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Old 04-12-2008, 12:58 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Windows Vista/2008 SP2 Beta released

Fellow Technet subscribers will be happy to hear you can now get your grubby hands on Service Pack 2 for Vista and Windows 2008 http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/win...ogram-cpp.aspx

Setup prerequisites

There are only two prerequisites for installing SP2:
  • The first prerequisite is that your operating system, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Vista, has Service Pack 1 installed. (Note: Windows Server 2008 shipped with Service Pack 1 built in).
  • The second prerequisite is an update to the servicing stack (described in knowledge base article 955430), which is the component that handles installation and removal of software updates, language packs, and optional windows features. This update is necessary to successfully install and uninstall the service pack; it also improves the performance and reliability of the service pack installation. This update may require reboot and is part of the standalone update package. It will be offered as a separate package on Windows Update.
In addition to previously released updates since the launch of Windows Vista SP1, Windows Vista SP2 contains changes focused on supporting new types of hardware and adding support for several emerging standards:
  • Windows Vista SP2 adds Windows Search 4.0 for faster and improved relevancy in searches.
  • Windows Vista SP2 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.
  • Windows Vista SP2 enables the exFAT file system to support UTC timestamps, which allows correct file synchronization across time zones.
Application compatibility improvements

Thanks to the rich instrumentation capability of Windows operating systems, we are able to understand the types of issues that our customers experience while respecting their personal information and privacy preferences. We use this information to focus improvements in Windows, but we also share this information with our software vendor partners to help improve the reliability and compatibility of non-Microsoft applications. For example, in Windows Vista SP2, Spysweeper and ZoneAlarm, now work with POP3 e-mail accounts.

Our goal for Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 is that applications that are written by using public APIs and that run on the Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008 operating systems will continue to work as designed.

Microsoft has already released several application compatibility updates which allow more applications to work seamlessly for the end user. These appear in Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2, but they are also available through Windows Update. Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 contain additional application compatibility fixes for individual applications.

For more information about previously released compatibility updates, refer to article 947562 in the Microsoft Knowledge Base http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=128900.

Hardware ecosystem support and enhancements
  • Adds support for the 64-bit central processing unit (CPU) from VIA Technologies, which adds the ID and vendor strings for the new VIA 64-bit CPU.
  • Integrates the Windows Vista Feature Pack for Wireless, which contains support for Bluetooth v2.1. Bluetooth v2.1 is the most recent specification for Bluetooth wireless technology and Windows Connect Now (WCN) Wi-Fi Configuration.
  • Improves performance for Wi-Fi connection after resuming from sleep mode.
  • Includes updates to the RSS feeds sidebar with improved performance and responsiveness.
  • Adds support for exFAT, a file system that supports larger overall capacity and the larger files that are used in Flash memory storage and consumer devices.

Enterprise improvements
  • Provides the Hyper-V virtualization environment as a fully integrated feature of Windows Server 2008, including 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.
  • Provides an improved power management policy that is up to 10% more efficient than the original in some configurations (both on the server and the desktop), and includes the ability to manage these settings via Group Policy.
  • Improves backwards compatibility for Terminal server license keys. Windows Server 2008 changed the licensing key from 512 bytes to 2,048 bytes which caused clients using older Terminal versions to fail. SP2 allows legacy license keys on Citrix applications to work with Windows Server 2008 Terminal server.

Setup and deployment improvements

The SP2 standalone installer:
  • Provides a single installer for both Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
  • Includes the ability to detect an incompatible driver and block service pack installation or warn users of any potential loss of functionality.
  • Provides better error handling and descriptive error messages where possible.
  • Improves manageability through logging in the system event log.
  • Provides a secure install experience.
  • Includes the ability to service the installer post release.

SP2 also includes a Service Pack Clean-up tool (Compcln.exe) which helps restore the hard disk space by permanently deleting the previous versions of the files (RTM and SP1) that are being serviced by SP2. The Pack Clean up tool can also be run offline while creating slipstream images to reduce the size of the image.

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Old 04-12-2008, 06:29 PM   #2
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Hmmm, think I'll wait untill it becomes official. Don't like playing with beta SP's. Besides, SP1 has made x86 Vista fine for the time being.
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Old 04-12-2008, 10:33 PM   #3
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I'll see if vLite works with SP2, then will try it. Already downloaded Vista 64bit SP2 beta from my Technet subscription ~3.6GB in size - need to slim it down
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