updated 01:20 pm EDT, Wed August 8, 2007
Vista performance packs
Previously rumored, Microsoft has now officially released its Performance and Reliability and Compatibility and Reliability updates to Windows Vista. While not yet on Windows Update, the patches are nevertheless official, and address issues which have deterred many users from upgrading from earlier versions of Windows. The first of the two packs deals primarily with moving large files, which in some cases has taken inordinate amounts of time. It is also said to fix poor memory management, plus screensaver problems and losing TCP/IP when coming back from hibernation.
The Compatibility pack should offer the greatest help to gamers, since it at last remedies driver issues with Nvidia's G80-series video cards, and solves a collection of in-game visual glitches as well. Outside of gaming, playback quality has been improved for Blu-Ray and HD DVD discs on larger monitors, and a printer spooling bug has been eliminated.