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Feel free to check out its latest service pack, everyone is a VIP now, says Microsoft

DailyTech reported a couple weeks back on Microsoft's release of its Windows Vista and Server 2008 Service Pack 2's Release Candidate.  The SP2 RC was only available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers.  Not wanting to leave the general public out of the testing process, Microsoft has at last announced the availability of the SP2 RC to the masses.

The service pack brings a number of changes and bug fixes to Windows Vista.  It provides support for VIA's new 64-bit CPU, Bluetooth v2.1, Windows Connect Now (WCN) Wi-Fi Configuration wireless functionality, faster Wi-Fi resume times after hibernation, and most significantly the ability to record Blu-ray.

It also features a number of software/connectivity improvements, including faster RSS feeds in the sidebar, Windows Search 4.0, the ability to configure the maximum number of TCP connections.

The service pack is also for Windows Server 2008, and offers the Hyper-V virtualization environment as a free fully integrated feature, with one free daughter OS with Windows Server 2008 Standard, four free licenses with Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, and an unlimited number of free licenses with Windows Server 2008 Datacenter.  It also improves the management options in Windows Server 2008 and fixes some licensing key problems.


To top it off, the service pack bundles into a single package numerous bug fixes that Microsoft has been working on over the past several months and slowly releasing over Windows Update.  Altogether, SP2 should help to make Windows Vista and Server 2008 more solid platforms, with many small improvements.

Testing is critical to the service packs success.  Microsoft has been burned by past SP releases, which at times caused extreme errors like machine resetting.  The company is looking to give this one a thorough public testing and resolve any issues before deeming it complete.

For those wanting to grab the new SP2 RC, you can download it here.  You will have to uninstall the beta of SP2, if you have it currently installed.



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RE: im confused
By omnicronx on 3/5/2009 11:16:26 AM , Rating: 2
And Windows 95SP 2.5 = Windows 98 and Windows 98SE + Windows NT = Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 sp3 = Window XP and windows XP sp2 = Vista and Vista XP2 = Windows 7.

So really Windows 95 = Windows 7


RE: im confused
By docmilo on 3/5/2009 12:41:53 PM , Rating: 2
Hmm... Windows 3(.1,) Win95 = Win4, Win98 = Win5, WinXP = Win6, WinVista should = Win 7 so this is really just Vista like WinMe was really Win98.


RE: im confused
By Drexial on 3/5/2009 12:54:33 PM , Rating: 2
Vista development was started after windows seven and it was released before. The time line doesn't really work when trying to do the number scheme. Vista is actually based on 7, rather than vise versa like it would be assumed. In development time line terms Vista would actually be 8....


RE: im confused
By Spivonious on 3/5/2009 1:05:42 PM , Rating: 2
Please stop talking before someone believes you.


RE: im confused
By Drexial on 3/5/2009 3:54:46 PM , Rating: 2
Its true....

Longhorn became Vista
Blackcomb became Windows 7

Blackcomb was started then longhorn was started to be a minor release to fill the gap between XP and Blackcomb set for release in 2003. Blackcomb would then be released
later with more full features. But then more of the same work was going into Longhorn that was intended for Blackcomb, then it all went to hell when XP was pounded on with security problems and the project got sidelined. Eventually they went back to work and Longhorn became vista and Blackcomb became Vienna and now Windows 7.

Vista was to get something on the market while they refined what will later be released as Windows 7.

basically they planned for the future, realized they needed something for the present and then went back to focusing on the future. Which will soon be the present.


RE: im confused
By TomZ on 3/5/2009 1:24:59 PM , Rating: 2
It's all semantics, but the fact of the matter is that Windows 7 is based on the common Vista/Server 2008 codebase. After all, "7" is whatever Microsoft decides to call it.

And by the way, I really hope Microsoft bumps the version number for Windows 7 to 7.0.xxxx. It would be kind of confusing if they don't, and it would kind of defeat the purpose of calling it "Windows 7" if the actual version number is 6.x.


RE: im confused
By Spivonious on 3/5/2009 1:04:47 PM , Rating: 2
The versioning goes Windows 95(4), Windows 98 (4.1), Windows 2000 (5), Windows XP (5.1), Vista(6), Windows 7 (6.1).


RE: im confused
By InsaneScientist on 3/9/2009 1:42:26 AM , Rating: 2
All of your version numbers are right, but it doesn't actually go from 98 to 2000, though it appears that it ought to at first glance.

Windows 95/98 were based on the original versions of Windows with the sequence looking like this:
Windows 1.0, 2.x, 3.x, 4.0 (95), 4.1 (98), and 4.9 (ME)
After that the codebase was abandoned.

XP, Vista, and 7 are built on the NT codebase, the sequence for which is:
3.1, 3.5, 4.0, 5.0 (2000), 5.1 (XP), 5.2 (2003/XP x64/WHS), 6.0 (Vista, 2008), 6.1 (Windows 7)


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