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BUG #: 56070 (SQLBUG_70)
Applications that repetitively run non-parameterized but similar queries through a keyset, dynamic or forward only cursor may experience slower performance than if the same queries were run with a different cursor type.
When submitted through the cursor, the queries are not being auto-parameterized. As a result, every query is compiled individually, resulting in a longer aggregate execution time than expected.
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in SQL Server 7.0. This problem has been corrected in U.S. Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
254561 INF: How to Obtain Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 and Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) 1.0
For more information, contact your primary support provider.
With this fix installed, the query plan is auto-parameterized on the first run, increasing the performance of subsequent runs once the plan is in cache.