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Vista SP2 Official - Fixes & Features Revealed

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Vista SP2 Official - Fixes & Features Revealed

No sooner are the Vista SP2 rumours out the door than Microsoft is owning up and making things official...

Consequently we now have an extensive list of the new features and patches scheduled for the troubled OS's second major update and while not overly thrilling if they can prove as beneficial to the platform as a whole compared to SP1 then we should be laughing.

Highlights include integrated Hyper-V hypervisor, Bluetooth 2.1 support, native Blu-ray burning, VIA 64bit CPU security support, Windows Connect Now (WCN) WiFi configuring, reduced sidebar resource hogging and the addition of Windows Search 4, Microsoft's latest indexer which promises improved relevancy in search, broader indexing and Group policy integration.

As I said, it isn't the most jaw dropping of lists but Microsoft does also promise a great many bug fixes, performance tweaks, better overall system optimisation and increased stability. All of which suggests that while the company hardly covered itself in glory with Vista's release it has shown the commitment to keep plugging away slowly but surely ensuring it isn't the dog it once was.

Nope, I'm unlikely to ever really sing Vista's praises (my hopes are firmly with Windows 7) but at least the hatred has gone...


via The Windows Blog


December 3, 2008, 2:10 pm

It would be a good idea to support Blu-Ray playback natively within media centre. I bet they are saving that one for Windows 7.


December 3, 2008, 2:33 pm

I still have no intention of ever installing Vista on any of my XP machines. I'll either go straight to Windows 7 or, if it's practical, simply stay with XP given that any Windows upgrade is probably going to result in reduced performance on older hardware.

Good to see the service packs keep coming, though.


December 3, 2008, 3:06 pm

there is no reason not to have vista over xp on any capable new pc

anyone who thinks otherwise - name your reasons.


December 3, 2008, 3:09 pm

But have they yet fixed the idiocy that displays in the details column of My Computer, where, next to any optical disk drives, it'll always say "CD Drive" regardless of it being DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-Ray.


December 3, 2008, 3:17 pm

"...After wrecking my computer with your Vista release, you come to me, asking me for a favour! Asking me to install your software, when i already have XP..."


December 3, 2008, 3:20 pm

Do MS think it is in their interests to make Vista as stable and efficient as XP with Windows 7 just around the corner?


December 3, 2008, 3:30 pm

I think it is in their interests as they burnt so many people with they way they handled Vista they really need to work on their PR, and releasing Service Packs is a good way to show they are committed to their OS's.


December 3, 2008, 3:33 pm

@ Steve: I reckon they've got so much money they're gonna dev their way over all the competition - SOMEONE will buy Vista when 7 is out and SOMEONE will buy 7, see it's probably crap and resort to Vista...


December 3, 2008, 4:11 pm

I've been using Vista in both 32 and 64 bit versions since it came out. I liked the concept but the in the real-world stability is more important than flash graphics. It's simply nowhere near as stable as XP and I've have to do 3 reinstalls since it came out, the latest being this week.

Vista (even 64-bit that I use daily) also is slower to boot and use, something that's constantly annoying. I also gets clogged down with rubbish very fast. I try hard to keep software installed to an absolute minimum.

A new service pack is very welcome but the additions look very weak. Far more of interest are potential fixes in there. I'll gladly install and hope it helps.

For me Windows 7 with it's cut down, efficient, back to basics approach can't come soon enough. At that point I may even buy a new PC as the i7 based systems should be faster and more affordable.


December 3, 2008, 4:26 pm

@HSC, there is no reason not to have vista over xp on any capable new pc

anyone who thinks otherwise - name your reasons.

Well I suppose it does look prettier :), Also DX10 support, I know you can with XP with some hacking, but that's not ideal.

trained KILLA

December 3, 2008, 6:10 pm

i have been using vista over a year now and since SP1 one it's all good. No issues. I had a BSOD the other day and checked the solution and came back as marvell yukon drivers pointed me to the new drivers and I installed it and all is stable again.

what can I say, it's not the dog that it once was.


