Posted on May 26, 2009,

Vista Service Pack 2 Details and Schedule Confirmed

0834_vista_sp2_rc_date_bigThe latest details and version release dates for Windows Vista Service Pack 2 are up on Tech ARP. The latest patch for the troubled Vista OS also applies to Windows Server 2008 bringing it up to Release 2. Microsoft is rushing SP2 out in hopes that consumers will buy Vista rather than waiting for the imminent Windows 7 release.

Personally I don’t have too much trouble with Vista. Once it’s lobotomized, it’s really not all that bad. Of course you’ll want to be extra vigilant with your spyware, adware, and virus programs, but I guess that’s the price you pay for the right to admin your own system.

According to Tech ARP, the wave 0 version of SP2 goes out to the web today. Wave 1 will be released to manufacturing mid June according to the current schedule. Windows 7 will be out before we’ll see Vista SP2. These are some of the features integrated into the pack:

  • Adds Windows Search 4.0 for faster and improved relevancy in searches.
  • Contains the Bluetooth® 2.1 Feature Pack supporting the most recent specification for Bluetooth Technology.
  • Ability to record data on to Blu-Ray™ media natively in Windows Vista.
  • Adds Windows Connect Now (WCN) to simplify Wi-Fi Configuration.
  • Enables the exFAT file system to support Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) timestamps, which allows correct file synchronization across time zones.
  • Adds support for new 64-bit CPUs from VIA Technologies.
  • Improves performance for Wi-Fi connection after resuming from sleep mode.
  • Adds new capabilities to DirectX, and increasing reliability. The graphics experience will be greatly improved for gamers.
  • Improves audio and video performance for streaming high-definition content.
  • Improves Windows Media Center (WMC) in content protection for TV.

If you’re interested in making your own Vista OS more user friendly, check out this TweakGuide Tweaking Companion for Windows Vista.

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2 Comments on Vista Service Pack 2 Details and Schedule Confirmed

Stephen

On May 26, 2009 at 9:39 pm

I wonder if there is anything in this service pack that will help older PC games play correctly.

Eva

On May 27, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Microsoft has a program called Virtual PC that will be incorporated into Windows 7. It’s an emulator that will allow you to run PC games under older versions of Windows. You can check it out at http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/default.aspx

Until then try Virtual PC 2007. Be aware that it has a rep for not working well with SP1. Here’s the link:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=04D26402-3199-48A3-AFA2-2DC0B40A73B6&displaylang=en