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On Friday, Microsoft announced widespread availability of the Windows Vista Service Pack 2 beta through its Customer Preview Program ahead of its official release in the first half of next year. According to the latest rumours, the release candidate for Service Pack 2 will be available in February 2009 and then the final version will be rolled out at some point in April.

While Service Pack 2 will no doubt be less of a required update than Service Pack 1 was, Microsoft's Mike Nash has said that the Windows Vista development team is committed to continually improving the operating system and, as a result, there is support for some new features:
  • 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.
  • Adds Windows Search 4.0, which builds on Microsoft’s search technology with improved indexing and search relevance. It also helps find and preview documents, e-mail messages, music files, photos, and other items on the computer. The search engine in Windows Search 4.0 is a Microsoft Windows service that is also used by programs such as Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 and Microsoft Office OneNote 2007.
  • 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.
  • Adds new capabilities to DirectX Graphic display reliability. The graphics experience has been greatly improved for users, such as gamers, running applications that require a lot of graphics processing.
  • Provides an improved power management policy that is up to ten percent 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.
  • Enables the exFAT file system to support UTC timestamps, which enables files to be synchronised across time zones (more useful for Server 2008 than Vista).
  • Improves audio and video performance for streaming high definition content.
  • Includes ability to record data to Blu-ray media.

The list above is a selection of what we believe are the most important changes on Microsoft's Windows Vista Service Pack 2 Notable Changes List.

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Edited by Miki - 12/12/08 at 11:09pm
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Windows Vista SP2 a.k.a Windows 7.
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Windows Vista SP2 a.k.a Windows 7.
Would be nice though, wouldn't it?
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"Adds new capabilities to DirectX Graphic display reliability. The graphics experience has been greatly improved for users, such as gamers, running applications that require a lot of graphics processing."

I wish. It performs the same and is no more stable then before, of course I've only had stability issues in CoD4, and WaW. Constant freezing in those games.....
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"Adds new capabilities to DirectX Graphic display reliability. The graphics experience has been greatly improved for users, such as gamers, running applications that require a lot of graphics processing."

I wish. It performs the same and is no more stable then before, of course I've only had stability issues in CoD4, and WaW. Constant freezing in those games.....
Yeah it's like that for me in FC2... I am going to download this tonight and maybe install it tomorrow.
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Windows Vista SP2 a.k.a Windows 7.
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Would be nice though, wouldn't it?
It would be but it's not.

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the only thing that changed for me is this annoying watermark on the desktop, ill wait for 7 beta 1
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"Adds new capabilities to DirectX Graphic display reliability. The graphics experience has been greatly improved for users, such as gamers, running applications that require a lot of graphics processing."

I wish. It performs the same and is no more stable then before, of course I've only had stability issues in CoD4, and WaW. Constant freezing in those games.....
me too, except i get BSODs after the first 45 mins of playthrough. it bugs the hell out of me
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It would be but it's not.

How come you have 4GB of Ram on vista 32 bit? I thought 32bit versions supports less..
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3325MB available in task manager
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System runs smoother with 4GB plus DDR2 is cheap now
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