Microsoft Releases Windows Vista Service Pack 2By: Arie Slob
This week Microsoft announced that it has released Vista Service Pack 2 (SP2) for download.
You can download Vista SP2 directly from Microsoft's Web site or wait for it to be automatically delivered to your Vista system via Windows Update within the next few weeks. Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) is a prerequisite for installing SP2 in Windows Vista. If you use Windows Update or the Automatic Update feature in Windows Vista, you will not be offered the option to install SP2 until you first install SP1.
Besides just "repackaging" all updates released since SP1, SP2 packs a few new or updated features:
- Native support for Blu-ray burning
- Bluetooth 2.1 Feature Pack
- Windows Search 4.0
- Windows Connect Now (WCN) to simplify Wi-Fi Configuration
- Wi-Fi connection performance updates (faster re-connect after resuming from sleep mode)
- Support for new 64-bit CPUs from VIA Technologies
- Increases in power management efficiency (reportedly by around 10 percent)
- Release Notes for Windows Vista with Service Pack 2
- Five Language Standalone - 32-bit (English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish)
- Five Language Standalone - 64-bit (English, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish)
- All Language Standalone - 32-bit
- All Language Standalone - 64-bit
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