Microsoft has quietly begun testing a series of patches for Vista that
promise to dramatically increase the performance of the OS in various
ways. The patches, which could see a public release on Microsoft's
regularly-scheduled August Patch Tuesday, address such things as copy
or moving large amounts of data, video card compatibility and
reliability, and improvements related to Sleep mode.
"This update resolves a number of individual issues which may be
affecting some computers running Windows Vista," the documentation for
one patch reads. "These issues have been reported by customers using
the Error Reporting service, product support, or other means.
Installing this update will improve the performance and responsiveness
for some scenarios and improves reliability of Windows Vista in a
variety of scenarios."
Although Vista performance is generally excellent, a number of users
have reported problems with copying and moving large amounts of data
with the OS and report that it does so more slowly than Windows XP.
One of these patches appears to fix this and other related problems,
while others seem to be dedicated to reliability and compatibility
fixes. The patches are all available in separate 32-bit and 64-bit