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Previously said to be delayed, the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 seems to making its deadlines as its RC (release candidate) version has now been started to be made available to Microsoft Connect testers. If the schedule remains undisturbed this will see SP2 reach RTM (release to manufacturing) in April and be delivered to the public quickly afterwards.

As previously revealed by Microsoft, the Vista Service Pack 2 features:

- Windows Search 4.0 - Also used by Office Outlook 2007 and Office OneNote 2007, Windows Search 4.0 builds on Microsoft's search technology with improved indexing and search relevance
- Improves Windows Media Center (WMC) in Content protection for TV.
- 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.
- Adds new capabilities to Direct X Graphic display reliability. The graphics experience has been greatly improved for users, such as gamers, running applications that require a lot of graphics processing.
- Includes updates to the RSS feeds sidebar with improved performance and responsiveness.
- Improves audio and video performance for streaming high definition content.
- Includes ability to record data to Blu-Ray media.
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Adds new capabilities to Direct X Graphic display reliability. The graphics experience has been greatly improved for users, such as gamers, running applications that require a lot of graphics processing.
Definitely interested in this! Has anyone downloaded SP2 RC and checked it out? I'd like to hear if this is true or not.
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- Adds new capabilities to Direct X Graphic display reliability. The graphics experience has been greatly improved for users, such as gamers, running applications that require a lot of graphics processing.
- Includes updates to the RSS feeds sidebar with improved performance and responsiveness.
- Improves audio and video performance for streaming high definition content.
This sounds good to m, almost too good to be true

Need to get my hands on this RC when I get home after work.
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meh. this isn't going to be as fundamentally useful as XP SP2 was, will it? i say that judging by the features
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- Improves Windows Media Center (WMC) in Content protection for TV.
"Improves" for whom? Improvements for end users and improvements for the content providers are generally mutually exclusive in this context. And after what I read here about the, ahem, "improved" DRM in Windows 7, I have to suspect they're not "improving" DRM in Vista SP2 in the consumers' favor.

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meh. this isn't going to be as fundamentally useful as XP SP2 was, will it? i say that judging by the features
Well no, of course not. XP SP2 is often regarded as way more than a service pack, it made enough underlying changes that it could have been released as a full-blown upgrade.
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Isn't this supposed to include ClearQAM stuff for Media center?
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The earlier release of Vista SP2 has been on my PC for a while now, it's actually quite good. I got a windows update with a SP2 uninstaller to prepare for a newer release, I'll have to run that tonight and see if the RC is available now....
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the windows search is just total crap... why even implement that into sp2? ms has loads of ******* working for them..
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post #9 of 11
Is this just all microsoft "here you goes" tools I probably won't use, or does this thing include any noticeable performance tweaks? SP1 was great for gaming, but SP2 seems to be focusing on other issues and I might pass up on this update.
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I noticed a dramatic decrease in shut down and start up times with SP2 beta.
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