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Vista Service Pack 2

Post by shanaya on February 27th 2009, 7:24 pm

Vista SP2 Expected In April - What's New?

They shipped the Release Candidate this week and this is a normal service pack, unlike Vista SP1. The new Vista SP2 grabs all the hotfixes and other updates since SP1, which means you need to deploy SP1 before SP2. It's also a shared release between Vista and W2K8 Server. Do not get confused though, the actual Service Pack code is the same, however for Vista it's SP2 but for W2K8 it's SP1 as Redmond has at last been able to align the client and server OSen. Vista SP2 does have a few functional updates and here are a few of the highlights, starting with one I like a lot: compcln

Compcln is a service pack clean-up tool that kills older versions of the Service Packs and RTM that SP2 replaces. I'm sure that this tool can save you a lot of disk space, but think about using it to reduce the size of future install images. Other highlights:

* Power management improvements (10% more efficient than before)
* Windows Search 4.0 with enhanced Group Policy support and more
* Wi-Fi is simplified, as SP2 now has the new Windows Connect Now code
* Native Blu-ray data disc writing
* Extended FAT overcomes 4GB file size and folder content limits

Some of the SP2 changes are only for W2K8, as Hyper-V 1.0 is included with one free guest OS installation in its pocket for the Standard Edition and more OS guests included with the more expensive flavors. You get all-you-can-eat with the Datacenter version. Oh, and Win7 might even ship coming September!
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Re: Vista Service Pack 2

Post by Carl D on April 7th 2009, 8:41 pm

Shouldn't be long now, I hope.

When SP2 arrives, I intend to do a clean install on my Acer laptop. I've downloaded all the latest drivers the other day.

I'm hoping I'll be able to make a new Vista DVD with SP1 and SP2 included to do the clean install like I managed to do with SP1 last year. Cool

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Re: Vista Service Pack 2

Post by shanaya on April 7th 2009, 8:54 pm

I am putting an order in for one, Carl. Laughing
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Re: Vista Service Pack 2

Post by irishgodfather1 on April 7th 2009, 10:41 pm

shanaya wrote:I am putting an order in for one, Carl. Laughing
Where can you order it shanaya?
I didn't see a link in the post.
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Re: Vista Service Pack 2

Post by shanaya on April 7th 2009, 10:45 pm

Oh, that was for Carl to send me a copy. Laughing
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Re: Vista Service Pack 2

Post by irishgodfather1 on April 7th 2009, 11:00 pm

Ok. Thanks.
I was thinking with all the computers I have to do it would be easier that way.
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Re: Vista Service Pack 2

Post by shanaya on April 7th 2009, 11:05 pm

irishgodfather1 wrote:Ok. Thanks.
I was thinking with all the computers I have to do it would be easier that way.

well, if Carl sent you one that would pay for his internet tax. Fair is fair! Very Happy
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Re: Vista Service Pack 2

Post by irishgodfather1 on April 7th 2009, 11:11 pm

shanaya wrote:
irishgodfather1 wrote:Ok. Thanks.
I was thinking with all the computers I have to do it would be easier that way.

well, if Carl sent you one that would pay for his internet tax. Fair is fair! Very Happy
Sure. I have a couple of hundred in monopoly money set aside for just such a thing. Twisted Evil
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Re: Vista Service Pack 2

Post by Carl D on April 8th 2009, 7:33 am

I thought my ears were burning while I was out today... Laughing Razz

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