For the second time in two months, Microsoft has rolled out fixes to improve Windows Vista's speed and reliability. The four separate updates, available now for download from the vendor's Web site, address several operating system performance and stability problems, deal with a dozen Universal Serial Bus issues, improve Windows Media Player, and patch Media Center.
Although Microsoft has put Windows Vista SP1 (Service Pack 1) in the hands of some testers, it has said it will continue to update the original Vista -- dubbed "RTM" for "release to manufacturing" -- even as it puts SP1 through its paces. Seven weeks ago, it issued a pair of updates that tackled numerous problems, offering them as optional items through Windows Update last month.
"[Tuesday's] updates are a collection of fixes that we have made to address a small set of reliability, compatibility, stability, security, and performance issues," a Microsoft spokeswoman said Wednesday. "[They] will provide incremental improvements to the most common issues -- but in general, these improvements or fixes are going to be very narrow in scope."