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Vista SP2 Release Candidate Hits Developers

Gordon Kelly


Vista SP2 Release Candidate Hits Developers

In my blissful few weeks with Windows 7 Beta I'd rather forgotten that there was anything between it and XP - then this killed my dream...

Following on from the official announcement of Vista Service Pack 2 in December has now come news that the first Release Candidate (RC) is hitting developers this week. This means the release has been slightly brought forward - a remarkable feat for Microsoft in itself and is even followed by a bold roadmap claim that it will be Released to Manufacturing (RTM) in April and potentially available to users sometime in Q2.

The report claims the 'language waves' approach adopted from the previous SP3 and SP1 releases for XP and Vista respectively will again be utilised with the first batch available in English, German, Japanese, French and Spanish. The second will add to that Chinese, Korean and Brazilian Portuguese (but not Portuguese Portuguese?).

To recap, SP2 is more of an optimise and fix package than a feature-fest but highlights include: integrated Hyper-V hypervisor, Bluetooth 2.1 support, native Blu-ray burning and VIA 64bit CPU security support. On top of this Windows Connect Now (WCN) WiFi configuring, reduced sidebar resource hogging and indexer Windows Search 4 will also be in there.

So that's that. Back to Gordon World.

You what? There was an OS between Windows XP and Windows 7 beta...?


via Tech ARP


February 2, 2009, 6:59 am

Oh I wish I could forget Vista, but it's staring me in the face right now! Why so blue? Oh wait...


February 2, 2009, 3:15 pm

Seriously, what is so wrong with Vista. I built my own new PC and upgraded from XP and i think Vista is great, and have never crashed once. And i have the 64bit version (as all of them should be imo).


February 2, 2009, 4:19 pm

I'm with Simon, I really like Vista - in fact I started off dual booting XP and Vista on my 5 year old mid-range-then computer to try it out and ended up deleting the XP partition!

Even on that crappy old 32-bit Sempron it was easier to use, if slightly slower! My brand new i7 rig now has no problems, not a single crash and less than a minute boot time!

I think it's all about the state of mind of the user. If you boot Vista after reading all the RETARDED comments on the internet saying how it's rubbish and full of DRM (seriously WHAT DRM IS VISTA FULL OF?) and thinking "this is crap, worst mistake since ME" then you're going to pick holes in everything and think it's rubbish. If, however, you boot vista after reading all the reviews from proper review sites, like TR, then you'll realise that M$ have done a lot of good things for it, some things are easier to do with Vista and it's a lot more stable. My girlfriend hates Vista, but I love it.


February 2, 2009, 4:56 pm

A proper review site which states in the item summary "Not long now until Vista once again gets slightly less rubbish."??

Doesn't sound like they are Vista fans to me!

Brian ONeill

February 2, 2009, 5:22 pm

I liked vista too, but seriously check out windows 7, its vista that works 10 times better. Its faster, cleaner, more user friendly, a great job altogether.

Gordon, can you ask your MS contacts if there will be special upgrade deals for vista users. As a vista user I will seriously resent paying a huge upgrade price for what is essentially vista that works.


February 2, 2009, 5:59 pm

I agree with Brian, get the 7 beta quickly before they take it down. If you liked Vista you'll positively love 7.

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