December 3, 2008, 6:31 pm

Vista was always a case of superior marketing over superior technology .... let's hope this changes with the release of the new SP (and subsequent packs as well)


December 3, 2008, 9:01 pm

@ Gav66 - I think you meant to say Apple products where you put Vista, as Vista has been a complete PR nightmare for Microsoft, even though now it's just as if not more stable then your average XP machine.


December 3, 2008, 9:36 pm

It's strange that almost a year after SP1 people still bash Vista so much. Sure it's not so good on old systems, and I'd stick with XP for older machines, but for anything made in the last 2 or 3 years Vista is the way to go. Sure XP might be slightly faster, but whenever I switch back to XP these days I find it so annoying. Once you get used to Vista, you realise it is way easier to work with & find things and is way more stable and reliable. I'd forgotten how often XP crashed (or software on it crashed and hung the machine) until I had to test something the other week. With Vista you just close it down and get on with your work. While hardly as revolutionary as SP2 for XP, it sounds like this pack will continue the good work from SP1 and keep Vista as the best OS out there.

From my limited playing around with the early release of Windows 7, I'd say there's enough new features & tweaks to warrant upgrading from Vista without MS worrying that SP2 will be good enough for most people.

I think after all the mistakes with the launch of Vista MS has been getting things right at last.

andre tropiq

December 3, 2008, 10:26 pm

What is it with Vista! when I try to install any service pack - my laptop locks up and wipes my entire desk top. I feel a Mac beckoning... I'serious!


December 3, 2008, 10:43 pm

vista is the best OS ive ever used far more stable than XP and loads better OS in general. i now hate using XP as its feels a clumsy old OS now. i've also taken into account OS X and linux (ubuntu) for those who will willingly judge and follow the croud blindly and just so you know i'm not loyal to MS when a OS comes out i like better then i will move to that one.

also @Darfuria it does say what type of ODD is installed

and @Steve it is most definitely in MS interest to make vista the best OS i can be, it would be very bad for the company, and any company, if they neglected coustomers like that.


December 4, 2008, 1:09 am

"there is no reason not to have vista over xp on any capable new pc

anyone who thinks otherwise - name your reasons."

I've had a Vista PC for about 10 months. I pulled the HDD with my files on out of my old PC with XP on and it hasn't even been turned on since then. Vista hasn't really crashed..

-I had an intermittent graphics driver problem. But the screen went black for a second, Vista cleared out the driver and reloaded it, giving my a little "your graphics driver crashed" note on my task bar. Once a new driver came out it was fine again. That on XP would have been an instant blue screen... Vista has never blue screened for me.

- I watch video on my PC, and the screen or windows never tear. Which is due to the new "fancy graphics". XP was a complete pain in the ass for quick time and flash video tearing.

- Vista with UAC, which people bitch about, is MUCH more secure than XP. If you keep your wits about you and use 'no script' you could live fine without antivirus. I wouldn't trust XP that much.


December 4, 2008, 2:22 pm

@ andre tropiq: Simple. It's not Vista, it the stuff you've installed on your laptop.

@ jopey: UAC is more secure than the XP way, but it is also incredibly annoying. First thing that goes upon a new Vista install.

Other than that it's great we're getting a new SP, and particulary that MS are taking this more seriously now. I have to admit I was caught up in the Vista hype, even went out and bought the retail version of Ultimate for &#163350. Not much good that did me (where are the "Extras", MS?) and it will certainly take *a lot* to make me part with any money for a new MS OS.


December 4, 2008, 2:37 pm

I'm still bothered by a few little bugs, that occur in Vista. Like every once in a while the whole taskbar becomes unresponsive. And sometimes the Escape-key too.

And then there's the explorer, which has that navigation windows that never seems to remember the view options I'd like it to retain.

Vista is an improvement over XP in a lot of areas, but not in all, as I would have expected. I remember when I saw it for the first time and thought: Wow, the richest IT company in the world works for 5 years on an OS and THIS is it?!

andre tropiq

December 4, 2008, 6:51 pm

Misiowiec:please explain to me why my desktop hasn't crashed,because it contains the same things..? I just know you have an answer for this.... hopefully the right one.

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