Vista Reliability Update

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If you’re running Vista, you might want to check into KB938979.

It’s call the “Performance and Reliability Update for Vista”. There’s actually 2 different packs, one for 32bit and one for 64bit.

In my case, Vista Explorer was just crashing, almost constantly, when I was copying files around (I got into a house cleaning mode this morning and started shuffling files into a little better folder structures).

It’s a 10mb download, so it’s not utterly trivial, but it’s not 300mb service pack either.

I just have to wonder what actually got changed when MS rolls out patches like this. Just once, wouldn’t be interesting for MS to roll out a patch that included a DIFF report. You know, not ALL the code, per se, just what the old line was and what it was changed to, what was deleted and what was added.

Wouldn’t THAT make for some interesting reading?


  1. Ralf says:

    I’d *love* to see something like that. It would be a good way to pass the time during the download.

    In other news, the editor of PC Magazine is moving on, and in a kind of oh-and-by-the-way offhandedness, describes how he’s abandoning Vista in favor of XP. When one of the foremost Vista cheerleaders thows in the towel, it’s something to see.,1895,2171472,00.asp

  2. Darin says:

    Vista definitely has it’s warts. If I hadn’t had a machine totally crash and had to rebuild from scratch, I’d probably have stuck with XP for at least another year or so.

    In all, once I turned off the damn UAC, Vista hasn’t been that bad. There’s certainly things about it I’d just as soon change, but then, there was plenty about XP I’d have changed to.

    Now, my big dilemma is whether to spring for the quad core chip or stick with the dual I’ve got. I’m just wondering if I pop a new chip in, will Vista barf and make me reinstall the base OS because of the change.

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