Posted by: kurtsh | April 29, 2007

INFO: Non-Security-related Patches for Windows Vista… or “the importance of a Genuine Copy of Windows Vista”

Today, I received an email from a customer saying that he’d gotten a copy of Windows Vista Ultimate from China for $5 and questioned if he needed the legitimate copy I’d sent him.

The biggest reason for ensuring that you have a Genuine copy of Windows Vista, besides the fact that your machine may go into reduced functionality mode, which sucks, is the fact that while you can download security patches, you can’t download any patches or updates that are:

  • Reliability fixes
  • Performance fixes
  • Junkmail updates for Windows Mail
  • Functionality fixes (stuff that’s straight up broken)
  • New add on components (like Windows Mobile Device Center or Powershell for Vista)

All of the following links require Genuine Windows Vista activation.  Consider this a sample of the updates that you can’t download if you do not have a Genuine copy of Windows Vista:

Reliability Patches:

  • Update for Windows Vista (KB932246)
    Addresses a set of known application compatibility issues with Windows Vista.
  • Update for Windows Vista (KB925528)
    Resolves reliability issues with some USB hardware devices and controllers.
  • Update for Windows Vista (KB933824)
    Resolves an issue where an Apple iPod may be corrupted by using the Safely Remove Hardware feature on a system running Windows Vista.
  • Update for Windows Vista (KB929427)
    Addresses a set of known application compatibility issues with Windows Vista.
  • Update for Windows Vista (KB929777)
    Addresses an issue in storport.sys which results in a system crash when certain hardware configurations exist.
  • Performance Patches:

    • Update for Windows Vista (KB928089)
      This update resolves a performance issue with the Internet Explorer Phishing Filter when visiting web pages that contain multiple frames or when multiple frame navigations occur quickly.

    Functionality Fixes:

    New Components & Improved Functionality:

    Junkmail Filter Updates:

    Development Tools for Windows Vista:

    Miscellaneous Downloads requiring Windows Vista genuine advantage:


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