Microsoft's Windows Vista has officially entered its Service Pack 2 (SP2) phase, with the release of the second service pack for the operating system to the public. Windows Vista SP2 -- beta and release candidate versions have been tested over past months -- brings many security and bug fixes, as well as some performance improvements. Among the most significant performance improvements are the inclusion of Bluetooth v2.1 and Blu-ray recording.
Accompanying the Vista pack is a Server 2008 SP2 release. The two SP2 updates are available together in a standalone installer. The installer is available in 32-bit and 64-bit varieties.
Some looking to install the new service pack may encounter an unpleasant issue. The tool vLite, used to create leaner installs of Windows Vista, inadvertently removed files need for the SP2 install. For vLite users, Microsoft has posted a workaround to help them get the service pack up and running.
Windows Vista SP2 and Server 2008 SP2 should be posted on Windows Update within a couple weeks. The new service packs are good news for late adopters, like the U.S. Army, as they should help to bring the security and improved functionality of an established release, much like Windows XP's service packs did.