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Windows Vista SP2 Hits Release to Manufacturing

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 17 comments

We knew it was coming.

Microsoft announced on its Windows Team Blog that Windows Vista Service Pack 2 has hit the the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) milestone.

New PCs bundled with Windows Vista will soon be shipping with Service Pack 2 integrated.

Some of the key benefits of Windows Vista SP2 include:

  • Windows Search 4.0 for faster and improved relevancy in searches
  • Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack supporting the most recent specification for Bluetooth Technology
  • Ability to record data on to Blu-Ray media natively in Windows Vista
  • Adds Windows Connect Now (WCN) to simplify Wi-Fi Configuration
  • Windows Vista SP2 enables the exFAT file system to support UTC timestamps, which allows correct file synchronization across time zones.

Windows Communications Manager Brandon LeBlanc had this to add:

“Business customers with Windows Vista will find that the transition from Windows Vista to Windows 7 will be significantly more straightforward due to the high degree of compatibility between Windows Vista and Windows 7. If your Windows Vista SP1 deployment is already underway we recommend you continue with SP1 as planned. Then you can deploy SP2 using your systems management infrastructure.  If you are in the early stages of deployment or still planning Windows Vista deployment our best advice is that you plan on testing and deploying Windows Vista SP2.”

Microsoft hasn’t yet revealed a specific date of release for end users other than sometime during Q2.

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    etrnl_frost , April 29, 2009 8:14 PM
    I wonder if this explains the 382MB update last night. Christ, couldn't play more than a couple rounds of survival in L4D because of that :p 
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    Anonymous , April 29, 2009 8:47 PM
    It's already on BitTorrent and file share at http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/04/28/download-windows-server-2008-and-vista-sp2-rtm-600218005/
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    jeraldjunkmail , April 29, 2009 9:16 PM
    Wouldn't it be a bit ironic if Vista SP2 turned out to be more secure and crash proof (reliable) than Windows XP? Wasn't SP2 for XP a turning point for the O/S after all? I'd LOL at the Vista Naysayers...
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    thedipper , April 29, 2009 9:33 PM
    jeraldjunkmailWouldn't it be a bit ironic if Vista SP2 turned out to be more secure and crash proof (reliable) than Windows XP? Wasn't SP2 for XP a turning point for the O/S after all? I'd LOL at the Vista Naysayers...


    Vista SP1 is already more secure, as reliable if the user isn't an idiot, and as fast or faster in most programs.

    But that's not what anti-vista propaganda will tell you.
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    dafin0 , April 29, 2009 9:40 PM
    jeraldjunkmail i already thought vista was more reliable than xp, iv been running it for 2 or so years and iv yet to have a BSOD
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    one-shot , April 29, 2009 10:02 PM
    That's (((IF))) the user isn't an idiot, The Dipper. People who are ignorant about computers/technology generally follow those who they think are more informed in those topics. Kind of like how the sky is falling and SUVs will cause the end of the world due to CO2 emissions.
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    ravewulf , April 29, 2009 10:39 PM
    etrnl_frostI wonder if this explains the 382MB update last night. Christ, couldn't play more than a couple rounds of survival in L4D because of that

    Nope, that was probably Office SP2. Vista SP2, as it says above, won't be out till sometime Q2.
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    randomizer , April 29, 2009 10:53 PM
    Windows 7 is coming in Q2? Wow!

    /lame joke
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    belardo , April 30, 2009 12:36 AM
    NO, Vista SP2 is out Q2, which means between know and a few more weeks.
    Each Q = 3 months. Q2 = April / May / June. Expect Win7 in Q4 at the latest... like OCT so that the new PCs for Christmas won't be vista.
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    deltatux , April 30, 2009 2:04 AM
    It's already Q2, so, where's this SP2 they speak of.

    Then again, I'm in no rush since my system runs fine on SP1.

    deltatux
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    judeh101 , April 30, 2009 4:40 AM
    What's the point of using SP2 when we can get Windows 7?
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    hillarymakesmecry , April 30, 2009 11:56 AM
    @ Jude

    Service packs are free. 7 will cost you another $100+. But your mentality is exactly what Microsoft is looking for. Someone willing to buy into the 2 year OS lifecycle.
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    ailgatrat , April 30, 2009 6:29 PM
    judeh101What's the point of using SP2 when we can get Windows 7?

    hillarymakesmecry@ JudeService packs are free. 7 will cost you another $100+. But your mentality is exactly what Microsoft is looking for. Someone willing to buy into the 2 year OS lifecycle.


    Some of us have upgraded to Vista and are also running SP1. I will update to SP2 when it comes out. For those who are still running XP and have decided to skip Vista, then Judeh does make a point. May as well wait for Windows 7. I for one do not like to buy OS's every year because I can't afford it. I waited for SP1 before I upgraded to Vista after running XP for a few years. I suppose if I had known that MS was going to release a new OS so soon after, I would have waited also. I had some issues early on with older hardware as many did, but I've upgraded some of that hardware and Vista seems to be running very well. I was contemplating the upgrade to 7 but I'm going to wait and see how much it's going to cost before I decide to take the plunge.
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    ossie , May 1, 2009 4:03 AM
    judeh101What's the point of using SP2 when we can get Windows 7?

    It's almost the same thing. vi$hta SP2 is RTM, $even is RC1 - what a nice coincidence, isn't it?
    The difference is, you just have to shell more $$$ out, for the $even craze.
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    zak_mckraken , May 1, 2009 4:27 PM
    judeh101What's the point of using SP2 when we can get Windows 7?


    The money? Why pay for a new OS when you have a perfectly good and working one? The fact that it isn't out yet? Of course, you probably meant that you can download a leaked RC version of 7 which is reserved for MSDN and Technet, but not everyone at Tom's is a pirate (unlike some might think).
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    average joe , May 1, 2009 7:13 PM
    Vista SP1 was a big improvment. It made Vista what is should have been from the start. It is still slower than XP in a few things and IE 8 sux compared to IE 7. I wish they had a try it before you install it policy. Rolling back IE has always sucked. I use Opera instead. But over all I think Vista is fine. I formated my dual boot to xp a several months ago now. I dont see the big deal with Windows 7. It seems exactly the same as Vista to me. I noticed it installed faster but thats all I noticed. I haven't even logged into it in a month.
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    icedeocampo , May 20, 2009 3:23 PM
    average joeVista SP1 was a big improvment. It made Vista what is should have been from the start. It is still slower than XP in a few things and IE 8 sux compared to IE 7. I wish they had a try it before you install it policy. Rolling back IE has always sucked. I use Opera instead. But over all I think Vista is fine. I formated my dual boot to xp a several months ago now. I dont see the big deal with Windows 7. It seems exactly the same as Vista to me. I noticed it installed faster but thats all I noticed. I haven't even logged into it in a month.


    why pirate? it's a free legal download from microsoft... technet or no technet