New Vista Patches

According to this article at arstechnica.com, Microsoft has finally released a couple of patches to address performance and compatability issues. The biggest issues addressed by the performance patch in my opinion would be:

• When you copy or move a large file, the “estimated time remaining” takes a long time to be calculated and displayed.
• After you resume the computer from hibernation, it takes a long time to display the logon screen.

As for the compatability patch? Only one item jumps out at me (probably because I experience this all the time):

• The Printer Spooler service stops unexpectedly.

These are listed as KB938979 and KB938194 on Microsoft’s website. With any luck, they will be included in Patch Tuesday’s release. I like Vista. I like it a lot. But it still has a way to go before it becomes the true successor to XP. There is simply no excuse for some things, like the amount of time it takes to unzip a file. I’ve tried several experiments to attempt to solve my performance problems with zips. They all had the same result. My Packard-Bell 486SX/25 unzipped files faster. So kudos to Microsoft for working on the issues and here’s hoping they get the rest of these performance lags fixed soon.