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Improve Stability, Compatibility and Performance of Windows Vista

Today Microsoft released some updates and roll-up patches for Windows Vista.  It looks like we have a few more significant updates Microsoft decided can’t wait for the release of Windows Vista SP1.

  1. Update for Windows Vista (KB941651)
  2. Update for Windows Vista (KB941600)
  3. Update for Windows Vista (KB941649)
  4. Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista (KB941229)

After a quick Deep Dive on the KB’s, these are updates you definitely want to get on your Windows Vista Machines (32bit and 64bit) ASAP.

 

Here’s a quick review:

Update for Windows Vista (KB941651)

  • This is a reliability update. Install this update to improve the reliability of Windows Media Player 11 for Windows Vista in certain scenarios.

Update for Windows Vista (KB941600) (Revision 1.1 released 10/2/2007)

  • This update resolves some reliability issues in the USB core components on the Windows Vista operating system
  • 925528 Stop errors occurring on a Windows-based computer that has 2GB or more of RAM and is using a NVIDIA nForce USB controller
  • 929734 You may experience problems after you resume a Windows Vista-based computer from sleep or hibernation
  • 930568 Error message when you try to put a Windows Vista-based computer to sleep or into hibernation: “STOP 0x000000FE BUGCODE_USB_DRIVER”
  • 929478 After you use the Safely Remove Hardware option to remove a built-in optical drive from a portable Windows Vista-based computer, you may be unable to reconnect the drive
  • 930570 Error message in the Usbhub.sys process when you wake a Windows Vista-based computer from sleep or hibernation: “STOP 0x00000044”
  • 928631 A USB device may no longer work correctly after Windows Vista resumes from sleep or hibernation
  • 933433 Recording quality is poor when you use a USB microphone on a Windows Vista-based computer that has 4 GB of RAM or more
  • 933442 A USB composite device does not work after you disable and then enable the device in Device Manager on a computer that is running Windows Vista
  • 934633 When you connect a USB multifunction printer device to a Windows Vista-based computer, this creates a second instance of the printer object, causing the first instance to no longer work
  • 934796 Error message on a Windows Vista-based computer that is running a USB composite device: “STOP 0x000000FE”
  • 933824 The Safely Remove Hardware feature and the Windows Explorer “Eject” command do not work correctly when an Apple iPod connects to a Windows Vista-based computer
  • 935782 A USB device takes a long time to resume from “selective suspend” mode on a Windows Vista-based computer that uses UHCI USB controllers
  • 935783 When you resume a Windows Vista-based computer from sleep, you may experience unexpected behavior from a USB device
  • When the computer resumes from a suspend state or a hibernation state, the computer stops responding. Additionally, you receive a “0x9F” stop message on a blue screen.
  • The computer takes a long time to resume from a suspend state or a hibernation state
  • The computer takes a long time to resume from a suspend state or a hibernation state when you use a VIA controller
  • The computer stops responding when you use an AuthenTec USB fingerprint reader. Additionally, you receive a “0xFE” Stop error on a blue screen or a “0x9F” Stop error on a blue screen.
  • The computer stops responding when you use a USB Bluetooth audio device
  • The computer takes a long time to resume from a suspend state or a hibernation state when you use an Enhanced Host Controller Interface (EHCI) controller
  • The computer stops responding when you remove a USB device. Additionally, you receive a “0xFE” Stop error on a blue screen.
  • When a computer resumes from a suspend state or a hibernation state multiple times, you receive a “0xFE” Stop error on a blue screen

Update for Windows Vista (KB941649)

  • This update resolves some compatibility and reliability issues in Windows Vista. By applying this update, you can achieve better reliability and hardware compatibility in various scenarios.
  • It extends the battery life for mobile devices
  • It improves the stability of portable computers and of desktop computers that use an uninterruptable power supply (UPS)
  • It enhances the reliability of Windows Vista when you open the menu of a startup application
  • It increases the stability of Internet Explorer when you open a Web page
  • It improves the stability of wireless network services.
  • It shortens the startup time of Windows Vista by using a better timing structure
  • It reduces the recovery time after Windows Vista experiences a period of inactivity
  • It reduces the recovery time when you try to exit the Photos screen saver
  • It improves the stability of Windows PowerShell
  • A compatibility issue affects some third-party antivirus software applications
  • A reliability issue that occurs when a Windows Vista-based computer uses certain network driver configurations

Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista (KB941229)

  • This update addresses issues with Media Center for Microsoft Vista
  • Several problems that are related to the Media Center Extensibility Platform
  • An issue that affects digital cable card components when you use Scientific Atlanta cable cards
  • Interaction problems occurring between Media Center PC and Microsoft Xbox 360 when using Xbox 360 as a Media Center Extender
  • Autolaunch issues that happen with video CD (VCD) media

 


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6 Responses to Improve Stability, Compatibility and Performance of Windows Vista

  1. Parm October 3, 2007 at 8:27 am #

    These updates don’t seem to be available via Windows Update, do you happen to know if they’ll be rolled out on the update service as mandatory or are these optional updates?

    • Steve Krause June 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

      Thank you @ab17d54724fc8afd525789b6beec4d9f:disqus for the first comment EVER on my blog. You Win the Prize!

  2. Converted October 3, 2007 at 1:24 pm #

    Just ran through all 4 updates. Will keep you updated if I see any improvement in performance. Thanks for the FYI!

  3. MrGroove October 3, 2007 at 1:33 pm #

    Hi Parm, welcome to the site!

    If these updates are like the last batch of VISTA updates, they will only be available via the links I posted. I could be wrong so if I see them make their way to Windows Update OR my WSUS server, I’ll post an update here.

  4. 22shocker October 6, 2007 at 1:43 pm #

    Thank you. Installed the updates and things seem to be working better now.

    Thanks again!

  5. Mollie Belous April 6, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

    Ah!!! at last I found what I was looking for. Somtimes it takes so much effort to find even tiny useful piece of information.

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