Hotfix To Fix Poor Printing Performance In Windows 7 And Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft recently published a hotfix to fix poor printing performance issues in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft identified the issues as, “On a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2, the printing performance may be poor compared to the performance on a computer that is running Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008. Additionally, a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 consumes more CPU resources when you print a document. For example, CPU usage remains at 100 percent for a long time in Task Manager when you print a document on a computer that is running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.”
The cause of this issue as identified by Microsoft, “occurs because of a performance regression in spooler behavior on single-processor systems that are running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.” Generally, this means that only single-core CPU systems running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 may be affected by the performance issue.
A hotfix is made available for users affected by the issue as a temporary solution. It is likely that Microsoft will soon release a patch to address the printing performance issue. A total of three hotfixes are offered, targeting 32-bit, 64-bit and IA64 systems. Each hotfix contains the fix for both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
To apply this hotfix, you must be running Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.
To use the hotfix in this package, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.
You must restart the computer after you apply this hotfix.
Hotfix replacement information
This hotfix does not replace a previously released hotfix.