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Microsoft's latest service pack will bring the ability to record Blu-Ray, numerous Wi-Fi updates, and other tweaks and bugfixes

On the tails of the release of the Windows Vista SP2 Release Candidate to the masses, only a couple weeks later Microsoft has delivered the RTM Escrow build to its Connect beta testers.  Microsoft had already released this build several days ago, reportedly, to its internal testers.

Beta testers can find the new build on Windows Update via Windows Connect.  It has been packaged with multiple install options to test, including Slipstream versions and Standalone installers.  The new build string is 6002.17043.090312-1835, so if you are a tester or have a copy you can check its authenticity against that. 

The new service pack delivers many much anticipated features, along with numerous tweaks and bug fixes which should strengthen the Vista experience.  Among the hottest additions in the new pack is the ability to record in Blu-Ray format for the first time in Windows.  Other key additions include Bluetooth v2.1 connectivity, Windows Connect Now (WCN) Wi-Fi Configuration wireless functionality, faster Wi-Fi resume times after hibernation, Windows Search 4.0, and the ability to configure the maximum number of TCP connections.

For those outside the testing community eager to get their hands on the final version of SP2, it should be available within a couple weeks, as the RTM build typically is the last step before a public release.  Stay tuned for more details.


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RE: Windows Search
By Bateluer on 3/26/2009 12:58:11 PM , Rating: 2
Okay, Windows Search never actually stops indexing. It just keeps going and going, bringing the system to a crawl.

Since I know where my data is and have it sorted and organized well, there's no need for an indexed search that brings my system to a snail's pace.


RE: Windows Search
By omnicronx on 3/26/2009 2:15:21 PM , Rating: 2
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Okay, Windows Search never actually stops indexing. It just keeps going and going, bringing the system to a crawl.
That's not how indexing works.. it should index everything you have specified and stop until you make any changes to the directories in question. It does not re-index everything either when you do so. I once set it to all drives and it took over 24 hours to complete, but after that it would not continue indexing unless you make changes, and even then it is not like it re indexes the entire drive or directory.

Perhaps you are talking about superfetch? which after boot can slow your system down until it loads everything into memory.
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Since I know where my data is and have it sorted and organized well, there's no need for an indexed search that brings my system to a snail's pace.
I don't see how this could be true, every OS whether it be Windows OSX or Linux makes use of indexing because it is faster. Indexing is not limited to searches, it will speed up general use browsing of any location that is indexed.


RE: Windows Search
By Bateluer on 3/26/2009 2:35:59 PM , Rating: 1
Windows Search may be broken then, because it also states that it is indexing and tying up CPU time. I am not referring to Superfetch. There is a delay after Vista loads while data is pushed into RAM, but its only a few moments. Windows Search slows the system down until I kill Windows Search.

Vista does its own indexing and the built in search tools are very functional. There's no need for Windows Search, aside from convincing the end user that they need to upgrade.


RE: Windows Search
By omnicronx on 3/26/2009 3:36:58 PM , Rating: 2
Buddy, you are terribly mistaken, Windows Search IS the built in indexing tool in Vista. Just go to services and look at the description.
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Provides content indexing and property caching for file, email and other content (via extensibility APIs). The service responds to file and email notifications to index modified content. If the service is stopped or disabled, the Explorer will not be able to display virtual folder views of items, and search in the Explorer will fall back to item-by-item slow search.
I am not saying you are not experiencing issues, but Windows Search is probably not to blame. This is how most of the FUD about Vista has been spread.


RE: Windows Search
By Nekrik on 3/26/2009 4:26:01 PM , Rating: 2
apologies if I missed this elsewhere in the thread, but why don't you go into the indexing options and turn it off for drives/directories you don't need indexed. If you have a download directory, or some similar depository where you keep fairly large files (I'm thinking about videos, ISOs, files typically >300MBs), I would try ommitting them from being indexed. Not sure this will fix your issues but it can't really hurt.


RE: Windows Search
By Kary on 3/26/2009 4:40:01 PM , Rating: 2
Windows Search 4 seems to fix most of the problems with Search..in Vista..yeh, turning it off seemed the best option to me, too (I'm running Windows 7 and it uses Search 4 and I haven't had a problem).

High CPU usage at random times (while I'm running games...very annoying) to index goodness only knows what (I don't store files in My Documents..I have to many other drives for that)


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