish if WU is working properly after the fix)

Run the Registry Editor. (Go to Start -> Run, type "regedit" and press Enter.)

***Be careful, you can screw up your system if you make a mistake here***

In the Registry Editor tree, find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate.

Right-click on WindowsUpdate in the tree and choose Delete.

Back in the command prompt window, run this command:

net start wuauserv

You can now close the command prompt window and the Registry Editor window.

Now run the Windows Update control panel. You'll be prompted to opt back into Microsoft Update and to reset your automatic-updates settings. The first "Checking for updates..." cycle will take longer than usual, since the data store needs to be rebuilt. Any previously-hidden updates (such as language packs) will be shown again and will need to be re-hidden.

If the problem was indeed a corrupted datastore, then you should find that

updates are now successfully detected. If not, then you should at least be no

worse off than you were.

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Lowdown

I installed the 3 updates and things seemed to go well at first. Didn't really notice and speed difference or anything like that but I have now noticed I'm starting to have problems with Internet Explorer at times if it is trying to run a media player window or media type thing on a webpage. Example, going to MSN Videos or like a Myspace page with a video or music file on it. I am thinking that there was something with that update that was for Media player 11. Is there any way to install a update like that or is the only way to revert back is to do a system restore? At first I thought it had something to do with Adobe Flash because I thought it was crashing on those pages but I used tools from Adobe to uninstall everything Flash and reinstall it with no luck. I also reset Internet Explorers settings, from what I've heard it pretty much reverts it back to manufacturer's settings. Any ideas?

Windows Vista x64, Internet Explorer 7

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Impact

So, are these betas, or are they realeased, just not on windows update yet?

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micwa
That is not a common error code, and from what I can find, there is no documentation from MS about it.

I'm guessing one of these:

1. Badly pirated copy of Vista (no offense, I'm not accusing you)

2. WGA validation got screwed up, you need to validate again

3. The Windows Update data store got corrupted

First, visit http://www.microsoft.com/genuine and click Validate Windows. Try the updates again.

If that doesn't work, then try this:

Open an elevated command prompt. (Go to Start -> Programs -> Accessories, right-click on Command Prompt, and choose "Run as administrator".)

In the command prompt window, run the following two commands:

net stop wuauserv

rmdir /s C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore

Don't close the command prompt window yet.

Rename the C:\Windows\WindowsUpdate.log file to some other name. (This isn't actually necessary, but will make it much easier to distinguish if WU is working properly after the fix)

Run the Registry Editor. (Go to Start -> Run, type "regedit" and press Enter.)

***Be careful, you can screw up your system if you make a mistake here***

In the Registry Editor tree, find HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate.

Right-click on WindowsUpdate in the tree and choose Delete.

Back in the command prompt window, run this command:

net start wuauserv

You can now close the command prompt window and the Registry Editor window.

Now run the Windows Update control panel. You'll be prompted to opt back into Microsoft Update and to reset your automatic-updates settings. The first "Checking for updates..." cycle will take longer than usual, since the data store needs to be rebuilt. Any previously-hidden updates (such as language packs) will be shown again and will need to be re-hidden.

If the problem was indeed a corrupted datastore, then you should find that

updates are now successfully detected. If not, then you should at least be no

worse off than you were.

Thanks I tried that for my problem, and it didn't seem to work. (Legit Windows, just freshly formated)

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Denis W.

Is anyone getting a DEP error when launching Counter-Strike 1.6 on Vista after installing these patches?

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Evolution

Oddly enough I received a DEP error after IE crashed.... I don't think DEP is the problem... Vista is probably just passing the crashes onto DEP...

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