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Vista SP2 RC Released For Public Testing

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Vista SP2 RC Released For Public Testing

With Vista fast becoming the red headed stepchild sandwiched between Aryan super kids XP and Windows 7, it's time for the OS to fight back...

Vista Service Pack 2 should help in this area and with the first public Release Candidate now launching it should help further stabilise the lambasted OS which admittedly has grown in stature since its reputation breaking debut.

Referenced as built '6002.16670.090130', the SP2 RC will be available in English, Spanish, German, French and Japanese language versions and contains a whopping 691 hotfixes as well as reports of major performance improvements. Highlights include:

  • 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.

  • Integration of the Windows Vista Feature Pack for Wireless, which contains support for Bluetooth v2.1 and Windows Connect Now (WCN) Wi-Fi Configuration.

  • Native Blu-ray disc recording

  • Windows Search 4.0 with improved indexing and search relevance.

  • Enhanced Windows Media Center content protection

  • Greater maximum number of open TCP connections to boost app compatibility
Testers will need to be running Vista SP1 for the installation to work.

In related news Aforementioned precocious upstart Windows 7 has refused to let Vista have even this moment alone in the sun as rumours are spreading like wildfire that its own Release Candidate will be coming on 10 April. Of course this is Microsoft so anything could happen between now and then but it does suggest a positive timeframe...

Link:

Vista SP2 RC via neowin

Windows 7 RC via ars technica

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Ohmz

February 23, 2009, 5:15 am

The sooner this gets out the better, I've nothing but problems with my machine. Display driver keeps crashing, windows explorer keeps crashing, PC freezes a few times a week, BSOD every so often. And a bunch of other things I can't/don't want to remember.





Windows 7 is our only hope!!!

Jag

February 23, 2009, 12:19 pm

Are there any performance improvements planned with SP2 or is it just a feature and bug-fix package?


The only annoyance I have with Vista is how it likes to munch through all of my memory so despite having 2GB (which realistically should be more than enough) I tend to have to keep an eye on how much free RAM I have when running multiple applications. So, as you can imagine, I'd love for them to reduce the memory usage in Vista but I fear I'll be waiting for Win7 then...

Hamish Campbell

February 23, 2009, 12:43 pm

I a member of the red-pube clan I took great offense to the nature of the sibling comparison. And due to the fiery nature that my genetic mutation has instilled in me I have smashed up my work and colleagues, and next the ginger-ninja is coming for you!!

Greg17b

February 23, 2009, 1:32 pm

@Jag - you might have a wait then, as Win 7 will happily eat up your RAM too. It isn't a waste though - it is being used.

Jag

February 23, 2009, 2:02 pm

@Greg: Thought so, but from what I've experienced with the Win7 beta, it seems to use a few hundred megs less memory which is why I've been able to run it pretty well on an old laptop.

Steve

February 23, 2009, 2:47 pm

@Ohmz, that doesn't sound like a Vista-specific problem. Did your machine come with Vista pre-installed or was it an upgrade? Sounds like you might want to update your drivers to the latest version too.





What do the logs say? They must be able to give some clue as to why you get BS's.





Windows 7 isn't your only hope. You can't go wrong with a Mac...

Jag

February 23, 2009, 5:25 pm

You can... :P

Ohmz

February 23, 2009, 6:47 pm

@ Steve, came pre-installed with Vista Business 32 bit. Wish I could install more RAM, got 2GB, I have the same issue as Jag too.





Mac looks really tempting, although I have a Zune and will need to run Windows for school as well.

dev

February 23, 2009, 9:53 pm

@jag


vista uses your spare ram to preload your favourite apps into ram so they load quicker. Ram is considerably faster for access than your HD so in theory (and imho in practice) commonly used applications load faster.





I mean honestly, ram that is sitting idle is doing nothing...you may as well use it for something productive like Prefetch. I would suggest optimising your page-file and running a full defragmentation, if you are having problems.





2gb is plenty for your average user. I can run two windows of opera with 20 open pages (eats ram), three word 2007, two excel, powerpoint (munches ram like cookies), two windows of GIMP, live messenger, itunes (one of the most ludicrously ram-hungry programs i have ever used), neuview media player...across 2 virtual windows...For the record i also run a q6600 and a crappy &#16330 vid card.





Vista isn't that terrible, a lot of the early problems are due to poorly coded third party code...graphics and sound drivers being a case-in-point! Ohmz, i would re-install with a SP1 version of vista and see what happens.



rav

February 23, 2009, 11:01 pm

More than happy with Vista myself. It is a resource hog but my hardware's beefy enough so its a non issue.





Saying that Vista runs like a dog on my Thinkpad x60 while Win 7 is smooth.

Nomad

February 23, 2009, 11:55 pm

My parent's pc that came pre-installed with Vista was rather bad and liked to freeze much to their annoyance. I did a fresh install for them and it runs fine now even on with 2GB RAM, and have not heard a complaint since. I don't trust what manufacturers actually "pre-install" :/





I don't get why Win7 gets so much praise to be honest. The huge gulf suggested between the "rubbish" Vista and Win7 is utter tosh to be honest. It is going to be an improvement over Vista no doubt, but not such an awe inspiring one that has been made out. The beta currently languishes untouched in weeks on a separate partition of my pc and I wont be rushing out to buy it when it is finally released either. I will get it at some point when it is worth the transition from Vista.





SP2 will probably just be a cumulative batch of patches already released with a few new ones. It's welcomed but disappointing when some of the tweaks that are in Win7 could be easily implemented in a Vista SP, but alas wont be. Maybe MS will surprise me.

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