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ED#107 : Latest Details On Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Rev. 2.2
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ED#107 : Latest Details On Windows Vista Service Pack 2

Just one day after our confidential source revealed the scheduled dates for the release of Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista, we have details of what's really part of the new Service Pack 2 and how it will be released. Let's take a look!

 

What Is Service Pack 2?

Service Pack 2 is a single service pack which will update both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 products. In addition to previously released updates, it will include support for new types of hardware and several emerging standards.

 

What's New In Windows Vista SP2?

  • 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.
  • New! Adds support for new 64-bit CPUs from VIA Technologies.
  • New! Improves performance for Wi-Fi connection after resuming from sleep mode.
  • New! Adds new capabilities to DirectX, and increasing reliability. The graphics experience will be greatly improved for gamers.
  • New! Improves audio and video performance for streaming high-definition content.
  • New! Improves Windows Media Center (WMC) in content protection for TV.

 

What's New In Windows Server 2008 SP2?

  • Adds Microsoft® Hyper-V™ Server release to manufacturing (RTM). New! Windows Server 2008 Standard will come with 1 free daughter OS, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise will come with 4 free licenses and Windows Server 2008 Datacenter will come with an unlimited number of free licenses.
  • Power profile changes yielded a 10% improvement in efficiency, and includes the ability to manage these settings via Group Policy.
  • New! Improves backward compatibility for Terminal Server license keys. Windows Server 2008 changed the licensing key from 512 bytes to 2,048 bytes which caused cliens using older Terminal versions to fail. SP2 allows legacy license keys on Citrix applications to work with Windows Server 2008 Terminal Server.

 

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Introduction
What Is Service Pack 2?
What's New In Windows Vista SP2?
What's New In Windows Server 2008 SP2?

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Application Compatibility Improvements
Setup & Deployment Improvements
Service Pack 2 Size

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Setup Prerequisites
When Can We Expect SP2 To RTM?
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