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.
quote: With Vista SP2, perhaps someone can write about SP2's speed and compatibility. Is Vista SP2 now faster and more compatible than SP1??
quote: The second Microsoft blocked vLite or other lean install software, there'd be a cr@pstorm of bad publicity levelled on Microsoft's "controlling tactics".
quote: I don't get it, if people are okay with Apple's controlling tactics, why would they be upset about the same from MS?
quote: Apple, by contrast, won’t even let you install their OS on anything but their proprietary hardware
quote: it allows the company to charge way more than a product is actually worth
quote: it makes software appear more stable, secure, and compatible then it actually is
quote: I'm fine out here with the poor folk
quote: they are TRYING to differentiate themselves from the PC using marketing alone
quote: Premium brand, phfft!
quote: I can build a system that’s just as capable as any Mac on half the budget then why buy a Mac?
quote: there’s not one thing that it can do which Windows can’t, not ONE
quote: I will say that as far as I’m concerned Mac’s aren’t worth what they charge for them
quote: the only reason I don’t have OSX running on something is because it’s a closed proprietary system
quote: I might have it on something if it were opened up to hardware beyond Mac
quote: Because you can't build a Mac Book or iMac. You can only buy it from Apple.
quote: Stop lying and try to run FinalCut Pro or Aperture on Windows. Good luck son :P
quote: Love double standards much? Windows is even more closed and proprietary, why are you using it then, eh? ;)
quote: What's not good enough in Mac hardware that you want to use your own hardware instead? Just the price? Or...??
quote: Limiting the subset of the hardware available for your OS is not necessarily the bad thing, it has its advantages too.
quote: OSX is not a better OS than Windows
quote: vista x64 sp1 was pretty much rock solid stable for me (no bsod or crashes in over a year)
quote: Creative and Nvidia along with a number of OEMs hold greater responsibility for Vista's reputation than Microsoft ever could
quote: Programming is art, and art is done when it's done
quote: Programming is art, and art is done when it's done.