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Get the latest Vista update while its steaming hot

With the impending release of Windows 7 next year, Windows Vista SP2 seems set to launch next summer with its developers rushing to incorporate the many fixes and upgrades they had planned in time.  The release appears to be moving along on schedule, with the first beta set to make its public debut tomorrow.

Previously, Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 was only available to select partners -- "Technology Adoption Program" customers.  Today it is free to download to any MSDN or TechNet subscribers, and it goes live for the general public tomorrow through the Customer Preview Program (CPP).

Microsoft describes:

The CPP is intended for technology enthusiasts, developers, and IT Pros who would like to test Service Pack 2 in their environments and with their applications prior to final release. For most customers, our best advice would be to wait until the final release prior to installing this service pack.

For those of you who choose to test this service pack, we encourage you to install the beta as soon as you can; your feedback will help us to ship a solid and stable service pack for Windows Vista.

As with previous service packs, SP2 bundles Windows Updates released since SP1 into a single source.  It also adds support for key new standards.  One update is Windows Search 4.0 which should provide faster searches and improved relevancy in results.  The update will also ensure that Vista and Server 2008 are compatible with the latest Bluetooth tech, via the Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack.  Native recording to Blu-Ray on Vista is also now supported at last.

A new utility called Windows Connect Now (WCN) is also added to help users set up wireless networks more easily.  In order to synchronize files across time zones, Microsoft also adds exFAT file system to support UTC timestamps.

Many other minor features are also featured in the new service pack.  Overall Microsoft hopes that it makes Windows Vista and Server 2008 use a bit easier and more intuitive, while fixing outstanding issues.

Head on over to TechNet tomorrow if you want to download SP2 as part of the Customer Preview Program.



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RE: I'm not installing it
By jlanders646 on 12/3/2008 11:51:37 AM , Rating: 3
Honestly any DECENT computer person has some type of backup system in place so that if it didn't work out they way you expected it to, you could go back. I personally LOVE acronis.


RE: I'm not installing it
By omnicronx on 12/3/2008 12:35:34 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention every beta service pack I have ever used forces you to make a restore point on install.


RE: I'm not installing it
By FaceMaster on 12/3/2008 12:41:29 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
I personally LOVE acronis


That is SOOO gay.


RE: I'm not installing it
By kkwst2 on 12/3/2008 1:26:30 PM , Rating: 2
Blanket statements are almost always wrong. Guess it depends on what you mean by a "computer person".

I have one system that I do important stuff on that I am a little more careful with, but even that one I don't back up the system regularly. My gaming system I never back up the install. All my important data goes on a separate hard drive that is archived in a couple different ways, but I'm not that careful with my OS installation. Yeah, I'd lose a couple days if it went down, but that's only happened to me once and that was when I was ignorant enough to install a ME upgrade. I would spend way more time backing it up thatn I would save.

Rebuilding the OS is just not that huge of a deal to me. Now data, that's irreplaceable and if it's important needs to be backed up.


RE: I'm not installing it
By Parhel on 12/3/2008 5:06:17 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
Rebuilding the OS is just not that huge of a deal to me.


I actually enjoy reinstalling my OS. Sad, isn't it?


RE: I'm not installing it
By threepac3 on 12/3/2008 8:27:09 PM , Rating: 2
Very good software indeed... I use it to be make periodic updates as well.


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